European Museum of the Year Award and the Council of Europe Museum Prize celebrate 40th anniversary

EMYA 2017, Zagreb, 3 - 6 May 2017

Host organization and partners

Ethnographic museum Zagreb – host organization EMYA 2017 in Croatia

Visit the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb and explore specific features of Croatian culture. Find out more about unique traditional tangible and intangible heritage of the country and what things we have in common with others.

Our permanent exhibition shows fascinating selection of museum objects including highlights like festive clothing and textiles from different regions. Get familiar with the richness of Croatian traditional culture and join our programmes.

If you want to find out what numerous Croatian explorers brought back from their expeditions in Africa, South America and other distant places please visit the exhibition of World Cultures.

Our temporary exhibitions interpret current topics from everyday life.

If you want to enrich your experience, acquire new skills and learn in an amusing way, come to our workshops, lectures, concerts and other events.

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Partner institutions in Zagreb

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a lively place of creation, representation, interpretation and preservation of all forms of contemporary art. Its purpose is to encourage and foster understanding of contemporary art through innovative and creative use of exhibitions and collections, thus allowing diverse groups of visitors to learn through entertainment. The emphasis is placed on the development of the working process with artists and the audience, rather than on displaying a final exhibition product.

The Museum moved into the new building in December 2009. The specific MSU Collections, formed during a period of half a century at the cultural border between the East and the West, rich exhibition and educative programs, archives, library, audio-visual centre, multimedia hall and many other facilities have become accessible to Croatian and international public.


Mimara Museum

The Mimara Museum (whose full name is the Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara Art Collection) opened on 17 July 1987 at Roosevelt Square 5, Zagreb. The Museum’s collection is comprised by the art collection donated by Ante Topić Mimara (Korušce, 1989 - Zagreb, 1987) to his homeland. The inventory of The Mimara Museum is characterized by exceptional variety - the repertory of the art represented in the Museum presents the opportunity to analyse and study human creativity from ancient civilizations to the late 19th century, comprising around 3750 art objects belonging to the world’s heritage. The ancient civilizations collection, European sculpture; ivory collection and the collection of Far Eastern art; Romanesque, Gothic sculptures and Reenaissance sculpture; ivory; glass colection; textiles and oriental carpets collection are presented in the permanent exhibition. The rich painting collection includes works by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Spanish and French masters, workshops and schools spanning the period from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. With intensive programme the Mimara Museum has assumed the role of a dynamic and inspiring centre, whose achievements understandably affect the entire life of the city and strengthen the awareness of the European and global significance of Croatia.


Museum of Arts and Crafts

The Museum of Arts and Crafts was founded in 1880 at the initiative of the Arts Association and its former president Izidor Kršnjavi. The strategy of the Museum’s activity was directed to the preservation of traditional values of the crafts of the people, but also to the creation of a new aesthetic culture of the middle class. The plan for the building, the first purpose-built museum in Croatia, was made by the architect Herman Bollé: a grand Historicist palace constructed in 1888. Today the Museum has at its holdings about one hundred thousand items of fine and applied arts from 14th to 21st century, organized into collections. The Permanent Exhibition with almost 3000 exhibits on about 2000 square meters displays items from the collections of furniture, ceramics, glass, metal, fabric, painting, sculpture, clocks and watches, photography, graphic and product design, ivory, bookbinding and painted and gilt leather which provide an insight into the development of artistic and craft production from the late Middle Ages until the present day. The exhibition rooms on the ground floor with more than a thousand square meters of floor space are earmarked for holding temporary exhibitions.


Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb is one of the direct successors to the former National Museum, the oldest museum institution in the Croatian capital, founded in 1836. The museum collections, today consisting of more than 450,000 varied artefacts and monuments, have been gathered over the years from many different sources.

The ancient and valuable items held by the museum are systematically organized into several collections. The Prehistoric, Greek and Roman, Mediaeval Collections follow the usual chronological system of all European museum departments. The museum also contains an Egyptian Collection, the only one in this region, as well as a Numismatic Collection that is one of the largest in Europe and beyond.


Klovićevi dvori Gallery

Klovićevi Dvori Gallery is located in the very heart of the old Zagreb in the Upper Town inside the Jesuit monastery constructed in the 17th and 18th century.

Since 1982 when Klovićevi Dvori Gallery has first opened its doors on more than 4000 square meters of exhibition space it housed more than one thousand exhibitions. With its vast exhibition space Klovićevi Dvori Gallery hosts a wide range of very diverse artistic, cultural and historic themes. Over time it became a very important meeting point for all those interested in visual art but also in literature, film, design, architecture and other contemporary forms of art expression. The Gallery also hosts various lectures, workshops for all age groups, round tables, performances and concerts.


Zagreb City Museum

The Zagreb City Museum, founded in 1907, is today the largest city museum in the Republic of Croatia. The museum’s historically stratified architectural complex was fully renovated (1993-1998) and now expands to six thousand square metres. The museum organisation allows for the preconditions necessary for all kinds of curatorial activities and at the same time acts as a research centre for the history of Zagreb.

The Museum’s permanent display was opened in 1998. Portraying the city, the museum conveys a message of Zagreb’s identity and cultural heritage from ancient history (archaeological findings presented in situ) to the present day. The museum takes utmost care of its visitors through the dynamics of attractive in-house and visiting exhibition programmes, prolific publishing activity, introducing the living history interpretation brought to life in Living Pictures, already a traditional event, and openness towards all forms of collaboration with the citizens. An extremely important part of curatorial activities consists of the museum workshop’s continuous educational programme intended for children of every age. The museum takes special care of its visitors with special needs. The museum is wheelchair-friendly, while visually challenged and deaf-blind visitors have at their disposal the introductory texts for 45 topics and the catalogue printed in Braille.


Modern Gallery

The Modern Gallery is the richest and most important national museum of modern fine art in Croatia.

Situated in the heart of Zagreb city centre, the Modern Gallery is housed in the revival-style Vranyczany palace designed by Viennese architect Otto Hofer in the 1880s.

The permanent collection showcases outstanding works of the Croatian fine art scene from the 19th century to the present day as well as the MG Tactile Gallery - a unique multisensory gallery dedicated to the blind and the visually impaired. Thanks to the Modern Gallery and Nataša Jovičić, author of this innovative methodology, Croatian modern art is accessible to all.


Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing our heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions.

At its core, the Museum is an ever-growing collection of items, each a memento of a relationship past, accompanied by a personal, yet anonymous story of its contributor. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from grief and loss, the Museum offers the chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creativity - by contributing to its universal collection.

Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project conceived by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006. It has since taken thousands of people on an empathetic journey around the world, challenging our ideas about heritage. In 2010 it won the EMYA Kenneth Hudson Award as the most innovative and daring museum project in Europe.