Split Archaeological Museum

Split, Croatia

As the oldest museum institution in Croatia, the Split Archaeological Museum was founded in 1820. The incentive for the establishment of the Museum was provided by the visit of Emperor Francis I to Dalmatia in 1818, which also included visits to Split and Solin. The original museum building was erected in 1821 next to the eastern walls of Diocletian's Palace, but soon became too small to house the growing number of monuments. The present building of the Split Archaeological Museum that was built in 1914.

The collection includes artefacts from the ancient Roman settlements of Split and neighbouring Salona (Solin), and there's also some Greek pottery from the island of Vis. There are displays of jewellery and coins, and a room filled with artefacts dating from the Palaeolithic Age to the Iron Age.



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Founded: 1820
Category: Museums in Croatia

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Nikola Djordjevic (6 months ago)
Really nice place. Very informative and plesent host. Lot of information about ancient Greek history.
Eric Lenhart (7 months ago)
A small but impressive collection of Roman artifacts.
Kathy Barfield (7 months ago)
Museum was actually closed for renovations, however we were able to walk the portico and see the limestone carvings and mosaics.
Paweł “Sambor” Samborski (9 months ago)
Huge collection of (mostly) Roman stellae and sarcophagi. Well described and even transliterated. Unfortunately main building is under renovation and exhibition is unavailable. They offer 50% discount for the tickets because of that (20 kuna for adults). Still worth the short walk, even to see a beautiful building and lapidarium.
Dalia Krawczyk (9 months ago)
I am sure we this is one of the best archeological museums I've seen. I am happy to be there even though the exhibition in the building is currently closed and only the garden is available (you get 50% discount for this reason). Beautiful mosaics, well preserved gravestones and columns. All beautifully arranged and well-lit. What is even more important, you can wander around the exhibits, smell and touch them. I definitely recommend to visit this museum. ????
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