Split's Famous Museums, Split (Self Guided)

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's Famous Museums Map

Guide Name: Split's Famous Museums
Guide Location: Croatia » Split (See other walking tours in Split)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: naomi
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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.
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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.

Tip:
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
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City Museum of Split

3) 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
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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.

Tip:
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
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Treasury of St. Domnius Cathedral

5) 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.

Tip:
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
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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 (16. sept. - 14. june): Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 14:30; Thu: 9:00 - 19:00; Sat: 9:00 - 13:00;
SUMMER (15. june - 15. sept.): Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 19:00; Sat: 9:00 - 14:00.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Split for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Split has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Split, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.