Zagreb City Museum


in short

Zagreb City Museum (*founded in 1907) shows the past of Zagreb from prehistory until today. The permanent display gives a depiction of the city in all its aspects, from political, ecclesiastical, historical and economic to architecture and urban design, culture and history, entertainment and everyday life.
Zgrada Muzeja grada Zagreba / Zagreb City Museum building
© Muzej grada Zagreba / Zagreb City Museum

Zagreb City Museum

in detail

The forty five themes, in an interesting and thoroughly historically documented manner, constitute a sequence of characteristic topics and events creating an image of the city in its historical and cultural development. Each period is illustrated with characteristic objects that give a vivid portrait of Zagreb, starting from the legend about the origin of the name of the city, going on to life in medieval Gradec, via an ideally reconstructed figural portal of the old Zagreb Cathedral, symbol of the ecclesiastical city, to the Church of St. Mark, telling of the rich Baroque atmosphere of its one-time interior.

Based on the archaeological excavations under the Museum, the prehistoric settlement constructed in the 7th century BC of the Halstatt culture of the Early Iron Age, as well as a house and workshop of the La Tene culture of the Late Iron Age are displayed in situ.

The 20th century is shown in characteristic entries, giving an interpretation of the most important events, from the International Style of Zagreb’s modern architecture to life in Zagreb during the first and second world wars.
The chronology of the display ends with the 1990-ies, when sovereign and independent Republic of Croatia was established. In 1991, Zagreb found itself involved in a war not of its own making. In spite of the war, Zagreb was able to commemorate the 9 th centenary of the foundation on the See of Zagreb, the celebrations being crowned by a visit from Pope John Paul II.

A special section consists of collections that have been given to the city: the study of Croatian composer Ivan pl. Zajc, the study of city councillor and writer August Šenoa, the fine artistic legacy of the important German actress Tille Durieux who found refuge in Zagreb in her flight from Hitler, the unique Ivan Gerersdorfer Collection of Musical Automata and the Dr Ante Rodin Collection of Old Packaging.

In the year 2000 Museum was nominated for the EMYA award.
Zagreb City Museum
The building the Museum occupies was once the Convent of the Poor Clares (1650), and is itself a historical monument of great importance. The museological programme determined that, while the premises were being repaired and restored for their new use in 1989-1997, systematic archaeological works should also be carried out. We have taken advantage of the multi-layeredness of the building, drawing particular attention to it by specially shaped captions in grey.

The archaeological excavations brought new information about life on Grič Hill to light, which is why the permanent exhibition actually starts from an interpretation of the archaeological finds which are presented in the very place where they were uncovered. We display the prehistoric settlement constructed in the 7th century BC, at the beginning, that is, of the Halstatt culture of the Early Iron Age, as well as a house and workshop of the La Tene culture of the Late Iron Age. The archaeological map serves to acquaint the visitor with the most important sites and finds in the city and its environs.
30,00 HRK / 3,95 EUR
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Zagreb City Museum
Opatička 20
10000 Zagreb
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Opening Times

10:00 - 14:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 19:00
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