Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments in Split
By car from Split (30 min drive) or from Zagreb (4 hour drive on a highway and local roads – there are road signs indicating direction).
The nearest airport is in Split (www.split-airport.hr).
The nearest hotels are in the town of Knin. The recommended hotel accommodation is in Split.
The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments is one of the oldest Croatian museums and the only museum in Croatia which was founded with the unique task to explore, collect, present and study the remains of tangible and intangible culture of the Croats from the Middle Ages, respectively from the 7th to 15th centuries, in particular from the time of the early mediaeval Croatian State (from the 9th to 12th centuries). The museum was founded under the name ‘First Museum of Croatian Monuments’ in Knin in 1893. The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments has an extensive inventory of early Croatian archaeological heritage with about 20,000 artifacts, out of which only 25% are displayed in a permanent exhibition. Inter alia, the most significant and historically most valuable collection is the collection of epigraphical monuments from the 9th to 12th centuries, depicting the engraved names of Croatian rulers, secular and ecclesiastic dignitaries. This part of the museum’s archaeological collection, as the oldest Croatian ‘archive’ (archive in stone), has in this respect a unique historical documentary value. Besides museological work, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments also conducts comprehensive archaeological excavations at early Croatian find sites, particularly in the south Croatian region between the Cetina and Zrmanja Rivers, i.e. in the cradle of the Croatian state, and deals extensively with exhibition and publication activities.
Maja Petrinec, Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments in Split
Danko Dujmović, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Art History