Croatian History Museum (Hrvatski Povijesni Muzej), Zagreb

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The Croatian Natural History Museum is the oldest and biggest natural history museum and the main body for natural history research, preservation and collection in Croatia. Located on Dimitrije Demeter Street in Gornji Grad, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the Croatian capital Zagreb, it owns one of the biggest museum collections in Croatia, with over 2 million artefacts, including over 1.1 million animal specimens. It was founded in 1846 as the "National Museum". The National Museum was later split up into five museums, three of which were in 1986 merged as departments of the newly named Croatian Natural History Museum. The museum contains a large scientific library open to the public, and publishes the first Croatian natural history scientific journal, Natura Croatica.The permanent display of the Croatian Natural History Museum consists of mineralogical, petrographical and zoological collections, as well as two permanent exhibits in the atrium: the Rock Map of Croatia and the Geological Pole. It is home to the remains of the Neanderthal from Krapina.HistoryThe history of the Croatian Natural History Museum begins with the founding of the so-called "National Museum" on 10 September 1846, the first museum for historic and pre-historic objects related to Croatia. In 1867, it was moved to its current address. The National Museum grew and was split into five new museums by the end of the 19th century. Three of them covered natural history: the Croatian National Zoological Museum, the Geological–Palaeontological Museum and the Mineralogical–Petrographic Museum . All three were housed in the same building on Demeter Street 1, and, in 1986, united into the Croatian Natural History Museum.
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  • They did have a small museum collection which was currently about the Homeland War in the Dubrovnik region. There was a lot of information there however only half of it was in English.  more »
  • We we disappointed. The Zagreb museum directory made it sound bigger and more comprehensive than it was. Total focus was on recent war.  more »
  • This was the first museum we visited, located in a beautiful historical building. There are in the ground floor sculptures dating from the Roman period and in the various musical instruments dating back to the city of Pompeii. In the first floor story of animals that were there and the ones we still today and also things of the medieval period. Let's say we have found a little bit of everything, but I enjoyed it. There are also interactive games for children. For the price of entry I haven't watched since we had both the card and then was the first Sunday of the month. Recommended!!
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  • They had an excellent exhibit (I spent 2 hours there) but a fooolish rule against taking photos. They complain in print that they don't have enough funding, but then they won't let people take photos and share this. Misguided! Sharing photos would make the museum more popular. Also, all over the world, almost all history museums allow--even encourage--taking photos. There is no good reason for this museum to be different. In addition, they were rude and inconsistent in explaining the "no photo" rule. They said "you can take some but not too many", then they said "no photos". Then they just made up a number "you can take five". After this, the staff went around with their own friends and took lots of photos: not for work, just for fun. So, despite a really good exhibit, it was not a good experience.
  • Seen an exhibition about the homeland war in Dubrovnik , very insightful and so sad. Highly recommended
  • Very Informative museum
  • A bit confusing at first as the first floor is more of a dodgy gallery showing some local artist's paintings of animals and we thought that was it. But no you can go upstairs, there's a few more floors with fossils, skeletons, stuffed animals, geological displays. Quite interesting and killed a couple of hours but very little display explanation in English.
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