The history of humanity is what museums and galleries primarily shed light on. And even though no museum can give us the whole picture, there are many lessons we can learn from the past by visiting them.
There are many reasons why we should include visiting museums on the list of activities when visiting a new city or a new country, and today, we are writing you about some of the reasons as well as some of the most interesting museums in Croatia.
Museums collect and display significant cultural, artistic, historical, or scientific artifacts. Simply put, museums help to educate, inspire, and connect people.
Museums educate visitors through informal learning, which is an unstructured and spontaneous educational experience. This type of learning happens all the time.
Interacting with museum exhibits and information is a fun and engaging way for both children and adults to participate in an informal educational experience to learn more about a place’s culture, tradition, or history.
In the future, museums and other cultural institutions will continue to play an important role in the education of future generations. Institutions around the world are doing their part to pass down knowledge, from creating exhibitions for children to teaching children in a quasi-classroom setting.
Museums evoke existential reactions only available through witnessing something extraordinary, from the awe-inspiring to the surprising.
Inspiring experiences frequently motivate people to take action in their lives and do something creative or meaningful. Reading books, watching movies, and visiting museums are all excellent ways to be inspired. However, none of these can help communities connect as well as museums.
Many museum visitors say their main reason for going is to spend time with family or friends. Museums, on the other hand, bring together more than just friends and family. Museums across the country are transforming into community gathering places by hosting concerts, conferences, and other events.
Technology and Innovation
The traditional meaning of a museum has been challenged as a result of technological advancements over the last two decades. Museums are being transformed by modern technology from places of looking and learning to places of interaction, participation, and engagement.
Must-visit Museums in Croatia
There are many museums in Croatia that are worth visiting but we are writing you today about our favorite ones!
- Varaždin City Museum – The Cultural, Historical, Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Entomological Departments, as well as the Gallery of Old and Contemporary Masters, are parts of Varaždin City Museum.
2. Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb – The exhibits at the museum are exactly what you would expect. It displays love letters and personal objects from former lovers and is dedicated to failed love relationships and affairs. It tells heartbreaking stories and displays items that represent love.
3. Archeological Museum, Split – The Archaeological Museum, founded in 1820, is arguably Croatia’s best and most comprehensive history museum. Its vast collection includes 6,000 Salona stone epitaphs, approximately 30,000 history, and archaeology books, a massive number of coins from Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Roman glass and Greek Hellenistic ceramics, and classical sculptures and mosaics.
4. Diocletians Dream, Split – One of the contemporary museums powered by innovation and technology. This is a VR museum where modern technology meets ancient heritage and an experience that brings the history of Split to life. Through a 15-minute VR movie, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about one of the most fascinating Roman emperors – Diocletian – while wandering through the chambers of his palace. When in Split, you can book your visit here!
5. Nehaj Castle, Senj – If you are interested in the history of European castles and the lifestyle associated with them—tournaments, knights, chivalry, and so on—this powerful castle is as close as you can get in Croatia. Nehaj Castle is now a museum with exhibits of drawings, clothing, weapons, and models of various items related to the fortress’s use.
6. Zagreb 80’s Museum – The Zagreb 80’s is dedicated to presenting the past in a new way. Its space is a reconstruction of everyday life in the former Yugoslavia in a unique and interactive way that intersects past & future, way of life and heritage, memories and emotions.
Save the list for your next trip to Croatia because Croatia is much more than just a beautiful coastline, delicious seafood, idyllic islands, and photogenic coastal towns.