The Zagreb museums and art collections possess exhibits from the whole world round of very considerable historical and artistic value.
Things of particular rarity are the Zagreb Mummy with the world's longest text in Etruscan, and the remains of Neanderthal prehistoric man (homo Krapinensis).
Croatian Naive Art Museum
This is considered the first museum of naive art in the world. The museum keeps works of Croatian naive expression of the 20th century. It is located in the 18th century Raffay Palace in the Upper Town. The museum holdings consist of 1500 works of art - paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, mainly by Croatian but also by other well-known world artists. There are also large documentary holdings about the Naive. The permanent exhibition was created according to a dual motif: "Naive art as a segment of modern art" and "They created the history of Croatian naive art". Some 80 anthology piece paintings and sculptures of some score of classics of the Naive are on show (Ivan Generalic, Mirko Virius, Ivan Vecenaj, M. Kovacic, Ivan Lackovic, Ivan Rabuzin). As well as these, works by artists of world significance are on show (G. van der Steen, S. Schwartzenberg, E. Benassi, E. Bodeker). From time to time, the museum organizes topics and retrospective exhibitions by naive artists, expert meetings and educational workshops and playrooms.
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Gliptoteka - Sculpture Museum
The Glyptotheca is a part of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, profiled as a museum of sculpture art dating from the Antiquity to the present day. Established in 1937 as a repository of sculpture plaster casts, and enlarging its collections to include a number of important works by Croatian sculptors from the 19th and the 20th century, it was made a part of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and named Glyptotheca in 1950.
Today, the Glyptotheca is the custodian of the largest collection of works of sculpture in Croatia, including both plaster casts and original works dating from the 19th to the 21st century that are displayed in more than 14,000 m² of available space. The collections of this museum include more than 13,000 works of art. In addition to the permanent display of its collections, the Glyptotheca of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts organizes artistic and other cultural events, exhibitions in cooperation with other museums and galleries, lectures, and a range of other events in its display rooms, the theatre and in the open-air Sculpture Park.
Ivan Mestrovic Atelier
The greatest Croatin sculptor's Studio Mestrovic is part of the Ivan Mestrovic Museums together with the Mestrovic Gallery and Kastelet-Crkvine in Split, as well as the Church of the Sacred Redeemer in Otavice. It is part of the bequest of the greatest Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. The collection is located in the family house in which Mestrovic lived from 1922 to 1942. It was built in the 17th century and converted to make a fine studio and family house. The artist donated the house, together with 300 sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and plaster, together with drawings, lithographs and specimens of furniture done to his own designs, to the country. The Atelier looks after a fine set of the artist's photographic documentation and his personal records, as well as of others artists related to the works and person of Ivan Mestrovic. The permanent exhibition is set up in an authentic setting, with works of Mestrovic created up to 1942.
This Pavilion was one of the first pre-fabricated buildings in Europe. Its iron construction, made for the Millennium Exhibition in Budapest in 1896. was later moved to Zagreb. It was opened in 1898. During its more than 100 years, the premises of the Pavilion have hosted retrospective exhibitions of Croatian artists, problem exhibitions and exhibitions of cycles by well-established artists. It also has hosted exhibitions by world known authors (Henry Moore, K. Kollwitz, Auguste Rodin) and foreign galleries have several times made guest appearances here. The Pavilion is also the venue for the Zagreb Salon, Youth Salon and many other very interesting collective exhibitions. Retrospective exhibitions and exhibitions of individual cycles, thematic and problem exhibitions and cultural projects are frequently put on in the Pavilion.
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Museum of Broken Relationships
Visitors can find solace in one of the museum’s many odd exhibits – old love letters, photographs and other lover’s gifts to one another. Each exhibit has been donated by a jilted lover, and comes with a short description attached. The creators of the museum say the inspiration for the museum came from the times they found themselves comforting broken-hearted friends.
The museum houses some bizarre gifts presented by the lovelorn, including an artificial leg gifted by a soldier to his physiotherapist, and even a gallstone. Besides looking at remnants of other people’s shattered lives, a newly and unhappily single person can also donate his or her gifts and love letters or other mementos as exhibits to the museum to help heal their own wounds.
Zagreb Croatian Architecture Museum
The Museum was founded in 1995. The holdings of the Museum consist of 18,000 archive items related to the history of Croatian architecture. The material from the period between the end of the 19th century and today is of exceptional value. The Museum has no permanent exhibition. It does organize occasional exhibitions of selections from the holdings and architectural production, thematic exhibitions, panel discussions and various lectures.
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Croatian School Museum
The Croatian Teaching and Literary Union founded the Croatian Schools Museum in 1901. It is located in the building of the Croatian Teacher's House. It is the only museum in Croatian specializing in education; material from the past and present of Croatian schooling and teaching are collected, studies and exhibited. The permanent exhibition consists of about 1,000 exhibits, the unit called Paris Room having been given a prize at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900. The Teaching Library has more than 30,000 professional books and rarities (the oldest books is from the 16th century). From time to time, thematic, occasional and cultural and historical exhibitions are organized, as well as lectures, launches, professional congresses and educational workshops and playrooms.
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Croatian State Archives
Built in 1913, the The Croatian State Archives building is one of the most beautiful seccesionist buildings in Croatia. This most important palace of the Croatian secessionist period is a successful combination of early Viennese secessionism and modern European architecture marked from the beginning of the 20th century. It is a solitary building situated within a park and it blends well into the urban plan of Down Town Zagreb; that is the so-called ‘green horseshoe’ which is based around several other city parks. This place, filled with rich works of art (paintings, reliefs, chandeliers and desk lamps, as well as decorative objects and furniture), is ideal for holding business meetings as well as top-class events where the beauty of the place itself will be an additional tool for success.
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The Typhlological Museum opened in 1953 in Zagreb and is one of the rare special museums in Europe engaged in dealing with the issue of people with disabilities, especially those with visual impairment. The Museum holds objects connected to education, rehabilitation, everyday life and artistic expression by blind and partially sighted persons which are divided into five collections: Collection of Objects, Collection of Photographs, Ophthalmological Collection, Collection of Archival Material and Art Collection. The Museum also houses a specialized library. With its activities the Museum endeavours to introduce the social community with the world of those with impaired vision and in this way encourage harmonious and tolerant relations between people, respecting the individuality of every person.
The Museum is also open to people with disabilities who can actively participate in its activities. The Museum organizes various thematic workshops, presentations and exhibitions from the Tactile Gallery series which exhibit the work of academic sculptors and self-taught blind authors. The new permanent exhibition with interactive content and five thematic units opened in January 2008: Dark Room, Origins of Institutional Care for the Blind, Everyday Life in the National Institute for Education of Blind Children, Development of Script for Blind People, Keeping Up with Time and Art Works by Blind Authors.
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