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WAR DAMAGES TO MUSEUMS AND MUSEUM HOLDINGS IN CROATIA
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DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik Museums – Maritime Museum


20000 Dubrovnik
Tvrdjava sv. Ivana
Telephone: 020/26 465
Parent institution: DUBROVACKI MUZEJ / THE DUBROVNIK MUSEUM
Museum profile: maritime
Founded: 1941


Category of the museum collection: B
Category of the museum building: A
Number of inventoried museum items: 3250
Number of non-inventoried museum items: 320
Microfilmed museum inventories: no
The museum is housed in a part of the Dubrovnik City walls, in St John's Fortress. It has exceptionally valuable holdings, connected to the history of shipping, as well as a library with rare material.
From October 1991 to October 1992 the museum was exposed to artillery attacks by the occupying army stationed in the immediate vicinity of the town.

Protection:

The fortress had no particular protection. The museum holdings were partially packed in crates and stored in a safe place in the fortress.

Building damage:


During the bombardment of the town in 1991 and 1992 the fortress of St John was damaged by a series of direct and secondary hits.
The series of direct hits to its eastern facade, level with the second floor, had damaged the stone wall cover and details on the eastern and western facade, outer woodwork and the window glass.
Dozens of direct hits to the top terrace of the fort had damaged the stone tiles, the protective layer and the insulation of the terrace.
Blasts and projectile splinters had damaged the finish of the walls, the ceilings and interior floors, display cases and furniture of the museum exhibition.
The electric fittings were later damaged by the seeping rain that caused damp.

Structure damage:


The holdings were not damaged.

Maritime Museum, Dubrovnik. Fort of St. John during bombing 06.12.1991.

(Photo: Pavo Vrban)

 

Maritime Museum, Dubrovnik. Fort of St. John during bombing 06.12.1991.

(Photo: Damir Fabijanić)

Interior of Maritime Museum, Dubrovnik. Damages from 1991.

(Photo: Božidar Gjukić)

 

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