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Croatian Natural History Museum

10000 Zagreb
Demetrova 1
Telephone: 01/428 596, 428 615
Fax: 01/424 998
Museum profile: natural history
Founded: 1846 / 1986

Category of museum collection: A
Category of museum building: B
Number of inventoried museum items: 412,145
Number of non-inventoried museum items: 714,885
Microfilmed museum inventories: yes
The Museum is housed in an Upper Town palace built in the 19th century. The museum holds collections of minerals and rocks from all over the world, zoological collections and a geological and paleontological collection, which is together with the collection of the Krapina Pleistocene period (Homo sapiens neanderthalis) listed in the world's cultural and natural heritage.
The Museum has, together with five other Zagreb museums, suffered damage during the bombing of the Upper Town, in October of 1991.


The Krapina collection and other holdings of the highest category, as well as rare items from the library, were packed and stored in a safe place, ready for immediate evacuation. The inventory books and holotypes were stored in metal crates. The inventory books were microfilmed (one copy is deposited at the MDC).

Building damage:

October 7th 1991
During the bombing of the historical nucleus of the Upper Town, a large number of windowpanes were broken as a result of explosions and bomb shrapnel. Numerous door and window frames were blasted out of place.

Structure damage:

Fourteen minerals were damaged and one destroyed by shell splinters and broken windowpanes.

Croatian Natural History Museum. Damages after shelling 07.10.1991. (from MDC's photo documetation)

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