Zagreb City Museum
The exhibition shows the past of the City of Zagreb, from prehistory, traces of which were recently uncovered under the very building of the museum itself, to the present day.
The permanent exhibition is built around the objects that the Museum possesses. A modern approach to the creation and visualisation of the life of the city has led us to link the objects with the social context in which they once had their being. Wherever it has been possible, we have endeavoured to support the historicity of the theme by some authentic document. It gives a portrait of the city in all of its aspects, showing it in the light of politics, the church, history, economics and business, town-planning and architecture, the history of art and literature, entertainment, and everyday life.
A sense of connectedness has been achieved by the interweaving of theme and object, and has determined the basic conception behind the presentation of the permanent exhibition. A combined chronological and thematic approach and the application of contemporary museological and technological principles have enhanced the interest and accessibility of the Museum for the visitor of today.
The diversity of themes and objects, which range from rarities to common-or-garden objects of use, from the artistic to the popular, lend the Museum a particular charm. Through its thematic sequence, the exhibition leads the visitor into the interesting features of the rich life of Zagreb and the mutations of its urban landscape.
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 GriÄŤ 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.
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