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Archaeological Museum in Zadar

23000 Zadar
Trg opatice Cike 1
Telephone: 023/23 950, 25 340
Fax: 023/314 330
Museum profile: archaeological
Founded: 1830

Category of museum collection: A
Category of museum building:
Number of inventoried museum items: 35,220
Number of non-inventoried museum items: 82,150
Microfilmed museum inventories: yes
The Archaeological Museum is housed in a new building situated in the middle of the historic nucleus of the Roman Iadera, near the Roman Forum and Capitol. The Romanesque cathedral of St Stosija, the monastery with the church of St Mary and the Pre-Romanesque church of St Donat are in the immediate vicinity of the museum. By the value of its holdings and scope of research the museum is one of the most important museums in Croatia.
During the five years of war the museum was exposed to frequent artillery attacks from the immediate vicinity of the occupied hinterland around Zadar.


Wooden planks and sandbags protected the museum building.
The holdings were packed and stored in safe places, as well as photographic and other documentation together with the museum library. The branch collection at Nin was also physically protected and its holdings stored. Special attention was given to the protection of historical Croatian ships.

Building damage:

A direct hit had damaged a part of the roof of the building over administrative area. Many detonations in the vicinity of the museum had caused the cracking of the roof over the rest of the building.

Structure damage:

The holdings were not damaged.

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