10000 ZagrebMatoseva 9Telephone: 01/ 461 065Fax: 01/425 515Museum profile: nationalFounded: 1846/1952
Category of museum collection: ACategory of museum building: ANumber of inventoried museum items: 105,757Number of non-inventoried museum items: 61,584Microfilmed museum inventories: yesBranch collection:KONCAREV KRAJ, The Rade Končar Memorial MuseumThe History Museum was founded in 1846 as a part of the National Museum in Zagreb. The museum has been operating in its present form since 1952. Museum collections hold items relevant for the history of Croatia. The Museum is housed in the most beautiful Upper Town Baroque palace, the Orsic-Rauch Palace, built in 1764.After incorporating the Museum of the Revolution of the Peoples of Croatia in 1991, the collections were enriched with material from the 20th century.The Museum has, together with five other Zagreb museums, suffered damage during the bombing of the Upper Town, in October of 1991.
The museum holdings were stored in a safer place, and items classified as high category were stored in metal crates, ready for possible evacuation, together with all the museum documentation. Extensive fire prevention system was organised.The inventory books were microfilmed (a copy deposited at the MDC archives).
October 7th 1991During the rocket attack on the Upper Town, the museum building was damaged. A large number of windowpanes and frames were destroyed. The construction of the roof was damaged, and a large number of roof tiles broken.
Due to windows being damaged as a result of the bombing, water was dripping on one of the paintings in the cellar storeroom, damaging the canvas.The other painting, on loan to the Banal Palace, had received large and small lacerations, scratches and smaller damage to paint from bomb shrapnel.
Zagreb, The Croatian History MuseumThe front of the building after the bombing on 7th October 1991(Photo: Velimir Ester)