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WAR DAMAGES TO MUSEUMS AND MUSEUM HOLDINGS IN CROATIA
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The following pages present the result of recording and evaluation of war damages on museum buildings and holdings that occurred during the Patriotic War 1991-1995-1997 in Croatia.

It is determined that 70 museum buildings, galleries and collections were damaged and destroyed in the war, and 44 of them suffered damages of the holdings. The determined total number of damaged objects is 8.225, and 5.038 of them are missing and stolen; 2.374 are destroyed and 843 are damaged.

* 2005. - At the end of 2004, when missing museum holdings were partially returned, the determined number of war damages on museum holdings in Croatia became bigger. The total number of war-damaged objects rose to 51. 652, and 46. 191 are missing and stolen; 3. 178 destroyed and 2. 283 damaged.

From 1996 till 1999 the data and documentation about war damages were collected, the list and evaluation of war damages on buildings and holdings was made and put on the web site 'War damages on museums and galleries in Croatia'. The Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia financed the project.


Evaluation of the data about war damages on the museum holdings continued in 2001 by financial support of the UNESCO National Committee. Professional analyses of the damaged museum holdings were made for each museum in particular and generally for every type/collection of museum holdings.


We present the selection of 1271 photographs of missing/stolen, destroyed and damaged museum objects from 39 museums (the holdings from 5 minor museum collections is not presented by this project because there was no photographic documentation; and neither the war damages in Vukovar museums).

WAR DAMAGES ON MUSEUM HOLDINGS

NUMBER OF MISSING/STOLEN, DESTROYED AND DAMAGED OBJECTS IN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS IN REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

*from 2005 this table includes the number of war-damaged objects belonging to the Vukovar Municipal Museum and the Jasenovac Memorial Museum

  City, Names of museums and collections
naziv zbirke u muzeju
missing/ stolen objects

destroyed objects

damaged objects

total number of objects
           

1

BATINA, THE MEMORIAL COLLECTION OF THE BATTLE OF BATINA

 19

   

 19

 

Weapons collection

       

 2

BELIŠĆE, THE BELIŠĆE MUSEUM

 

 1

 12

 13

 

Cultural History collection

   

5

5

 

Science and Technology collection

 

1

7

8

3

BENKOVAC, LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 144

   

144

 

Archaeological collection

80

   

80

 

Numismatic collection

64

   

64

4

BIJELI POTOCI - KAMENSKO, MEMORIAL NATURAL MONUMENT AND RESERVATION

 6

   

 6

 

Art collection

       

5

BOLMAN, THE BATTLE OF BOLMAN COLLECTION  

 39

   

 39

 

Weapons collection

24

   

24

 

Memorial and Documentary collection

8

   

8

 

Art collection

7

   

7

6

BRLOG, ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

 

 250

 

 250

 

Ethnographic collection

       

7

CAVTAT, THE BALTAZAR BOGIŠIĆ COLLECTION

 2

 

 1

3

 

Ethnographic collection

   

1

1

 

Books collection

2

   

2

8

ĆILIPI, THE KONAVLI LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 28

 58

 

 86

 

Ethnographic collection

       

9

DALJ, THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION IN THE SCHOOL

 137

   

 137

 

Archaeological collection

102

     
 

Numismatic collection

35

     

10

DARDA, THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION

 13

   

 13

 

Archaeological collection

       

11

DEBELA KOSA, ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

 68

   

 68

 

Ethnographic collection

       

12

DOLNJA KUPČINA, THE DOLNJA KUPČINA LOCAL MUSEUM

 

 13

 6

19

 

Ethnographic collection

       

13

DRNIŠ, THE DRNIŠ REGIONAL MUSEUM

 242

 5 

 32

 279

 

Archaeological collection

88

   

88

 

Numismatic collection

24

   

24

 

Ethnographic collection

26

   

26

 

Cultural History collection

34

 

2

 36 36

 

Weapons collection

12

   

12

 

Art collection

58

5

30

 93

14

DUBROVNIK, THE DUBROVNIK MUSEUM, THE DUCAL PALACE

 

13

 3

16

 

Cultural History collection

 

11

2

13

 

Art collection

 

2

1

3

15

DUBROVNIK, THE DUBROVNIK MUSEUM, THE "RUPE " ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

   

 7

7

 

Ethnographic collection

       

16

DUBROVNIK, THE GALLERY OF FINE ARTS

   

 1

 1

 

Art collection

       

17

ERNESTINOVO, THE NAIVE SCULPTORS ART COLONY PETAR SMAJIĆ

 177

 8

 27

 212

 

Art collection

       

18

GOSPIĆ, THE MUSEUM OF LIKA (+ THE NIKOLA TESLA MEMORIAL HOUSE, SMILJAN)

 

 39

 23

 62

 

Ethnographic collection

 

31

6

37

 

Cultural History collection

 

3

 

3

 

Art collection

 

5

17

22

19

ILOK, THE ILOK MUNICIPAL MUSEUM

 106

 4

 4

 114

 

Ethnographic collection

1

   

1

 

Cultural History collection

12

 

 15

 

Weapons collection

3

   

 3

 

Art collection

90

4

1

 95

20

JASENOVAC, JASENOVAC MEMORIAL
(+STARA GRADIŠKA, OLD TOWN "KULA")
 

 14.237

 

 6

 14.243

 

Number of objects 1999.

 (2.832)

 

 (6)

 (2.838)

 

Memorial and Documentary collection

14.229

   

 14.229

 

Art collection

 8

   

 8

 

Science and Technology collection

   

6

6

21

KARLOVAC, THE KARLOVAC MUNICIPAL MUSEUM (+ STORAGE, KAMENSKO; THE MEMORIAL HOUSE OF THE RIBAR FAMILY, VUKMANIĆ)

 89

 958

 110

 1. 156

 

Ethnographic collection

 

109

102

 211

 

Cultural History collection

9

 

6

 15

 

Art collection

13

 

1

  14

 

Weapons collection

67

 

1

68

 

Natural History collection

 

849

 

 849

22

KNIN, THE KNIN MUNICIPAL MUSEUM

 238

   

 238

 

Archaeological collection

25

   

25

 

Ethnographic collection

166

   

166

 

Weapons collection

18

   

18

 

Art collection

29

   

29

23

KOPAČEVO, THE BARANJA ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM

 98

 684

 224

 1.006

 

Ethnographic collection

9

 

7

16

 

Weapons collection

14

 

7

21

 

Natural History collection

75

684

210

969

24

LUG, HISTORICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

 11

   

 11

 

Numismatic collection

       

25

NAŠICE,THE NAŠICE LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM

   

 1

 1

 

Art collection

       

26

NOVA GRADIŠKA, THE LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM (+THE KERDIC GALLERY)

   

 52

52

 

Weapons collection

   

48

48

 

Art collection

   

4

4

27

OSIJEK, GALLERY OF FINE ARTS

 4

 1

 2

 7

 

Art collection

       

28

OSIJEK, MUSEUM OF SLAVONIA

 108

 2

 194

 304

 

Archaeological collection

53

   

53

 

Ethnographic collection

 

2

32

34

 

Cultural History collection

9

 

19

28

 

Art collection

2

 

2

4

 

Weapons collection

44

 

16

60

 

Books collection

   

125

125

29

OTAVICE, THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY REDEEMER - TOMB OF THE MEŠTROVIĆ FAMILY

 5

   

 5

 

Art collection

       

30

PETRINJA, THE KRSTO HEGEDUŠIĆ AND ASSOCIATES GALLERY

 56

 

 7

 63

 

Art collection

       

31

PLITVIČKA JEZERA/ KONČAREV KRAJ, THE RADE KONČAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM

39

 

3

 42

 

Ethnographic collection

22

 

3

25

 

Weapons collection

1

   

1

 

Memorial and Documentary collection

16

   

16

32

PLITVIČKA JEZERA/ MUKINJE, MEMORIAL HOUSE OF THE 6TH LIKA DIVISION

 262

   

 262

 

Ethnographic collection

80

   

80

 

Weapons collection

60

   

60

 

Art collection

122

   

122

33

PLITVIČKA JEZERA/ TRNAVAC, FIRST WOMEN PARTISANS SQUAD MUSEUM

 151

   

 151

 

Ethnographic collection

114

   

114

 

Weapons collection

29

   

29

 

Memorial and Documentary collection

8

   

8

34

SISAK, THE SISAK MUSEUM

   

 3

 3

 

Cultural History collection

   

1

1

 

Art collection

   

2

2

35

SLAKOVCI, THE SCHOOL ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

 

 292

 

 292

 

etnografska zbirka

       

36

SLATINA, LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM - LISIČINE MUSEUM COLLECTION  

 38

 

38

 

Ethnographic collection

 

24

 

 24

 

Memorial and Documentary collection

 

14

 

 14

37

SLAVONSKI BROD, THE MUSEUM OF THE SAVA VALLEY AROUND BROD

   

 1

 1

 

Natural history collection

       

38

VINKOVCI, THE VINKOVCI MUNICIPAL MUSEUM

   

 1

 1

 

Archaeological collection

       

39

VOJNIĆ, THE PETROVA GORA MEMORIAL PARK

 136

 

 99 

 235

 

Cultural History collection

60

 

91

151

 

Art collection

76

   

76

 

Science and Technology collection

   

8

8

40

VUKMANIĆ, ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

 28

   

 28

 

Ethnographic collection

28

   

28

41

ZADAR, REGIONAL MUSEUM, GALLERY OF FINE ARTS

 

 7

 

 7

 

Art collection

       

42

ZAGREB, THE CROATIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

 

 1

 14

15

 

Natural History collection

     

15

43

ZAGREB, THE CROATIAN HISTORY MUSEUM

   

 2

 2

 

Art collection

       

44

ŽUPANJA, THE STJEPAN GRUBER MUSEUM

   

 8

 8

 

Weapons collection

       
45

VUKOVAR, THE VUKOVAR MUNICIPAL MUSEUM
( + L. RUZICKA MEMORIAL MUSEUM, BAUER COLLECTION AND FINE ARTS GALLERY, MEMORIAL HOUSE OF II CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF YUGOSLAVIA)

29.758 804 1.440 32.002
 

Archaeological collection

2.529   341 2.870
  Numismatic collection 16.984     16.984
  Ethnographic collection 1.462   37 1.499
  Cultural History collection 3.427 804 882 5.113
  Art collection 2. 602   62 2.664
  Memorial and Documentary collection 2.754   118 2. 872
  TOTAL 1999. 5.038 2.374 843 8.255
  TOTAL 2005. 46.191 3.178 2.283 51.652

 

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