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Archaeological Museum of Istria (Pula)

Archaeological Museum of Istria




Arheoloski Muzej Istre
Carrarina 3
Tel. (052) 218 603

+385 052351300

Official site
Open: Jun- Sep: 8am- 9am daily
Oct- May: 8:30am- 4:30pm Mon- Sat





Description of Archaeological Museum of Istria

Archaeological Museum of Istria  Archaeological Museum of Istria

The Archaeological Museum of Istria (Croatian: Arheološki muzej Istre, short: AMI) is an archaeological collection based in the Istrian town of Pula. Founded in 1902, the museum houses over 3,000 exhibits of prehistoric, ancient and medieval Istrian history. The museum also houses decentralized exhibition rooms in the amphitheater, the Augustus Temple, the Franciscan Monastery and the former Sacred Heart Church (Pula) in Pula, as well as in the archeological sites of Nesactium. Archaeological Museum of Istria contains vast collection of thousands of artifacts from various time periods. All of them were discovered during several archaeological digs on the Istria peninsula (North- West Croatia).




The basis for the founding of the Municipal Museum (Museo civico) in Pula in 1902 were the discoveries of archaeological excavations in Nesactium. With the relocation of the Istrian Society for Archeology and Local History (Società istriana di archeologia e storia patria) and the state collection of k.k. k.k., located in front of all archaeological stone monuments. Provincial Museum (Museo Provinciale) from Poreč to Pula, the Municipal Museum was merged with this collection in 1925 into the Regional Museum of Istria (Regio Museo dell'Istria). In 1930, the extended museum moved into the still-used building of the former Gymnasium Pula (built in 1890 to plans by Natale Tommasi), and the collections were opened to the public in the same year. Towards the end of the Second World War, the museum was closed and some of the archaeological exhibits were transferred to Italy.

At the end of the 1940s, under the Yugoslav administration, the museum was reopened as the Archaeological Museum of Istria after some changes in the area of ​​the Lapidary and the archaeological collection. After preserving the exhibits, which were returned from Italy until the early sixties, the exhibition was redesigned in 1961 in the spirit of a didactic-visual concept. In 1968, a reorganization of the lapidarium in the rooms of the ground floor followed, in 1973 the exhibition rooms of prehistoric times on the first floor and the antique, late antique and medieval exhibition rooms on the second floor of the building. Even today, the collections of the Archaeological Museum of Istria are completed with new finds from all over Istria.




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