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How to protect museum collections from earthquake damage

Jerry Podany and McKenzie Lowry from the J. Paul Getty Museum led a virtual workshop on how to avoid damage to heritage collections in museums caused by earthquakes. Full report read here.

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

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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

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

Museum News


Zdenka Badovinac to lead Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art (Art Forum)

Curator and writer Zdenka Badovinac, who was forced by Slovenia’s right-wing government from her post as director of Ljubljana’s Moderna Galerija, has been announced as the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. more

"Art history and discourse on the centre and periphery: An homage to Ljubo Karaman (1886-1971)" – call for papers (deadline: January 25, 2022)

This international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and research on the dualistic centre-periphery paradigm in terms of art history. more

Gloria: Croatian Female Artists Salute Kiki Smith (until Jan 28, 2022)

Kiki Smith’s works at the National Museum of Modern art are presented alongside the works of fourteen Croatian female artists from the museum collection. The exhibition connects two art scenes and cultures, USA and Croatia, in time and space. more.

Sanja Iveković: MAKE UP – MAKE DOWN, a video retrospective (until Feb 5, 2022)

Iveković is one of the first Croatian artists to explore the position of women in society, especially in the world of media. The exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will give an overview of her work. more.



CIDOC conference – Tallinn 2021

CIDOC 2021 conference “Symbiosis of Tradition and Digital Technology” will take place in Tallinn at Maarjamäe History Centre from May 21 to 27, 2022. Three main subjects will be the focus of the conference: “Strategic Planning”, “The Future of Documentation” and “A Wonderland of Digital Technology”. more

Museum facts and data


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

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

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

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


Ars et Virtus (until Mar 15, 2022)

After Zagreb, the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest is hosting the exhibition Ars et Virtus. Croatia – Hungary. 800 years of common cultural heritage. This comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural ties between Croatia and Hungary showcases some of the greatest works of art from the Hungarian-Croatian heritage. more.

Zoltan Novak's 'Heart of Darkness' in Karlovac

Some twelve works of the painter Zoltan Novak are currently on display at the Vjekoslav Karas Gallery in Karlovac. The title of the exhibition and the painting of the same name are inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novel. više

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

To Read


The Attraction and the Enigma of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

The book Liber and the Mummy delves into the history and importance of the two most famous objects from the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb: the Zagreb Mummy and the Linen Book of Zagrebmore

Running at 7%: Tate Modern's visitors slumped from 5.7 million at its peak to just 361,000 in 2020/21 (The Art Newspaper)

The UK’s main national museums suffered disastrous falls in visitor numbers because of Covid-19, being closed for over half the year... 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

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



Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Croatian museums

At the end of 2020, MDC researched 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 saw their revenue decrease by more than 50%. 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