Museum of Arts and Crafts


The Museum of Arts and Crafts was founded in 1880 on the initiative of the Society of Arts and its then president Izidor Kršnjavi as one of the first institutions of its kind in Europe. The Museum's strategy was to preserve the traditional values of folk crafts, but also to create a new aesthetic culture of the bourgeoisie, and in 1882, along with the Museum, the Craft School, today's School of Applied Arts and Design, was founded.

Today, the Museum has a holdings of about one hundred thousand objects of fine and applied arts ranging from the 14th to the 21st century , organized into collections: furniture, glass, metal, ceramics, sculpture, painting, graphics, clocks, graphic and product design, architecture , photography (one of the oldest in the world) and photographic equipment, textiles and fashion, musical instruments, painted leather, ivory, printing and bookbinding.

The museum library with a reading room with more than 65,000 volumes of books and magazines is one of the oldest and most important special libraries for arts and crafts in this part of Europe.

The structure of museum departments has a significant role of restoration workshops that continuously work on preventive protection, conservation and restoration of museum objects . Within the educational activity , the program goals of the Museum are achieved in terms of communication with the museum audience and encouraging creativity.

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Museum of Arts and Crafts

Trg Republike Hrvatske 10

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Matina Tenžera

Tel: 0917361510