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Dubrovnik Museums - Cultural History Museum

20000 Dubrovnik
Pred Dvorom 3
Telephone: 020/ 26 469
Fax: 020/ 28 469
Museum profile: regional
Founded: 1872

Category of the museum collection: A
Category of the museum building: A
Number of inventoried museum items: 14,960
Number of non-inventoried museum items: 8,085
Microfilmed museum inventories: no
The museum is housed in The Ducal Palace, built in the middle of the 15th century to the plans of Onofrio di Giordano de la Cava, an architect from Naples, in Late Gothic style, with Renaissance elements dating from the later renovation. The cultural and historical items dating from the 13th to the end of the 19th centuries (collection of furniture, palanquins, applied arts, numismatic collection and medals, coats of arms and weights and measures, collection of old masters, etc.) are displayed in authentic rooms.
From October 1991 to October 1992 the museum was exposed to artillery attacks by the occupying army situated in the immediate vicinity of the town.


In September of 1991 the Ducal Palace was protected by scaffolding and sandbags, and the atrium with pillars in the ground floor was panelled with wooden planks.
The museum holdings were packed in wooden and metal boxes and stored in the safest rooms on the ground floor. The inventory books were photocopied.

Building damage:

During the continuous shelling of Dubrovnik, in 1991 and 1992, the Ducal Palace was hit and damaged a couple of times.
November 6th 1991
During the attack on the town that had lasted for twelve hours, 30% of the buildings were heavily damaged, and 10% were destroyed or completely burned down in the fires that erupted as a result of the attack.
The building of the Ducal Palace was damaged by a direct hit on the terrace of the porch, and the facade of the palace was damaged by the splinters from projectiles exploding in the immediate vicinity.
The paving and layers of insulation from the damp were damaged. Projectile splinters damaged the layer of characteristic roof tiles of the southern and western wing of the building, parts of the stone sewers, vertical sheet metal gutters and two attic windows.
May, June and July 1992
During the shelling from the town harbour, the windowpanes with their protective foil and the glass prisms in lead frames from Murano on the first floor windows, mezzanine and ground floor were shattered by the detonations and projectile splinters. The outer wooden elements were also damaged. The stone architectural plastic of a very representative western facade had suffered heavy damage.

Structure damage:

The holdings stored in the Ducal Palace were not damaged.
The items that the museum had loaned to the Dubrovnik Festival were destroyed and damaged. The Festival building, at Od Sigurata street 1, was burned down on November 6th 1991, together with a mirror, a Biedermeier writing desk, another writing desk, and one chair was damaged.
*updated 10/1999
Fre destroyed 2 paintings, a mirror and several pieces of furniture.

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The Damage to the Dukal Palace after shelling, 10/91
(Photo: Damir Fabijanic)

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