The first initiatives for the establishment of a museum in Karlovac emerged in the late 19th century, but it was not until December 18, 1904 that the Town Council rendered its opinion on the need to establish a museum and provided the initial funds of 500 crowns.
Due to insufficient funds no activities were initiated, and only in 1911 was a Museum Committee founded with the task of collecting material, which was supposed to be accommodated in a temporarily assigned room on the second floor of the Town Hall. The activities of item collecting were suspended during World War I and were not renewed until after World War II, more precisely in 1952, when Professor Ivana Vrbanić was employed as the first professional (curator). Next year, in 1953, the Museum was given one of the oldest preserved objects of Baroque residential architecture of the curiae type from the first half of the 17th century, which had been commissioned by the Karlovac General Vuk Krsto Frankopan in Zvijezda, which to this day holds the seat of the Karlovac City Museum.
The Karlovac City Museum was soon officially merged with the Painting Gallery of the City of Karlovac, founded on July 12, 1945 as the first gallery institution established in Croatia after World War II, and the first active museum and gallery institution of the City of Karlovac.References:
The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.
The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick.