19 Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square

P.O. Box 13, 10 000
Phone: (+ 385 1) 4873 101
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Archaeological Museum In Zagreb

The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb is one of the direct successors to the former National Museum, the oldest museum institution in the Croatian capital. This first national museum was opened to the public with an exhibit held in 1846 in what was then the National Hall, a luxurious mansion in the Upper Town at 18 Opaticka Street, once the property of Count Dragutin Draskovic. The first curator assigned to care for the museum was Dragutin Rakovac, followed by Mijat Sabljar. The administration of the museum was taken over in 1869 by Sime Ljubic, the first to have been an educated expert, followed by the first professional archaeologists, Josip Brunsmid and his successor Viktor Hoffiller. It should be emphasized that the impetus to fund such an institution in Zagreb, as well as the first significant initiatives to actualize this project, definitely occurred earlier than the cited dates. To a great extent they can be attributed to a specific atmosphere created by members of the Croatian Rebirth movement. The "Illyrians", as they were known, saw in the establishment of an institution of this type both advancement and affirmation of the Croatian cultural identity as a whole. Their leader, Ljudevit Gaj, in a special proclamation from 1829 called on the public to cooperate in gathering contributions both in funds and material, entrusting carrying this out to the Royal Juridical Academy, then the most prominent scientific institution in Zagreb.

The museum has gone through various phases of organization from its founding. On the very eve of the actual establishment of the National Museum, it was active within the just previously established Economic Society, and afte... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The ancient and valuable items held by the museum are systematically organized into several collections. The Prehistoric, Classical (Greek and Roman), and Mediaeval Collections follow the usual chronological system of all European museum departments. The museum also contains an Egyptian Collection, the only one in this region, as well as a Numismatic Collection that is one of the largest in Europe and beyond. As a whole, most of the material is of local provenience, from regions historically belonging to Croatia, although the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, in contrast to similar museums in Croatia, also contains rich collections and individual monuments of foreign origin. Along with the already mentioned Egyptian Collection and a large segment of the Numismatic Collection, several important collections of Greek and Roman artifacts come from foreign lands. These include an important collection of Grecian painted vases from southern Italy and Greece, a valuable collection of stone monuments of Italic provenience - sculptures, reliefs, inscriptions, etc. - formerly in the possession of Count Laval Nugent, and in particular the famed wrapping of the Zagreb mummy, the Etruscan "linen book" of Zagreb (Liber linteus Zagrabiensis).

The Prehistoric Collection

The prehistoric collection, containing some 60,000 varied artifacts, is one of the largest and most complete collections of its kind in this part of Europe. The varied material offers an insight into the development and sequence of cultures in the prehistoric period in historically Croatian regions, including the area of Syrmia (Srijem - now part of Vojvodina), in a span of almost seven millennia extending from the ea...+ [ Read all ]



From a Roman City to an Archaeological Park

18th May – 14th October 2007.

The exhibition 2000 YEARS OF ANDAUTONIA from the founding of the Roman city to the Archaeological park, marks the 2000th anniversary of the first urban planning of the present day Zagreb area. The results are also presented of long-term archaeological excavations in Šcitarjevo, which resulted in the museological presentation of the Roman city, which is thus present in space and time even after 2000 years.
Original objects found in Šcitarjevo will be presented in the context of finds and with explanation of their use, while projections and computer reconstructions will present the Roman architecture.
The exhibition will also present the project of further development of the Archaeological park as the Ecomuseum of the Sava basin in the Šcitarjevo area. At the exhibition visitors will have opportunity to buy souvenirs made within the project of the visual identity of the Archaeological park.
Every Saturday (until 1st July 2007), workshops will be organized with the exhibition, and every Sunday for the duration of the exhibition, the entry to the Archaeological park in Šcitarjevo will be free.
During two days (Friday, 18th May, from 12:00 to 19:00 and Saturday, 19th May, from 18:00 to 22:00) the program of the Andautonia Days will be organized in the premises of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, where the visitors will be invited to taste the Roman food and play Roman games. In addition to this, various crafts in a Roman city (production of pottery, oil lamps etc.) will be presented through a series of workshops.

Professional concept: Dorica Nemeth Ehrl...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

From Mithra's sanctuary to the Church of St. Michael; Results of the excavations in Proložac Donji – Postranje

15th February – 14th April 2007

The exhibition From Mithra’s sanctuary to the church of St. Michael presents the results of archaeological excavations on the local cemetery of Proložac Donji near Imotski. It bears a distinct testimony of a two-millennia-long continuity of human activities at a position where architectural remains from classical antiquity were discovered, in addition to an early Christian sacral and sepulchral complex and an early medieval church, and which yielded a valuable collection of stone, ceramic, glass and metal objects.

Prominent among them are Roman grave stelae, remains of early Christian and pre-Romanesque church furniture, late medieval stećak-type monuments and large crosses, recent stone fragments remaining after the destruction of the old church of St. Michael, as well as pieces of jewellery from classical antiquity, late antiquity, middle ages and the recent period, metal tools, fragments of glass and ceramic vessels, and Roman, Byzantine, Turkish, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian coins. The most important movable monument from the site is the two-sided Mithraic icon with the representation of Taurochtony on one side and the Feast on the other, and with a votive inscription.

The excavation results are also illustrated with panels with representations of the archaeological map of the upper part of the Imotski-Bekija plain, architectural plans of individual phases and an animated pictorial presentation of the Proložac area, with its exceptionally rich natural and cultural heritage.

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Exhibitions (1)

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Occasional Exhibitions:

- adults 20 kn,
- children, retired people 10 kn
- family 30 kn
professional guidance:
- on Croatian language 50 kn,
- on English language 100 kn.

The Archaeological Park of Andautonia at Scitarjevo:

- adults 20 kn
- children, students, retired people 5 kn
- family 30 kn
- workshops 5 kn per person (10-25 persons) Professional guidance 50 kn.

Opening hours

Permanent Collections & The Lapidarium:

Mon: Closed
Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Occasional Exhibitions:

Mon: Closed
Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Archaeological Park of Andautonia at Scitarjevo:

Working hours
from May 1st to September 23rd
working days (except Monday) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

from September 24th to October 31st
every day (except Monday) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

For any additional information or guidance applications please contact:
The Archaeological Museum - Zagreb, Trg N.S. Zrinskog 19
Dora Kušan Špalj, 099 4557 571
Dorica Nemeth Ehrlich, 099 4824 199


The Library of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb contains around 45,000 different volumes and is one of the richest, most specialized archaeological libraries in Croatia. A local call number has been used to classify the books since 1945, still basically in use today. Although the library is open to all interested members of the public, the main readers are archaeologists, other scientists, similar professionals, and archaeology
students. The incoming volumes have been catalogued in the ISBN system since 1984, and a computer system was introduced for cataloguing in 1993. The library today has three catalogues: the old one (handwritten), the new one (ISBN), and the most recent one, offering a computer search system (for those books entered into it). The library is in contact with 363 institutions, with an annual exchange of 14 journals. The total yearly influx is circa 600 volumes. Most of the library collection has been acquired in exchange for various publications, particularly the annual journal of the museum, Vjesnik arheoloskog muzeja u Zagrebu (VAMZ) / "The Journal of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb", as well as other editions, exhibition catalogues, monographs, and so forth.

The museum gift and souvenir shop :

To purchase the annual journal of the museum, Vjesnik Arheoloskog Muzeja u Zagrebu, catalogues, guides, monographs & books: [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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From 1994, the Archaeological Museum has undertaken teaching activities so as to improve communication with the public in general. Particular attention is paid to pre-school and school children, as well as the elderly and handicapped individuals. A suitable part of the museum is being organized for the above activities, which will contribute to yet more successful pedagogic activities in the future. The museum has been active in various projects and campaigns from the beginning of systematic pedagogic activities, on the local, national, and international level.

A mascot has been conceived for this department, ARCHIMIR, a jolly little cartoon figure who leads children through history.


Mila Skaric, museum pedagog ( )