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Zagreb Ethnographic Museum, Zagreb

(3.7/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
The Ethnographic Museum is located at 14 Ivan Mažuranić Square in Zagreb, Croatia. It was founded in 1919 by Salamon Berger. It lies in the Secession building of the one-time Trades Hall of 1903, designed by the architect Vjekoslav Bastl. The statues in the central part of the façade are the work of Rudolf Valdec. The frescoes on the interior part of the cupola were painted by Oton Iveković.The holdings of about 80,000 items cover the ethnographic heritage of Croatia, classified in three cultural zones: the Pannonian, Dinaric and Adriatic. Only about 2,800 items are on display. The exhibits richly illustrate the traditional way of life in Croatia, with a display of gold embroidered costumes and ceremonial dresses, music instruments, furniture, cooking utensils and tools. The reconstruction of farms and rooms gives an insight in the traditional life of farmers and fishermen. The Ljeposav Perinić collection consists of a number of dolls, dressed in traditional costumes.The museum also houses a large collection based on non-European cultures from Latin America, Central Africa, India, Melanesia, Polynesia and Australia.
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  • We wandered in here as we wanted to visit one museum whilst on a day visit to Zagreb and felt this might give us the best overview of Croatian history as our preferred choice of the history museum app...  more »
  • One of the few museums in Zagreb that I hadn't yet visited, and it turned out a disappointment; for sure the appeal which has the subject matter itself not sky high, threatens to SAG irretrievably if they don't try to waken the fittings. Culturally interesting the proposal of Croatian traditional costumes of the many areas, from Lika, Dalmatia, Islands, a section dedicated to other continents, with African masks and other objects collected and donated to the Museum but an exhibition dark and ancient, ridiculously old and poorly-lit shop Windows with captions that go back for sure at the time of socialism or shortly afterwards, without having the nostalgic charm of "Reflections" of that time. More interesting temporary dedicated to Lepoglava, Varaždin County town, known for the presence of a famous prison, and handicrafts in particular lace, well set out the view at both the lights and materials, distributed in most modern rooms. An Oriental artist has crossed the boundary between contemporary art and ethnographic tradition and asked the Lepoglava lacemakers dinners is to produce a human-size cage to be exhibited and in which the visitor, at least I think, can come in, having a bit of a museum otherwise a bit depressing.
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  • I wasn't quite as impressed with this place as other TA reviewers have been. Pros: - easy to find - very nice staff - cheap entry fee (15 kuna) Cons: - somewhat dimly lit - many artefacts in glass con...  more »