Split Museums Tour (Self Guided), Split

Split has built an interesting past around the Diocletian Palace. The city offers a large number of museums, which spotlight the value of the city's heritage.
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Split Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Split Museums Tour
Guide Location: Croatia » Split (See other walking tours in Split)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: naomi
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Collection of the Franciscan Monastery
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Treasury of St. Domnius Cathedral
  • Ethnographic Museum
  • City Museum of Split
  • Croatian Maritime Museum
The Collection of the Franciscan Monastery

1) The Collection of the Franciscan Monastery

Founded in 1963, The Collection of the Franciscan Monastery exhibits manuscripts, church art, paintings, gold, and wood works. Tombstones from the 17th century and fragments of early medieval stone carvings are among the preserved examples of archaeological pieces in the collection. The artifacts presented here are highly valuable by the Croatian people.
Archaeological Museum

2) Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Archaeological Museum was established in 1820 and is the oldest museum in Croatia, offering a wide collection of archaeological objects from prehistoric times. You'll also find significant pieces from the period of the Greek colonization as well as the Roman, early Christian, and early Medieval ages.

Why You Should Visit:
World-class collection and the entrance fee for an adult is a real bargain.
Even if you are not into history and artifacts there is a WOW factor.
If you like to know how people lived, this museum touches on many facets.

The gates may look closed and forbidding, but do try them and head on in.
Sometimes you have to ring the bell so the custodian can buzz the gate to let you in.
Although you enter the garden first, you need to go inside and pay before looking around.
Also, the museum closes between 2-4pm before re-opening until later in the evening.

Opening Hours:
(Jun-Sep): Mon-Sat: 9am-2pm / 4pm-8pm;
(Oct-May): Mon-Fri: 9am-2pm / 4pm-8pm; Sat: 9am-2pm
Treasury of St. Domnius Cathedral

3) Treasury of St. Domnius Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral's treasury is on the first floor of the sacristy and contains relics of Saint Duje, which were brought after his death. Other treasures include sacral artworks, such as the Romanesque Madonna and Child panel painting from the 13th century, objects like chalices and reliquaries by goldsmiths from the 13th to the 19th century, and mass vestments from the 14th till 19th century. It also contains famous books like the Book of Gospels (Splitski Evandelistar) from the 6th century, the Supetar Cartulary (or Kartularium) from the 11th century, and the Historia Salonitana (The History of the people of Salona) by Toma the Archdeacon from Split in the 13th century.

Worth bringing a guidebook with you as there isn't much information on the cabinets.
Note that photos are not allowed!
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ethnographic Museum

4) Ethnographic Museum (must see)

The Ethnographic Museum, founded in 1910, displays the cultural variety of the Croatian traditions with a focus to the Dalmatia. The museum's permanent collection consists of different regional costumes, jewelry, pottery, knitting, and other hand-made artifacts. The museum also presents the basics of economic and social life in Split.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting both for the varied exhibits and for the building itself, which is part of the ancient Diocletian Palace (over the years parts of the space were used as a mansion, convent, and church).
The museum also has access to the rooftop of the vestibule, where you may find one of the best (and most affordable) views in Split.

To get to the top, find the stone staircase which is accessed from out the back. The steps are quite steep but worth the effort.

Opening Hours:
(Oct-May): Mon-Fri: 10am-3pm; Sat: 10am-2pm; (Jun-Aug): Mon-Sat: 9:30am-7pm; (Sep): Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6pm, Sundays & Holidays: 10am-2pm
City Museum of Split

5) City Museum of Split (must see)

The City Museum of Split is located in a part of the Diocletian Palace that once served as home for the famous Papalić family. The building is a fine example of both Gothic and Renaissance styles. The museum presents a permanent collection of artifacts related to the history of Split and the Dalmatian region. Art pieces of various artists born in Split are also presented at the City Museum of Split.

Why You Should Visit:
Free entry with a SplitCard (if you stay in Split for more than 3 days see the tourist office for information on this) and worth 30 minutes of your time.

Opening Hours:
Daily (Apr-Oct): 9am-9pm
Croatian Maritime Museum

6) Croatian Maritime Museum

Founded in 1997, the Croatian Maritime Museum explores, collects, preserves, and conducts scientific/technical protection as well as presentation of the Croatian maritime heritage. It is located in the Gripe Fortress, which was built in the 17th century. The building is a typical and beautiful example of Baroque fortifications, designed in two parts which as a whole represent the view of military and commercial maritime of the Croatian people.

Opening hours:
Winter (1 Oct - 30 May): Mon - Fri: 9 am - 3 pm; Thu: 9 am - 7 pm; Sat: 9 am - 3 pm;
Summer (1 Jun - 30 Sep): Mon - Sat: 9 am - 8 pm.

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