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“Excellent and many sided museum”

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral
Ranked #13 of 100 things to do in Rijeka
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: THE MARITIME AND HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE CROATIAN LITTORAL has been one of the most important meeting-places of culture in the city of Rijeka for the last four decades. With its permanent display and many valuable exhibitions from its own holdings or of other Croatian museums it takes part in tracing the important events connected with the history and culture of Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Croatia, and so it reveals small parts of the insufficiently known past. With its research into the complex materials (of archaeological, ethnographical, artistic, cultural-historical and maritime-historical characteristics), in a time span from prehistory to the Modern Age, with expert and scientific methods it processes, systemises and presents the role and development of the whole of the social organism in the region of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Croatian Littoral and the city of Rijeka and points out its specific and interactive relationship with other European centres over a thousand year period, with the aim of becoming a dynamic, open and educative institution. With its headquarters in the building of the former Governor’s Palace, a protected cultural monument, as exhibit number 1, the museum with an interdisciplinary approach offers the consideration–identification, familiarisation and understanding of the character of the people and places, memories and myths, uncovering the identity, which represents an unbreakable link of the past and present.
Reviewed 25 August 2016

The Maritime and Historical Museum is located in one of the most beautiful buildings from the nineteenth century in Rijeka. This building used to be a palace which was designed and built as the residence of governors. The relevant construction began in 1892 under the rule of the Governor Lajos Batthyany on the famous Hungarian architect Alajos Hauszmann's design. Upon its completion a former palace built upon the establishment of the Governorate in Rijeka in 1779, situated in today's Jadranski Trg was demolished. The palace harbouring nowadays the museum concerned was the seat of the Governorate until the collapse of the Monarchy in 1918.
The Museum subject matter of this review was founded in 1961. It's divided into categories and contains maritime, cultural and historical, etnographic and archaeological departments with pre-historical, Greek, Roman, madieval and numismatic collections.
Some of the original pieces from the Governor's palace have been preserved and are displayed in the salons, including furniture and objects belonging to periods going from Renaissance to Historicism, as well as a collection of portraits of the most prominent citizens of Rijeka. Among those rooms there is the White Salon showing the luxurious interiors of the 19th century. The ceiling of this outbuilding was decorated with gilded stuccatura by the sculptor Antal Szabo and the light fittings are made of murano glass. Really significant in this room are the white marble fireplace and the large mirror above it. The furniture, Louis XV style, was deisgned by the same Hungarian architect to whom the plans for the Palace were entrusted. Unfortunately this salon was heavily damaged by the bombardment of Dannunzio's forces in 1920 but happily enough it could be restaured to its original state.
Furthermore, in the living room one can observe a clear example of Biedemeier style. In pursuance of it the furniture had to be arranged according to the owner's whishes and needs without being lined up alongside the wall. Most of the living room furniture was usually located at the corner of the room. There was always a mirror and whenever possible a piano and a glass cabinet. The most characteristic part of that furniture was the secretaire, which consisted of a central niche and mirrors, drawers and secret compartments.
In the rest of the museum a great variety of objects are exhibited, divided, as already stated, into categories. There is a section devoted to ald weapons, mostly guns and rifles. And for the ones fascinated by aquatic forms of transport, the History of Maritime Department consists of historical reconstructions of ships, ship equipment, nautical instruments, maps pictures and prints. Besides, in the archaeological section some pottery and ceramic items dating back to the third century before Christ as well Antiquity coins are exhibited. In the last room there are interesting paintings by famous artists such as Palma Giovane and Leandro Bassano, as well as other nice elements such as a murano glass bowl.
The Museum is therefore worth visiting and due to the manifold interesting objects and masterpieces kept in it it's advisable to stay there for instance a whole morning in order to take as much profit as possible from the observation of the different objects displayed in the different departments.

Thank periandro
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is definitely a place to visit in Rijeka. Building is beautiful and of historic importance for our city. The tickets are also very cheap.

Thank vinkec
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

I loved this Museum.
The exposition about Homeland war made me feel sick of what people can do to each other and I finally understood what happened.
I loved the chamber with all kind of weapons and appreciated writing my name in Glagolitic (very nice touch!).
And the exposition about seafaring completed very nicely spent afternoon.
All the expositions were of very good quality and I didn´t believe how cheap it was. But the best part of the Museum is the stuff that helped us to find our lost friends on security cameras.
Just awesome!

1  Thank Luda Č
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Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Thanks to TanjaD for her review, it helped a lot to find the best thing in Rijeka. Nowadays interactive games are so popular, anyway,the collection of the museum is more than playing some moments of history. It is planned according to a complex methodology. You might discover different layers of life from the past, not only objects found later, but connections among the objects and relations among the cultures. The team is promising to extend the interactive part in the nearest future, might be next year.

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Reviewed 24 March 2016

You can write your name in glagolitic alphabe
The museum had a variety of exhibits and collection of various artefacts from the history

Thank Matija V
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