The selection of a museum heavily depends on personal taste and whether you are an admirer of old masters or contemporary trends, in arts as well as museum ideas. However, we will act upon the idea of seeing the most of them, so we will group our selection of museums based on their locations.
Gornji grad (Upper Town), besides the immense concentration of must-see details on its streets and squares, also has the highest number of museums. We start with the hit museum over the last few years – the Museum of Broken Relationships, a unique collection of personal exhibits about failed relationships and love, inspiring us to appreciate more what we have, or maybe to seek out someone whom we cannot forget. Close by is the Croatian Naive Art Museum (and the greats of naive art, like the three Ivans – Generalić, Lacković and Rabuzin). If you wish to learn about history of Zagreb in more detail – be sure to visit the Zagreb City Museum. Real fans of arts and artistic geniuses should not skip the Meštrović Atelier, in which the world famous Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović lived and worked for twenty years. If you come down from the Upper Town to Ilica Street, a short walk west will take you to the increasingly popular Museum of Illusions.
The next stretch with several museums and galleries is located between Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square (Zrinjevac) and King Tomislav Square (Tomislavac) – the Archaeological Museum, the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Modern Gallery (where you can learn about Croatian painting and sculpture from the 19th century till today, including masters like Vlaho Bukovac, Miroslav Kraljević, Miljenko Stančić…). The Ethnographic Museum is located on Mažuranić Square, in proximity to the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Mimara Museum, which were mentioned in our story about city squares with nicknames.
If you are a basketball fan, you can visit the Dražen Petrović Memorial Centre, dedicated to one of the best European basketball players of all times, the unforgettable Mozart of basketball. The museum is located on Dražen Petrović Square, and the arena of his Zagreb team Cibona also bears his name. If you cross the road to the north, you will find yourself in front of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, containing many fascinating exhibits including the Nikola Tesla study.
Well worth the visit and leaving the city centre is the Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb). It has a wonderful permanent collection and holds frequent exhibitions. Main Square Residence can arrange the drive to the museum, during which you will also see the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert and Congress Hall and the new building of the National and University Library. The way will take you across the Sava River, along the hippodrome and Lake Bundek, yet another green gathering place and a promenade for the people of Zagreb.
Photos: The Mimara Museum and the Museum of Broken Relationships