Museum of Arts and Crafts
Trg Republike Hrvatske 10
T: 01 4882 111, 01 4882 125
About the museum
The Museum of Arts and Crafts was founded in 1880 on the initiative of the Society of Arts and its then president, Izidor Kršnjavija, as one of the first institutions of its kind in Europe.
The operating strategy of the Museum, incidentally the first purpose-built building for a museum in Croatia, was aimed at preserving the traditional values of folk crafts and creating new aesthetics.
Today, the Museum has about one hundred thousand items of fine and applied arts in the range from the 14th to the 21st century, organized in collections: furniture, glass, metal, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, graphics, watches, graphic and product design, architecture, photographs (one of the oldest in the world) and photographic equipment, textiles and fashion, musical instruments, painted leather, ivory, printing and bookbinding.
There are eight exhibition halls on the ground floor with more than 1000 square meters of museum space provided for temporary exhibitions, from thematic, based on their own items and the cultural approach to heritage, to monographic, retrospective and problem exhibitions.
By including additional promotional programmes and programmes of the cultural scene (concerts, theatrical performances, and promotions), the museum expanded the significance of an art museum at the national level and distinguished itself in promoting more aspects of culture.
Today, the Museum of Arts and Crafts is one of the leading cultural institutions in Croatia and a must-see destination for local and foreign visitors, which in addition to high-quality exhibitions, provides superior additional content, a rich souvenir shop, loyalty programme and many other features.