Coastal air, the history-rich streets of Diocletian’s Palace, excellent local wine – it all comes together to inspire productivity and devotion to art. With this in mind, it is no great surprise to find a world-class spread of museums and galleries in and around Split.
As the second-largest city in Croatia, Split is also home to what is arguably the country’s best selection of museums and galleries outside of Zagreb. This is an artistic city right down to its core, with perfect conditions for creativity and a population that has included some of the nation’s most revered sculptors, painters, poets and composers – making it a great spot to visit for culture-seekers of all kind whether you’re into maritime history, fine art or Game of Thrones.
One of the finest art galleries (pun somewhat intended) on the entire Dalmatian coast, Split’s Museum of Fine Arts is one giant love letter to top drawer art. Home to artworks dating from the 14th century to the current day, the museum tells the tale of Croatia’s greatest artists, from Meštrović and Vidović through to Job, Bukovac and more. The museum is arguably best known, though for its extensive collection of religious icons, including a selection from Russia.