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Croatian History Museum

The building that houses Croatia's history is itself a part of that history. Situated in the historical town centre, it is the beautiful Baroque palace, Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch, built at the end of the 18th century and formerly the private residence of three successive baronial families. In the late 1930s the palace became the residence of Zagreb's mayors, before being designated as a repository for the historical relics of the city. It currently houses more than 140,000 artefacts in various collections, from stone monuments to fine art, religious artefacts to heraldry. The exhibitions are not permanent but constantly changing so that all the collections get an airing. This means that it is possible to visit the museum many times and never tire of the exhibitions. The artefacts are grouped into 17 collections which include a map collection, a coin collection, a collection of religious items, a collection of stone monuments, a military uniforms collection and a weapons collection, amongst other things. It is a small museum but the exhibitions are thorough and interesting and the staff are known to be very helpful.

Address: Matoševa 9

Website: www.hismus.hr/english/main.htm

Telephone: (0)1 4851 900

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1pm

Admission: HRK 10 (adults), HRK 5 (concessions)