MDC News


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

65 years of MDC

MDC has been working for 65 years to promote and advance the museum profession. To mark this anniversary, Eclectica did the animation of our logo, and you can read a summary of the history and activities of MDC on our Facebook page



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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

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


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Call for papers – Digital Art History III

The 3rd international conference Digital art history – methods, practices, epistemologies is going to be held in Zagreb, October 12-13, 2021. more

Solidarity in culture

With over 70 presentations and a broad spectrum of topics, and emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to the protection, rescue, and restoration of damaged material, the international three-day conference was aimed at cultural institutions and professionals working with cultural heritage. book of abstracts

Croatia Earthquake

On December 29, 2020, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Sisak-Moslavina County, Croatia. ICOM President A. Garlandini has urged the museum community to help provide humanitarian, financial, and technical support to citizens and museum professionals working to repair the damage. 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.



'The Bowman' and 'The Spearman' by Ivan Mestrovic – A Closer Look into the Works of Art and the Artist (May 11, 2021, 11:00 CDT/18:00 CET)

The panel conversation will focus on two sculptures by Ivan Meštrović, which are part of the ongoing public discussion within the Chicago Monuments Projects. more

ICOM International Museum Day 2021

With the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, International Museum Day 2021 invites museums to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions, and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present. 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

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


Ratko Petrić – Make Them Face the Truth

Ratko Petrić inaugurated a new kind of figuration in Croatian sculpture, rejecting the idea that the purpose of art was to express beauty. The retrospective is the most comprehensive exhibition ever held of his work, with many of his art presented for the first time. more

Museum of Arts and Crafts – Fashion and Comics

The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the French Institute in Croatia, bringing to Zagreb some of the most attractive objects from the world of fashion and comics from the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image (Angoulême). 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



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


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

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

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

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