Dubrovnik Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Dubrovnik

Being the religious and cultural center of the Dalmatia region, Dubrovnik boasts an incredible historical heritage. This heritage is manifested by the large number of cultural establishments in the city, among which there are numerous museums and galleries. Check them out by following the steps of this self-guided tour.
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Dubrovnik Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Dubrovnik Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Croatia » Dubrovnik (See other walking tours in Dubrovnik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: emma
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War Photo Limited

1) War Photo Limited (must see)

A relatively new addition to the city of Dubrovnik, the center was opened in 1990 by famed photographer Wade Goddard, specialized in photos from war zones and areas of conflict around the world. He came to this part of the world and decided to make it his home. As one might expect then, Goddard has extensively documented the Croatian-Serbian War of 1991 from Yugoslavia.

If you are going to visit the place, be prepared ahead for the graphic nature of the content. Needless to say that it is not the best venue for children. Those who are willing to visit, though, will see some very moving, graphic, and eye-opening images shot during wartime. Very shocking and interesting, but worthwhile learning about the tragic modern history of Croatia and the surrounding areas.

Why You Should Visit:
Well-documented photo history that tries to provide an objective view of events and the harsh realities of living in a war zone.

Tip:
The gallery has excellent air conditioning so if you are overheating in the summer sunshine use it as a cooling off stop.
Make sure you pick up the free guidebook at the ticket desk as it gives a brief description of each photo.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm (May-Sep); Wed-Mon: 10am-4pm (Apr, Oct)
November through March: CLOSED
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Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church

2) Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church

The Serbian Orthodox Church symbolizes the city's religious tolerance and open-mindedness. Next to the church proper is the church's icon museum, which showcases religious relics, ancient icons, church textile, metal liturgy objects and ancient documents. You can also see religious relics from Russia, Serbia, Crete and other Orthodox countries.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm.
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Marin Držić House Museum

3) Marin Držić House Museum

The museum was organized in 1989, so it has not been part of the town for very long. It was built in honor of a very famous Croatian writer of plays and skits. Yet, they have managed to build a nice display in a short time. You will be able to visit a place that is designed to display the science and art of what is called “theatre.” It will take you through exhibits on such things as costume design, conceptual art, and stage construction.

The location really goes above and beyond just being a museum though. They actually do scientific research here on things that can help to improve the overall experience of theatre. You will never find a better place designed around the overall ambience of the visit. It is also unique in all of Croatia. The research done here is used by theatre companies all over the world to improve their performances.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am- 8:30 pm.; Closed on public holidays.
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Dubrovnik Ethnographic Museum (Rupe)

4) Dubrovnik Ethnographic Museum (Rupe) (must see)

The Ethnographic Museum was built in an old building that dates back to the 16th Century. It was built as an old granary. The Republic of Dubrovnik used to keep the national grain supply here at one time, so you can imagine how important it used to be. Interestingly enough, the building was one of few in Dubrovnik that survived the great earthquake practically unscathed.

In today’s time, the exhibits attempt to display what life was like for the common people of the region. You can find displays of old clothing, as well as ceremonial costumes that were worn during festival times. You can also see a classic example of the old Rector’s robes. There is some beautiful artwork on display of the local wildlife. Mainly, though, you will get to see displays of the agrarian culture of the area: examples of local farm tools and implements, as well as equipment used with farm animals, etc. Since this is an old grain mill, you will also find plenty of information on how the culture went about the task of saving grain for food, in order to survive the long winters here.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautifully displayed, small enough to visit in ~90 mins max, and all captions are in English. Staff is knowledgable and friendly and willing to answer questions.

Tip:
The ticket office will offer the 'Museums of Dubrovnik' pass – good for 9 museums / 7 days (this is helpful as not all museums are open every day). This the only way you can gain access inside.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 9am-8pm (Jun 15-Sep 15); 9am-4pm (rest of the year)
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Cathedral of the Assumption: Treasury

5) Cathedral of the Assumption: Treasury (must see)

The Treasury within the Cathedral of the Assumption in Dubrovnik displays a wide collection of religious relics, such as bronze and gold vessels, jewelry, as well as 132 relics of saints dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. The priceless head, arms and leg relics of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, date between the 11th and 12th centuries and were crafted by the city's goldsmiths.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun & Holidays: 11am-5pm (Apr-Oct); Mon-Sat: 10am-12pm / 3-5pm; Sun & Holidays: 11am-12pm / 3-5pm (Nov-Mar)
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Maritime Museum

6) Maritime Museum (must see)

Located at Fort St. Johns, the Maritime Museum occupies the building's first and second floors. The lower flower is designed to give visitors an idea of what maritime life was like for the people of Dubrovnik. There are also some great exhibits on shipbuilding there. The upper floor shows exhibits of maritime life from more recent times, including the thriving steamship trade carried out up to World War II.

The Pelješac Peninsula has been well known for its maritime industry for centuries, going back to the time of the Roman Empire. This location does a good job of documenting that history in a way that is interesting and informative.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about Ragusa/Dubrovnik's historical economy and politics by reading the exhibits (good explanations in English).
You can also check out the excellent collection of scaled-down models illustrating the evolution of the city's boats over the centuries.
The building is really impressive inside, especially the upstairs and its very intriguing curved stone walls.

Tip:
If you have a Dubrovnik tourist pass and some time, you can visit this museum together with the others on the pass.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am–8pm (Jun 15–Sep 15); 9am-6pm (Mar 22–Jun 14; Sep 16–Nov 1); 9am–4pm (Nov 2–Mar 21)
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Dubrovnik Defenders Memorial

7) Dubrovnik Defenders Memorial (must see)

The Dubrovnik Defenders Memorial is to be found on the ground floor of the Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik. It is a massive room with walls depicting monochrome pictures of Dubrovnik during the 1991 Homeland War, also known as the Croatian War of Independence. You'll be surprised by how emotional you feel visiting this small (free) exhibition of photos of the young people who died as a result of the conflict, larger ones of the bombardment and damage caused, and a film on a small screen. There is a visitors’ book where you can express your thoughts if you wish.

Why You Should Visit:
To understand what happened to this area after the fall of Tito's Yugoslavia; depressing yet spirit raising.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-9pm (May-Oct); 10am-3pm (Nov-Apr)
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Dominican Monastery Museum

8) Dominican Monastery Museum (must see)

Located in the old Dominican Monastery of Dubrovnik is a wonderful little museum that many visitors miss. The campus is an example of one of the first multi-faceted construction projects done in the city. It is even built into the walls that protected the city.

The location is dedicated to preserving and displaying religious art from the city of Dubrovnik. Remarkably well-preserved paintings, church vessels and triptychs, and a reliquary purportedly containing the skull of King Stephen I of Hungary are among the museum's rich collection.

The museum is located off a small passageway behind the Sponza Palace. A big doorway will lead you to the Church of St. Dominic also. The bell tower, as well as an old medieval well, are also there to see – as parts of the overall complex surrounding the museum.

Opening Hours: Daily: 9 am-6 pm
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Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD)

9) Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) (must see)

Housed in a beautiful mansion built in 1935 for the Croatian shipping magnate Božo Banac, the Museum of Modern Art came to its present location in 1948. The building is a combination of Renaissance and Gothic styling. Even if art is not tops on the visit list, the mansion and grounds alone are worth the visit.

The art inside the museum may not be well known to those who are not true art aficionados. That does not mean that it isn't worth seeing. Quite the contrary, this is an incredible chance to become familiar with little known but important works of art. The display area includes the majestic palace, plus the breathtaking mansion grounds that include magnificent views of the sea. There are over 2,000 works of art to peruse that include bronzes, impressionist pieces, and minimalist works.

Why You Should Visit:
Between the paintings, sculptures, gardens and the newly renovated mansion, this is a wonderful way to pass an hour or more.
Interesting permanent collection of Croatian artists, plus temporary exhibitions by international artists.
It is one of the Dubrovnik city museums you can visit on a day pass ticket, as well.

Tip:
Before you go, find out what is on and if you're not sure then do a quick google to see if it's the type of exhibit you'll enjoy.
Be aware that the gallery is on three floors only accessible by stairs – no lift.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-8pm

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