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Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Istria

Istria encompasses vast cultural offerings from galleries, museums and theatres including 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Their significance and beauty are inspiring!
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Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Pula

Museum The Archeological Museum of Istria (Pula, Istria)


Museum The Archeological Museum of Istria, Pula The discovery of the ceramic and metal subjects in Nezakcij was the ground for the foundation of City Museum in 1902.year. In 1968.year the redecorated lapidary in the ground floor of Museum was open, and in 1973.year the Pre- historical, Antique, Late Antique and Medieval exhibition halls were also open. Museum is fulfill with the new finding from the Pre- historic caves, monuments and necropolis, antique economical complex, constructions, cemeteries and sacral object of Early Christian and Byzantine Age.
Phone: 00385 52 351300
Address: Carrarina ulica 3
Admission: adults 20 kn, children 10 kn

Museum The Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria (Pula, Istria)


Museum The Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria, Pula The Cultural Art Institution which collects the art works made in the second half of the last century till the recent work of Istrian artist.
Phone: +385 (0) 52 423 205, +385 (0) 98 420 401, +385 (0) 91 919 1495, +385 (0) 91 151 3069
Address: Flanatička 29
Admission: free of charge

Museum Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum (Brioni, Istria)


Museum Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum, Brioni Collections and museums within the complex of the Brijuni National Park and Memorial site: Archaeological museum with archaeological sites from the Roman and early Christian periods, Ethnographic museum, former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito Memorial Museum.
Phone: +385 (0)52 525822
Fax: (0)52 521124

Museum Arena (Amphitheatre) (Pula, Istria)


Museum Arena (Amphitheatre), Pula Olive and Wine-growing of Istria in the Antiquity
Phone: +385 (0)52 351300
Address: Flavijevska bb
Admission: adults 40 kn, children 20 kn

Museum Temple of Augustus (Pula, Istria)


Museum Temple of Augustus, Pula Exhibition of Roman portrait sculpture
Phone: +385 (0)52 351300
Address: Forum
Admission: adults 10 kn, children 5 kn

Museum Sacral Art Collection (Vodnjan, Istria)


Museum Sacral Art Collection, Vodnjan It is located in the Parish Church of St. Blaise. The church treasury holds a collection of paintings, wooden sculptures, 234 reliquaries from the 16th - 19th centuries, liturgical vessels and objects as well as liturgical vestments. A special place in the collection are the corpi sancti (mummified bodies of saints).
Phone: +385 (0)52 511420
Address: Vodnjan, Župna crkva sv. Blaža (Parish church)
Admission: adults 35 kn, children 30 kn

Museum Naval Library (Pula, Istria)


Museum Naval Library, Pula Among the great number of cultural and historic monuments that you shouldn't miss in Pula, the Naval Library (Marine-Bibliothek), located in the House of the Armed Forces is perhaps the least familiar one. The Naval Library was founded in Venice in 1802, and the Republic of Austria donated part of its holdings to Pula in 1975. Part of the library holdings (some 11,000 volumes), together with inventory books has remained in the Library of the Austrian National Archives (Bibliothek des Österreichischen Staatsarchivs) in Vienna. In 1992 it was listed as a cultural monument of the Republic of Croatia.The Naval Library disposes of 6,757 titles in 20,371 volumes, among which there are 13,000 monographs, 7,000 journals, annuals and newspapers. These are strictly scientific and professional publications of scientific associations and institutions from all over the world published between the 16th century and 1918.
Address: Leharova 1
Phone: +385 (0)52 213888

Museum Antonio Smareglia's Memorial Room (Pula, Istria)


Museum Antonio Smareglia's Memorial Room, Pula This publication is dedicated to the Istrian composer Antonio Smareglia. It is being published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth and of the opening of the memorial room in the composer’s birth-house in Pula. The establishment of the memorial room was sponsored by the government of Italian Region of Veneto, the County of Istria, and the City of Pula. The exhibited material has been donated by the composer’s daughter, the late Silvia Smareglia, her two children, Adua Smareglia Rigotti and the late Silvano Smareglia, and the composer’s great-granddaughters Annamaria Smareglia Borgioli and Mariarosa Rigotti Longo. The exhibition also includes the artwork by the sculptor Alfredo Sficco, the painter Gualtiero Mocenni and other artists who had dedicated some of their work to Smareglia. We would like to express our thanks to the rest of the contributors who had made donations, to the Italian music publisher Casa Musicale Sonzogno di Piero Ostali and to the Teatro Comunale “Giuseppe Verdi” in Trieste.
Address: Augustov prolaz 3

Theatre Istarsko narodno kazalište Gradsko kazalište Pula (Pula, Istria)


Theatre Istarsko narodno kazalište Gradsko kazalište Pula, Pula
Address: Laginjina 5
Phone: +385 (0)52 212 677


Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Porec and Vrsar

Museum The Museum of Sacral Art (Porec, Istria)


Museum The Museum of Sacral Art, Porec The Museum is located in the historical building of diocese from 6th century. In the museum are: the collection of stone monuments and original mosaic from 4th and 5th century, and the collection of the statues and paintings.
Address: Eufrazijeva ulica 22

Museum Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park (Vrsar, Istria)


Museum Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park, Vrsar Born in Strumica on 31st January 1928. Graduated in1951 on the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb at the class of prof. V. Radaus and enrolls in Master class of prof. F. Kršinić. 1953 starts to work in his own studio. 1954 first one man show. 1970 begins construction of his house, studio and Sculpture Park in Vrsar. He lived and worked between Zagreb, Vrsar and Brussels. ...With more than half of a century of work behind him, Dzamonja is one of the most distinguished artists in Europe. A testimony to his contribution to art has been provided throughout his career by the many honors, prizes, and commissions that had come this way. So what is that particular quality that he has contributed to the world of sculpture for which has been so widely recognized bx museums and critics? In as much as it is ever possible to answer such questions, three aspects of Dzamonja's work suggest themselves. He developed new ways of using traditional materials; he reconciled the intractability of metal to the fluidity and animation of nature; and , without resorting to narrative, he imbued his architectural monuments with the sensation of human presence...
Phone: +385 (0)432263
Admission: free

Museum Sacral Collection of Funtana and Vrsar (Vrsar, Istria)


Museum Sacral Collection of Funtana and Vrsar, Vrsar Permanent exhibit of paintings, statues, liturgical items, arts and crafts This church, dating from the first half of the 17th century was built in the Renaissance style but with some Baroque elements too. The facade and the Renaissance portal are very plain. On both sides of the portal there are two windows with iron bars. Until the requisition of the bells for war purposes during the World War I and II in the belfry there were two bells made in the Venetian foundries (from the 17th and 18th century). The bell with the signature OPVS CASTELLIS made in the 16th century in the Venetian foundry was removed in the World War I. It was replaced by the bell made in the foundry Lapagna in Trieste in 1922. This bell, as well as the other one from the 17th century, decorated with images of St. Fosca, the Madonna and crucifixion and provided with the Latin text SANCTA FVSCA VRSARIAE MDCLXXX (St. Fosca of Vrsar 1680) was taken away during the World War II. However, these bells were not used for war purposes and today they can be seen in the bell tower of the parish church of St. Martin. The church of St. Fosca has been recently renovated. Its sacral collection contains valuable exhibits, such as the painting “Martyrdom of St. Fosca” from the 17th century. Especially attractive are the sepulchral slabs decorated with coat-of-arms and Latin texts. In front of the main altar there is the tomb of the Vrsar priest Luka Prodanić (Luca Prodanich), Croat, who died in 1659. The clerical symbols (Chalice and host) are engraved on the slab.
Address: Vrsar, Crkva sv. Foške (Church of St. Fosca)

Museum Collection (Porec, Istria)


Museum Collection, Porec Collection of the Poreč Parish is located near Euphrasius' Basilica: about 40 museum exhibits - fragments of mosaics (the oldest from the 3rd century), crucifixes from the 13th century, several altar paintings from the 15th-17th centuries, and choir stalls.
Address: Eufrazijeva ulica 22

Gallery Art souvenirs (Porec, Istria)


Gallery Art souvenirs, Porec Parallel to Decumanus Street, in Euphrasiana Street you can visit a series of original atelier galleries.
Address: Eleuterija 5

Gallery Art studio Varzić (Porec, Istria)


Gallery Art studio Varzić, Porec Parallel to Decumanus Street, in Euphrasiana Street you can visit a series of original atelier galleries.
Address: Sv. Maura 12 a


Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Labin

Museum The National Museum (Labin, Istria)


Museum The National Museum, Labin The National Museum is situated in the middle of the town in the Baroque Palace Battiala- Lazzarini. The biggest part takes the presentation of mining history which is unique in this part of the Europe, and there are archeological, ethnographic, gallerian and cultural- historical and sacral collections.
Address: Prvog maja 6
Phone: +385 (0)52 852477
Admission: adults 15 kn, children 10 kn

Museum Illyricus' Memorial Collection (Labin, Istria)


Museum Illyricus' Memorial Collection, Labin Native house of protestant writer and professor of theology and Hebrew in Jena, Regensburg, Antwerp, etc. He was one of Martin Luther's first associates.
Phone: +385 (0)52 852477
Address: G. Martinuzzi 7

Museum Sacral Art Collection (Labin, Istria)


Museum Sacral Art Collection, Labin Church of St. Mary of Consolation from the 15th - 17th centuries when the fraternity of the same name was active, which commissioned this valuable series of oils on canvas from the beginning of the 17th century (Moreschi) and wooden polychromed statues representing the Apostles.
Address: Labin, Crkva sv. Marije Tješiteljice (Church of st. Mary of Consolation)

Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Umag and Novigrad

Museum Novigrad Lapidary (Novigrad, Istria)


Museum Novigrad Lapidary, Novigrad Novigrad Lapidarium Museum houses the collection of early medieval monuments, architectural sculpture and church furnishings, which all come from the neighboring cathedral. Building is situated inside the park bordered by the cathedral and residential buildings on the other sides. One of the specifics of Novigrad, in comparison with other historical towns on the western coast of Istria, is that it has a large proportion of parks inside the historical city structure. This condition has been recognized as significant for the project.
Phone: +385 (0)52 726582
Address: Veliki trg 8a
Admission: 10 kn

Museum Umag Town Museum (Umag, Istria)


Museum Umag Town Museum, Umag Exhibit replicas may be bought in the church as souvenirs. The medieval town fortress houses the exhibition of archaeological objects from the Roman period (amphorae, oil lamps, Roman vessels), and part of the area is used for exhibiting works of contemporary artists.
Phone: +385 (0)52 741440
Address:Trg sv. Martina 1
Admission: free

Collection Austro-Hungarian Navy (Novigrad, Istria)


Museum Austro-Hungarian Navy, Novigrad The nautical collection dedicated to the Navy of our great-grandfathers! Uniforms and weapons, pictures and models, photos, maps, projects and nautical tools! After a very careful preparation, it is finally possible to fulfil an awaited dream in an objective representation of the history of the imperial and royal Austro–Hungarian Navy and its activity in these places and all around the world as well. Our nautical collection in Novigrad is situated in the old town centre some footsteps from the small city harbour Mandrač. It offers you a journey through time and space, to the period when our ancestors served in the famous Austro-Hungarian Navy. Together they travelled around the world on research and diplomatic missions. On the journeys to other countries and continents, they learned about different cultures and way of living, and tehy become skilled sailors. The Austro-Hungarian Navy was important for it's activities on the coast. I's impact on the environment in which we live was very significant as the navy built shipyards, schools, harbours and lighthouses, and provided work for many people. Our collection is a must see for sea-lovers, for those interested in of the art of navigation, in history and in model making. Here you will find a unique representation of the naval history. You will discover development of the civil and military life of the Austro-Hungarian Navy as well as tis impact on the civilization and cultureup to our times. See you in Novigrad!
Phone: +385 (0) 98 254 279
Address: Mlinska 1
Admission: Adults 25 HRK, Children under 15 years of age - 20 HRK, Groups 20 HRK per person (group should consist of minimum 10 people)

Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Rovinj

Museum Rovinj Town Museum (Rovinj, Istria)


Museum Rovinj Town Museum, Rovinj It is situated in the Baroque Communal palace from the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a permanent exhibition of paintings by old masters from the 15th - 19th centuries, wooden polychromed sculpture as well as collection of paintings and sculpture of modern Croatian art.
Phone: +385 (0)52 816720
Address: Trg maršala Tita 11
Admission: adults 15 kn, children 10 kn

Collection Batana House (Rovinj, Istria)


Museum Batana House, Rovinj ‘The Batana House’ tells the story about batana, the wooden fishing flat bottom vessel and the favorite traditional vessel of the inhabitants of Rovinj. Batana has been constructed for decades by local naval carpenters and caulkers, daily used by local fishermen and owned by numerous Rovinj's families. Batana has become the main symbol of the town, so that the Town dedicated a Museum to it! It is not an ordinary museum, but the first museum in the Mediterranean dedicated to a fishing vessel! The museum is laid out in a modern way using multimedia, with film and slide projections, models, music, excellent photographs, interactive exhibits, and the original objects donated by the inhabitants of Rovinj. in an interesting and interactive way. In an interesting and interactive way, the visitors of the museum learn about the origins of batana, its typology and constituent parts, its makers and caulkers, the secrets of the process of its construction, about historic Rovinj's shipyards and about the beauty of everyday life in Rovinj and its inhabitants and their rich musical, linguistic, gastronomic, and other heritage.
Phone: +385 (0)52 812593
Address: Obala Pino Budicin 2

Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in Pazin

Museum Ethnographic Museum (Pazin, Istria)


Museum Ethnographic Museum, Pazin Ethnographic museum of Istria preserves, and actively collects textile artefacts. The main parts of the collection are Istrian traditional costumes. Wedge pattern is characteristic for the north and east Istria women costumes which is connected to Gothic period. That way of sawing is replaced by sawing the women dresses from waistcoat and skirt. Around the waist, women were wearing pas or kanica. On the head women were wearing facol, facul (kerchief) usually rakaman, nagažan - nicely embroidered, or later made of industrial textile. There were two different kinds of mail trousers: brneveke - white cloth (fabric caled sukno) trousers ankle length and tight, and brageše - shorter, wider trousers of brown cloth. Feet were covered with socks - bičve, holjevi, škafuoni, škafuonice, and men wore foot-cloths, kalcete, nazuvke. They wore strapped softsoled footwear, and latter shoes, postole.
Phone: +385 (0)52 622 220
Address: Trg Istarskog razvoda 1275, br. 1
Admission: adults 15 kn, children 8 kn

Museum Juraj Dobrila Memorial Collection (Pazin, Istria)


Museum Juraj Dobrila Memorial Collection, Pazin Juraj Dobrila Memorial Collection is a known property of Pazin situated at Veli Ježenj.
Phone: +385 (0)52 616866


Museum Pazin Town Museum (Pazin, Istria)


Museum Pazin Town Museum, Pazin Collection of Postcards and Greeting Cards, Collection of Furniture and Clocks
Phone: +385 (0)52 616866
Address: Trg Istarskog razvoda 1

Museums, Gallerie and Theatres in other cities

Museum Mijo Mirković - Mate Balota Memorial Collection (Rakalj, Istria)


Museum Mijo Mirković - Mate Balota Memorial Collection, Rakalj The collection is located in Rakalj (Castelvecchio), a small town in southern Istria. It is housed in the native home of Mijo Mirković – Mate Balota and is one of the locations that attest to the four hundred year history of the town. The collection was established in 1968. It is a transformation of the writer’s works into a museum collection, which presents the region in relation to the writer’s life and work. During the subsequent years, the collection has been reorganized several times and has been supplemented with donations made by local residents and the Mirkovic family. Mijo Mirković (1898 – 1963) was an academician and a professor at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. He published a substantial number of books, scientific studies, and articles on economics and Croatian cultural history, many of which are pioneering works in different scientific disciplines. He was deeply involved in journalism and literature and is the author of various scientific monographs on Matthias Flacius Illyricus. Prominent among his literary works are: Dragi kamen (1938), poems in Chakavian dialect; the novel Tijesna zemlja (1946); and chronicles related to Istrian themes. His poetry, characterised by a powerful social tone, is related to the Istrian people and their land. The permanent exhibition (2005), with its ethnographic material, photographs, personal items, documents and audio recordings, aims to depict the complex creative life of Mijo Mirković. The story of his life and work is told through four thematic units: Mijo Mirković and Rakalj, Life Path, Literary Motifs, and The Legacy of Mate Balota (with a special unit on traditional pottery from Rakalj). A segment of the exhibition is suited to school-age visitors. It is guided by a particular pedagogical approach and presents numerous photographs and documents.
Phone: +385 (0)52 571058

Museum Regional Museum Buzet (Buzet, Istria)


Museum Regional Museum Buzet, Buzet Archeology department, history department, ethnographic objects of the Buzet region - old town workshops.
Phone: +385 (0)52 662792
Address: Trg rašporskih kapetana 1
Admission: adults 10 kn, children 5 kn

Museum Parenzana (Livade, Istria)


Museum Parenzana, Livade The Parenzana Museum was opened at Livade on 4 November 2007, within the framework of the Parenzana – The Route of Health and Friendship project, financed from the funds of the European Programme INTERREG IIIA SLO-HU-CRO 2004-2006 (CARDS 2004). The museum collection comprises documents, photographs, old postcards, milestones and various objects related to the operation of the Parenzana Railway from 1902 to 1935. On 20 April 2011, a renewed and extended museum was presented to the public. The restoration was carried out within the PARENZANA II Project, co-financed by the EU under the IPA SI-HR 2007-2013 Programme. Moreover, a student was employed at the museum to inform the visitors about the route, the train and the project.
Phone: +385 (0)52 644077

Ethnographic Collection Kastelir (Kastelir, Istria)


Museum Ethnographic Collection, Kastelir Even today many people cherish memories of past times. Vittorio Rossoni started his ethnographic collection completely by chance – while renovating his family house he came across some twenty old household articles that our grandparents used. As time went by this valuable collection grew and became a real testimony of how people once lived in these areas. The cellar of the old house is full of tools that were once used by carpenters, stone masons, shoe-makers, coopers, blacksmiths, and also musical instruments and personal belongings such as photographs, letters, eye glasses, shaving kit, alarm clock, as well as numerous household articles that tell the story of Istria's past better than words.
Phone: +385 (0)52 463140
Admission: free