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Dubrovnik Natural History Museum
Description of the Dubrovnik City Museum
Dubrovnik Natural History Museum was found in
1872. In 1872. Museo Patrio was established and based on a private
collection by pharmacist and ship owner Antun Dropac. It quickly
grew in size between 1882 and 1917, when famous Dubrovnik naturalist
Baldo Kosić acquired 1117 specimens from private collections and
from various ship captains.
Dubrovnik Natural museum owns
some extraordinary valuable exhibits, as algae herbarium collected
by naturalists Matija Botteri and Marija de Cattani, otter,
Mediterranean monk seal and Leatherback sea turtle caught in 1894.
in Adriatic sea. One of the more attractive exhibits beside Thresher
shark (fox shark) and Smooth hammerhead is a large tuna (head and
tail) caught by the end of 19th century in Hodilj near Ston.
Besides historic value, the collection is a valuable display of a
Dubrovnik region's fauna and a constant shift in biological
diversity. Museum also owns specimens of the extinct species that
once resided in Dubrovnik area.