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Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
Address: Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 18
Phone: +385 (0)21 323 901
The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments is one of the oldest Croatian museums and the only museum in Croatia that was founded with the unique task to explore, collect, present and study the remains of tangible and intangible culture of the Croats from the Middle Ages, respectively from the 7th to 15th century, in particular from the time of the early mediaeval Croatian State (from the 9th to 12th century). The Museum was founded under the name “First Museum of Croatian Monuments” in 1893.
The Museum’s inventory consists predominantly of exemplars of various jewelry, weaponry and objects of everyday use, as well as a large number of stone monuments that were part of the interior of early Croatian churches. With its collection of early mediaeval interlacing-ribbon and figural sculptures and a large number of early Croatian epigraphic monuments in Latin, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments currently possesses one of the greatest collections of such kind in Europe.
The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments has an extensive inventory of early Croatian archaeological heritage, with about 20000 artifacts, out of which only 25 % are displayed in a permanent exhibition.
The most significant and historically most valuable collection is the selection of epigraphic monuments from the 9th to 12th century, depicting the engraved names of Croatian rulers, secular and ecclesiastic dignitaries. This part of the Museum’s archaeological collection, as the oldest Croatian “archive” (archive in stone), has in this respect a unique historical documentary value. Besides museological work, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments also conducts comprehensive archaeological excavations at early Croatian find spots, particularly in the south Croatian region, between the Cetina and Zrmanja Rivers, i.e. in the cradle of the Croatian state, and deals extensively with exhibition and publication activities.