5 Museums You Have To Visit In Zagreb

Zagreb is a city of thousands of attractions which make it one of the top destinations to visit in Croatia. Museums of Zagreb are not an exception! Prehistoric arts and contemporary pieces, old museums and modern buildings, paintings, photos, sculptures - the whatever you would like to explore, you can find in Croatian capital. Where to go? Check out our guide and read about 5 best museums you have to visit in Zagreb!

1. Mimara Museum

It is named after Ante Topić Mimara who donated to the museum almost 4,000 of art pieces. The collection of the museum exhibits art works, dating from the prehistoric period up to nowadays, including the masterpieces of such world famous artists as Raffaello, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Renoir, Degas, etc. This is, probably, one of the most impressive collections you will see in your life, so if you are planning a trip to Zagreb, don't miss your chance to visit this museum!

2. Museum of Contemporary Art

This is the biggest and most important museum of contemporary art in the country. Because of its creative architecture and crazy forms it can be called one the most impressive buildings as well! It was opened in December, 2009, after the long 6 years of construction. Nowadays the museum is housing more than 12,000 of objects, and half of them are presented at its permanent exhibitions, including the art works of the most significant Croatian and international artists. Also the building houses a library, a multimedia hall, a bookstore, cafe and a restaurant.

3. Zagreb City Museum

Zagreb City Museum is one of the oldest in Croatia, it was opened in 1907. Its collection has more than 75,000 items which represent the history of the city, its culture and lifestyle, dating from prehistoric up to modern times. It includes paintings, maps, city views, furniture, flags, military uniforms, coats of arms and other pieces. Moreover, it is places in the old historic building, which also has many stories to share with its visitors! In a few words, if you love history and don't mind to learn more about the city you are visiting, it will be a perfect and complete introduction to Zagreb!

4. The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art

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The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art dedicated to the work of naive artists of the 20th century, not only Croatian, but also international ones. Its collection consists of almost 2,000 of art pieces, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. It was opened in 1952 and since that time, it is located on the first floor of the 18th-century Raffay Palace. Besides that, regular meetings, discussions and other cultural and social events are taking place in the museum, that also makes it an important cultural centre of Zagreb.

5. Museum of Broken Relationships

This is absolutely one of the most creative museums not only in Zagreb or Croatia, but also in the world! As its name says, the museum is dedicated to relationships that failed, and exhibits personal objects left over from former lovers. It was founded by two artists from Zagreb, Olinka Vištica, a film producer, and Dražen Grubišić, a sculptor. After they broke up, they were joking about making a museum of the stuff that left after their relationship. But in the end, the joke became a reality, the museum was opened indeed and became one of the most successful art projects.


Wherever you decided to go and whatever you decide to discover - from prehistory art to contemporary one, be sure, Zagreb will satisfy your needs and surprise you with great museums and collections. Visiting Zagreb, don't forget to include its museums in your plan s well, and simply enjoy it!


Kate Makogon
Traveler and adventure seeker. Expert in travelling in Europe. Foodie and art lover. Can't stop wondering the beauty of this world.