The leading museums in Croatia’s capital tend to be stately institutions founded during the Habsburg era. Attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the much-lauded Museum of Broken Relationships, draw large crowds of foreign visitors.
Zagreb’s finest art collection is housed in a former secondary school opened in 1895. It is still not known how controversial war-time cultural consultant Ante Topić Mimara obtained his outstanding collection, but the Goyas, Canalettos, Holbeins, Van Dycks and Turners at today’s Mimara Museum are worth setting aside most of a day for.
Mimara Museum, Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb, Croatia, +385 1 4828 100
Originally mainly housed in what was the National Museum, this collection gained its national focus during the Homeland War for independence in the early 1990s. Still staging temporary exhibitions at a modest building in the Upper Town, the Croatian History Museum has long been looking for a permanent home for its considerable permanent collection. Recent shows have included Dubrovnik During the Homeland War 1991-95 and Photography of World War II.
Croatian History Museum, Matoševa 9, Zagreb, Croatia, +385 1 4851 900