Dubrovnik’s Best Museums

Whether it is the cutting-edge art showcased at MOMAD or the storied halls of the city’s Cultural History Museum, Dubrovnik has plenty to offer traveling culture vultures. 

This guide offers an exploration of Dubrovnik’s cultural scene, with a focus on the city’s museums. Let’s explore some of Dubrovnik’s best attractions for getting to understand the extraordinary history of The Pearl of the Adriatic.

But remember, Dubrovnik is also home to breathtaking natural beauty! When you’re in town, why not join us for a Luxury Boat Tour from Dubrovnik

Red History Museum

Dubrovnik’s Red History Museum takes visitors on a journey into the life and times of socialist Yugoslavia, spanning from 1945 to 1992. This museum engages visitors with its innovative interactive exhibits that delve into the era’s daily life, political landscape, and historical events. 

Lounge in a replica Yugoslavian living room, or uncover the regime’s darker aspects – all made more insightful with a complimentary app that enriches the tour. Beyond its educational offerings, the museum also boasts an eco-conscious gift shop, inviting guests to take home a piece of retro memorabilia.

Maritime Museum in Fort St John

Fort St. John, a bastion of Dubrovnik’s maritime defense since 1346, now houses the Maritime Museum. With over five thousand maritime artifacts, from ship models to navigational tools, this museum captures the essence of Dubrovnik’s seafaring spirit and its evolution through the centuries. 

Despite its compact size, the museum has plenty to offer those with a keen interest in maritime history. The museum is part of Dubrovnik Museums, a collective that includes the Cultural History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Archaeology Museum; consider purchasing one of Dubrovnik Museums’ multi-site tickets for better value. 

Franciscan Monastery Museum

Located near the Pile Gate, the Franciscan Monastery Museum is a testament to Dubrovnik’s resilience and artistic heritage. Originating from the early 13th century, this edifice has withstood multiple wars and an earthquake. The complex blends Romanesque-Gothic and Baroque styles, meaning guests get a solid insight into different periods of the city’s past. 
The monastery’s library and the old Friars Minor Pharmacy, dating back to 1317, are the most rewarding parts of the museum, housing ancient manuscripts, ornate vases, and a rare collection of medical paraphernalia. The cloister, a masterpiece by Mihoje Brajkov of Bar, showcases an exquisite array of columns and frescoes depicting St. Francis’ life, offering visitors a spiritually moving experience amidst Dubrovnik’s wonderful historical architecture.

Those of you with a particular interest in medieval history may wish to consider our Private Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik, which features many of the city’s most eye-catching historical sights. 

Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) 

The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) in Dubrovnik provides guests with a breathtaking panorama from its spacious terrace, where Lokrum island and the Adriatic sea blend seamlessly into the backdrop of the Old Town, complemented by Ivan Mestrovic’s sculptures. 

Within its walls, MOMAD displays an eclectic array of modern art spanning the late 19th century to the contemporary era across three floors. The museum proudly showcases works by Croatian luminaries like Vlaho Bukovac, Antun Masle, and Ivo Dulcic. It’s also known for hosting first-class temporary exhibitions, so check the museum’s site before making your visit.

And if the site of Lokrum puts you in the mood for some island hopping, join us for our Full-Day Elaphiti Islands Tour.

Cultural History Museum

Stepping into the Cultural History Museum, located within the majestic Rector’s Palace, offers a portal into the luxury of Dubrovnik’s ruling class during its Republic era. This museum, set against the backdrop of a 15th-century Gothic-Renaissance building, unveils the Rector’s lavish lifestyle through meticulously preserved rooms and original artifacts. 

The extensive collection, featuring over 20,000 objects, spans ceramics, glassware, paintings, textiles, weapons, and more, tracing the city’s past from the 1300s to the early 20th century.

The Rupe Ethnographic Museum

The Rupe Ethnographic Museum is housed in a historic, 16th-century granary of the Dubrovnik Republic. This architectural marvel survived the 1667 earthquake before being developed to serve a variety of purposes, most recently becoming the home of the Rupe Ethnographic Museum. 

With over 6,500 objects, the museum vividly portrays the traditional life of the Dubrovnik region through attire, textiles, and one-of-a-kind 19th-century items. The museum’s dedication to preserving the diverse textile handicrafts of the Dubrovnik area offers visitors an unparalleled insight into regional traditions.

Dubrovnik Archaeology Museum

The Dubrovnik Archaeology Museum showcases two distinct exhibitions: the archaeological findings from Fort Revelin’s foundry and early medieval sculptures that captivate with their plait-work, reminiscent of Celtic art. 

The museum’s collection has expanded significantly through ongoing digs, encompassing eight collections that span from the Neolithic era to the devastating earthquake of 1667. This growth is largely thanks to contributions from passionate collectors and significant donations. The museum’s journey from a temporary lapidarium to its present status highlights its crucial role in preserving Dubrovnik’s archaeological heritage.
This brings a close to our list of exceptional Dubrovnik museums. If you have any questions, please get in touch. And if you are looking for guided experiences during your stay, explore our Day Tours from Dubrovnik.

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