MDC News


In 2023, Croatian Museums Achieved a 27% Increase in Attendance

Even though almost a fifth of the Croatian museums closed their doors in 2023 due to renovations or the realization of new permanent exhibitions, there was a 27 % increase in visitor numbers. more



Informatica Museologica 54 (2023) – Museums on the Islands

The issue deals with the challenges that island museums and their professional employees face, the advantages of living and working on the islands, and how it is possible to valorize the insular cultural heritage through museum activity. contents

Muzeologija 60 – Heritage and game

The new issue of Muzeologija is dedicated to gamification, a growing trend in the heritage sector today, both in practical application and in scientific research. abstracts 


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Museum News


The Visible Ones at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (through May 26, 2024)

The inter-institutional project and exhibition “The Visible Ones” features more than ninety artists, and results from research on the inclusion of female artists in the art collections of museum institutions. more 

Joško Eterović – Secundum Minimum (through May 22, 2024)

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Modern Art have organized a comprehensive monographic exhibition celebrating Joško Eterović, one of the most renowned artists of Rijeka and Croatia. more 

FRACTURES OF TIME – restoration and presentation of valuable glass material from the vaults of the Archaeological Museum in Split

This exhibition at the Museum of Ancient Glass presents the original archaeological glass material, viewed from the point of view of the conservation and restoration profession. more 

Tomislav Gotovac A.K.A. Antonio G. Lauer: Ascending Descending Genealogy (through May 19, 2024)

The exhibition at the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art is based on the concept designed by the French curator Pierre Bal-Blanc. The exhibition is mostly dedicated to projections of the movies made by Tomislav Gotovac. more 

Auschwitz: Historic agreement signed at UNESCO between the Successor States of Yugoslavia

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia signed a historic agreement to renovate Block 17 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and install a new joint permanent exhibition. more 

Croatian Museum Returned Jewish-owned Paintings

The National Museum of Modern Art returned two paintings to Andrew Reichsman, the descendant of the original Jewish owner Dane Reichsmann, by the decision of the Municipal Civil Court in Zagreb. more 

Museum facts and data


Croatian Museum Statistics 2022

The Croatian Museum Statistics overview for 2022 was produced after analyzing data from the Register of Museums, Galleries, and Collections about 168 legally established and registered museums in Croatia. more

MDC survey – online visits to Croatian museums in 2022

For the third year in a row, the MDC collected data on online visits showing that user activity on museum websites has decreased compared to 2021. more


Croatian museums had more than 3.4 million visitors in 2022, 35.6% more than in 2021, but still far less than in the pre-pandemic year 2019. more

Online visits to Croatian museums in 2021

Although the Croatian museums were open in 2021, they continued to build their online presence and virtual communication with their audience. MDC collected and analyzed the relevant data to identify trends in online visits during the past year. more

Museum attendance in Croatia grows 74% in 2021 but remains far below pre-pandemic levels

In 2021, year two of the pandemic, Croatian museums recorded 2,549,841 visitors, a 74% upturn compared to 2020, but still at only 48% of the 5.2 million they had in 2019. more

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 data about the visitation to the five most visited museums in Croatia during those two months. more

Upcoming Events


ANCHISE TALKS / The role of the antiquities market in criminal money laundering; with Benjamin Omer

The webinar will take place on June 6, 2024, starting at 5.00 pm CET. Register here

To See


The Hidden Treasure of Dubrovnik Cathedral – Numismatic Finds

Presenting the rich numismatic material excavated during the 1980s, the exhibition demonstrates that the history of the origin of Dubrovnik goes deeper into the past than was thought.  more

OHO – and this is naïve / Picelj – on the other side of opus

With two new exhibitions, the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is announcing its relocation to the new venue in the historical Upper Town of Zagreb. more

To Read


Guide: Dubrovnik Museums – Maritime Museum

The third enlarged edition shows in chronological order the development of Dubrovnik's seafaring, from ancient times to the present day. more

Museum of Arts and

How often do you wear a hat? Read the blog post by the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb to learn how hats went from mandatory to optional fashion accessories. more 

New book on Croatian Intangible Heritage Available Online

Intangible Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia presents more than two hundred intangible cultural goods listed on the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia, 21 of which are included in UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. more

Darko Fritz: Digital Art in Croatia 1968 – 1984

The book Digital Art in Croatia 1968 – 1984 examines the use of digital technologies in Croatian art, starting with the creation of the first digital work to the authorization of import of computer equipment for personal use. more

Memories for the future… on the 35th anniversary of the Mimara Museum

The Mimara Museum, currently closed to the public due to damages suffered in the Zagreb earthquake, has published a virtual exhibition and accompanying catalogue to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its opening. more

MDC's virtual exhibitions


The Tomislav Šola photographic slide collection

MDC's Zrinka Marković has curated three online exhibitions of photographic slides from the donation of Tomislav Šola. The slides depict scenes he captured during visits to numerous world museums and monuments from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. more