Dubrovnik - Museums

Top Museums and Galleries


The Rector's Palace is one the highlights of Dubrovnik and so is the Cultural Historical Museum that it houses. Likewise, the Museum of the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries and also the Museum of the Cathedral are sights not to be missed. But there is a handful of other museums in the Old Town that the cruise ship traveler should keep in mind and eventually visit as all are very easy to explore on your own. If keen on exploring hidden treasures of Dubrovnik the visitor may find interesting exhibitions such as the ones displayed in the unique but disturbing War Photo Limited, the unusual Home of Marin Držić, the memorable Croatian War of Independence Museum, the impeccable Archaeological Museum, the astonishing Ethnographic Museum or the Maritime Museum.

Ethnographic Museum Rupe
(Etnogrofaski Muzej Rupe)

This building, establish to house the state reserves of wheat, barley, and millet was called a “Rupe”. It was built in 1580, carved out of stone, and then coated with a waterproof material that would keep the internal temperature at 17 degrees centigrade. Today this building houses the ethnographic heritage of the Croatian people, with catalogued 70,000 plus items including weapons, musical instruments, tools, folk costumes, and jewelry. Also on display are artifacts from early explorers Stevo and Mirko Seljan from such places as Australia, the Congo, South America, China and New Guinea.

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Ethnographic Museum Rupe in Dubrovnik

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WHERE Old City - West Side
Address: Od Rupa 3
Open: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed: Tuesdays, December 25, January 1 and February 3 (St. Blaise Day)
Entrance: 80 kuna - Or 'Combined Ticket' with all major museums in Dubrovnik
Website: Official Site

War Photo Limited

In this museum you will find stunning (and sometimes disturbing) photographs of wars around the globe taken by some of the most famous photojournalists who covered them. The photos are changed throughout the seasons. Located near the Placa, you will also find a section dedicated to the most recent conflict in the city, which resulted in a worldwide outcry and in the break of Croatia from Yugoslavia.

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War Photo Limited Entrance in Dubrovnik

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WHERE Old City - just off the main street "Stradun" on the left side.
Address: Antuninska 6
Open: May and October: Tue-Sun 10:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
June to September: Everyday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Closed: November to April
Entrance: €5.00
Phone: +385 (20) 32 21 66
Website: Official Site

Croatian War of Independence Museum
(Muzej suvremene povijesti)

Photo of NAME in Dubrovnik

Photo © Museum of Contemporary History

Located in one wing of the Fort Imperial, up in the Mount Srd, the museum is really named 'Museum of Contemporary History'. However, the museum is famous and usually referred to as a memorial to 'Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 - 1995', because of its permanent exhibition about that infamous war. It displays documents, art and documentary photographs, printed materials, weapons and maps used at the time. And also objects from everyday life which belonged to the residents and defenders of Dubrovnik under siege.

WHERE Out of Town - up in the Mount Srđ, access by Cable Car
Address: Fort Imperial
Open: Summer (March 22 to November 2) - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm | Winter: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed: Content
Entrance: Adults: 30 kunas | Children: 15 kunas
Phone: NA
Website: Official Site

Home of Marin Držić

Step back into the 16th century and visit a museum the likes of which you have never yet seen. An interesting and modern audiovisual presentation will give visitors the opportunity of becoming familiar with the life and works of Marin Držić, the greatest Croatian Renaissance comedy writer from Dubrovnik.

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Home of Marin Držić in Dubrovnik

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WHERE Old City - East side, close to Old Harbor
Address: Široka 7
Open: June, July, August and September - 10:00am to 9:00pm | March, April, May and October - 10:00am to 6:00pm | November, December, January and February - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed: Mondays
Entrance: 80 kunas - Or 'Combined Ticket' with all major museums in Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 (20) 32 32 42
Website: Official Site

Archaeological Museum
(Arheološki Muzej)

Divide in 8 collections, the Archeological Museum was founded in the 1990's and occupies the ground floor of the Revelin Fortress by the Old Port. The museum has been going through constant expansion and the Fort is just a temporary venue but one that is as impressive to visit as the displays exhibited.

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Archaeological Museum (Fort Revelin) in Dubrovnik

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WHERE Old City - East side, ground floor of Revelin Fortress.
Address: Paska Miličevića 1
Open: Content
Closed: Content
Entrance: Content
Phone: +385 (20) Content
Website: Official Site

Sigurata Convent Museum
(Samostan Muzej Sigurata)

The Sigurate Convent Museum is located on grounds believed to house an early church and was later established by the Franciscan Nuns as a convent during the 13th century. The museum itself now houses artifacts and household items that were once used by the Nuns. The unique location on a small street appears to be an entrance to someone's garden and is quite beautiful. Inside you will also observe two wax dolls of “Bambino” or baby Jesus.

WHERE Old City
Address: Od Sigurate 13
Open: July and August - 10:00am to noon | 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Closed: Sundays - all other months open on request by prior arrangment.
Entrance: €3.00
Phone: (+385-20) 32 14 67

Other Museums

Cultural Historical Museum

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In the Rector’s Palace

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Maritime Museum

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In the St John Fort

Official Website

Monastery Museum

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In the Franciscan Monastery

Cathedral Treasury

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In the Cathedral

Dominican Monastery Museum

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In the Dominican Monastery

Museum of Icons of the Serbian Orthodox Church

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In the Serbian Orthodox Church

Galerija Pulitika

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Located close to the Catedral

Official Website

Natural History Museum

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Next to the Baroque Stairs

Official Website

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Last Update: January 21, 2018

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