As we love talking about art and finer things in life, it would be a shame not to take note of the museums we have here in our city, Split. While we do not have any world caliber museums the size of Louvre or the Prado, there are still some magnificent works of art to be seen and enjoyed.
And now for the short guide of some of the most famous Split Museums!
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, SPLIT
The oldest museum in Croatia, founded in 1820, and originally located on the eastern wall of the Diocletian’s palace. It was moved to the present location in 1917. It numbers more than 15 000 exhibits, mostly from Salona and Issa (today known as Vis).
The current building of the museum
Sarcophagus from Salona
THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
The brainchild of Kamilo Tončić, an architect from Zadar with a passion for all things connected to folk art and crafts. Kamilo was a tireless innovator who opened the first High School for Craftmanship in Split, and several years later the Ethnographic museum. It was moved around frequently, before settling for good the old City Hall on the Pjaca square in 1924. It remained there until 2004, when it was moved near to the Peristyle (behind the Vestibule to be exact). As its name suggests, it exhibits mostly collection of folk clothing, tools, art, and it has an extensive collection of old documents and books.
CITY MUSEUM OF SPLIT
A museum located in the late Gothic – early Renaissance Papalic Palace. It’s exhibits are from the 11th until the 20th century time span and are numbered at around 4600.
It was officially opened in 1911, as an annex of the National Library. It was detached from the Library in 1946 and moved to the current location in 1950.
GALLERY OF FINE ARTS
Founded in 1931, today located in the Old City Hospital next to Đardin. Most of the artwork came through acquisitions, donations and bequests by some of prominent Split citizens of the time (like Ivo Tartaglia). It numbers about 3 500 works, chief among who are a work by Alberch Durer, Andrija Aleši, Ivan Meštrović, Vlaho Bukovac, Paolo Veneziano and many many more. The artworks date from the 14th to the 20th century, spanning the late romantic to modern period.
That is it for now about famous Split museums, until next time!
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