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MDC News


MDC research - Summer stops plummeting of visitors

A favorable epidemiological situation and a good tourist season in July and August 2021 strongly affected the number of museum visitors. MDC collected the data about the number of visitors to the five most visited museums in Croatia during those two months. more

MDC research - state and challanges of museum storages in Croatia

On International Museum Day, the documentalists of the MDC presented the first comprehensive analysis of the state and challenges of preserving heritage in Croatian museums at the conference Museum Storages – From Collection Care to Collection Policy.  more

MDC survey - Croatian museums lost 4 million visitors in 2020

In 2020, our museums lost nearly four million visitors, indicating a 72% drop from 5.2 million in 2019 to 1,462,667 over the past year. more

Textiles and Fashion: examples of acquisition, storage, and presentations at the V&A

The lecture of Silvija Banić attracted the attention of Croatian museum professionals who wanted to know about various aspects of work in the V&A. more



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Muzeologija 57 – Strategic Planning and Management in National Museums

The issue features a modified and abbreviated version of Goranka Horjan's doctoral dissertation on strategic planning in museums and its impact on management in national museums in the Republic of Croatia. summary

Informatica Museologica 51 (2020) – Can Museums Become More Green

We bring you 43 contributions, analyses, and project overviews, with a special focus on implementing sustainable models and elements of ‘green’ construction in museum and gallery spaces. Also, in 2020 we marked the 50th anniversary of Informatica Museologica. content


MDC’s newsletter the "News from the Museum World" informs museum professionals and the general public creates new users of museum and heritage related content and develops co-operation between professionals from Croatia, the region of SEE and the world. latest issue

Museum News


Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos: Documents of an Experiment (through October 16, 2021)

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of birth of Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos (1921 – 1987), the exhibition Documents of an Experiment is opened at the Vjenceslav Richter and Nada Kareš Richter Collection in Zagreb.more

TO SEE DIFFERENTLY? – Women and Photography in Croatia between the 1950s and 1970s (Sep 2-30, 2021)

The exhibition at the Museum of Fine arts in Split aims to shed light on the position of women in Croatian contemporary art and on the experiments in the field of photography. more

90s: Scars

Exhibition 90s: Scars at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka arises from the need to revisit and better understand the art of the early transition period of European states with post-socialist heritage. more

Tourism valorization of the representative monuments of Rijeka’s industrial heritage

The project is concerned with renovating two of the monuments of industrial heritage: the motor vessel Galeb and the Sugar Refinery Palace. The collaborator in the project is the City Museum of Rijeka. more.



Living in Europe

In 2021, MUSEOEUROPE will be hosting ICOM Europe annual conference, under the theme LIVING IN EUROPE. The focus will be on the living environment of both individuals and communities as expressed in cultural heritage. The symposium will take place on 14-16 October 2021 in the Knights’ Hall of Maribor Castle. more

Hands On! Conference 2021: Hands On – into the future (Nov 9-12, 2021)

The 13th Hands On! Conference will be hosted by the FRida & FreD Children’s Museum in Graz and the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna together with HO!. This year’s conference is dedicated solely to the topic of the future. more

Museum statistics


Croatian museum statistics 2020

Croatian Museum Statistics overview for 2020 was produced after analysis of data from the Register of Museums, galleries, and collections in Croatia about 162 legally established and registered museums. more

Most Croatian museums report revenue losses and drop in visits

MDC has carried out a survey on the impact of the pandemic on Croatian museums.74% of the surveyed museums recorded a drop in the number of visitors of 50 to 100%, and nearly two thirds (63%) saw a drop in revenue of more than 50%. more

MDC survey - Millions in losses and a steep drop in visitors

A comparative survey of the museum visits in July and August 2019 and 2020 shows that the five most visited Croatian museums, which annually attract a third of all visitors to Croatia, have recorded a 79.18% drop in visitors this summer. more

Museum attendance in 2019

MDC conducted the annual museum visitor survey collecting data from 134 museums in Croatia. The analysis of data and the table with the summed number of visitors to Croatian museums in 2019 are published on our website. more

To See


Milan Vulpe – Decoding

The retrospective exhibits the long-forgotten legacy of Milan Vulpe, one of the most significant graphic designers in Croatia and the former Yugoslavia. more

Fragments of the Past

The exhibition presents the fragments of the architectural and decorative elements of the palace of Emperor Diocletian, where he went on to live after his abdication. Over the centuries, a gradual transformation from the imperial residence into a Late Antique Christianized city transpired. more

A Story of Remembrance - Hermann Weissmann's heritage

The exhibition gives insight into the valuable collection of a Jewish lawyer from Osijek, who, amid World War II and the Holocaust, donated and stored the objects from his collection at the Museum of Slavonia in an attempt to save the lives of his family. more



ICOM report on the impact of Covid-19 on museums – the third global survey

This third ICOM global survey investigated a scenario described as 'the new normal'. Some 840 responses from museums and museum professionals across five continents are included in analysis. full report

Museums in the face of Covid-19 – key trends and recommendations updated

Following its report from May 2020, UNESCO carried out a second online questionnaire in March 2021 among its Member States, to spot trends in relation to the museums’ pandemic response. full report

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on museums in Europe - Final Report

The Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) has been monitoring the impact of the pandemic on the museums since the beginning of the crisis. Here is their final report with the results of the survey conducted between 30 October and 29 November 2020. more

Croatian museums and the pandemic

Museums in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in Croatia opened their doors to visitors on April 26, 2021, following a brief lockdown period at the beginning of the month.  more

To Read


IF I FORGET YOU… The Holocaust in Croatia 1941 – 1945 (exhibition guide)

The guide accompanied the exhibition organized last year, following the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. It told the story of the tragic fate of Jews deported from Croatia and killed in the largest Nazi death camp.  more

The Art Newspaper – Visitor Figures 2020

The attendance of the 100 most visited art museums in the world dropped by 77% in 2020, according to The Art Newspaper's annual survey. On average, museums were shut for an extra 145 days. full article