21000 SplitStjepana Gunjače bbTelephone: 021/343 983, 345 255Fax: 021/46 666Museum profile: nationalFounded: 1893
Category of the museum collection: ACategory of the museum building:Number of inventoried museum items:Number of non-inventoried museum items:Microfilmed museum inventories:One of the oldest museums in Croatia. The Museum collects, presents and studies the relics of the material and spiritual culture in Croatia from the 7th to the 15th centuries, with special attention being paid to the period of the early feudal Croatian state from the 9th to the 15th century. The Museum holdings, which consist of more than 14,000 items are made out of stone monuments of early Croatian architecture, finds from burial sites, weapons, jewellery and items of everyday use. Particularly important is the collection of epigraphic monuments from the 9th to the 12th century, with names of Croatian dignitaries, princes and kings carved on them.At the beginning of the war the Museum building was endangered by enemy operations from the town harbour.
The permanent exhibition was dismantled and stored with other museum holdings and documentation in a safe place.
November 15th 1991During the shelling of Split by Yugoslav Navy warships, a shell had hit the eastern wall of the Museum boiler-room and damaged the staircase. Shell shrapnel had damaged the marble facade of the building. Glass sheets on the walls of the Museum, some 60 square meters of glass, suffered cracks from the detonation. Doorjambs and window frames were damaged, as well as the interior panelling.
The holdings were not damaged.
Split, The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments,Ruined buildings of the museum after the shelling on 15th November 1991,(from MDC's photograph library)