Maritime and History Museum

Rijeka, Croatia

One of Rijeka’s important landmarks is the Maritime and Historical Museum which is located in one of the most beautiful buildings from 19th century Rijeka. A former palace, it was originally designed and built as the residence for king’s emissaries and governors. Today it is a Museum which collects, keeps, handles and presents artefacts connected to the history and culture of the Primorsko-goranska County and the city of Rijeka, starting with the first settlers in pre-historical times through to the 20th century. Divided into categories, the museum’s collection contains the Archaeological Department with pre-historical, Greek, Roman, medieval and numismatic collections. For those 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 as well as material from the Ethnographical, Cultural and Historical Departments.



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Founded: 1896
Category: Museums in Croatia


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Anamarija Bezjak (2 years ago)
Beautiful palace and museum, well worth visiting.
Erik Šepić (2 years ago)
Very creative and provides an interesting perspective on the city’s history.
Prizma Design (2 years ago)
It was something else. Great place to go and spent a day with kids. Lots of excellent exhibits that are well organised. We enjoyed it and will come back since it was a bit crowded, because of the museum night. If you have the chance won't regret it.
x y (2 years ago)
Actually two museums set up in a old historical building. Original house name was a House of governor (even today local people call it like that). They have some permanent exhibition (like history of rijeka, vessels from rijeka, Croatian war for independence exhibit, and also some occasional. Anyhow this museum is a must to better understand dynamic city history
milivoj popovic (3 years ago)
They have some really great exhibitions, like this one that includes a real Titanic life west! All the exhibition space are designed beautifully and use modern technology in such a nice and well thought out way! Definitely a not to miss place when visiting Rijeka!
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