ZAGREB, July 9 (Hina) – More than 3,000 people have visited a museum dedicated to the Homeland War in Karlovac in its opening weekend.
Addressing an event at which the Karlovac-Turanj Homeland War Museum was opened on Friday, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that Turanj was not only one of the many defence lines in the 1991-95 war but was also a symbol of victory for the whole country.
Underlining the importance of the culture of remembrance, the president expressed hope that owing to its unique exhibition the museum would become one of the best known symbols of the Homeland War just like the Vukovar water tower.
She expressed a wish for students to visit places like the museum at Turanj in order to become acquainted with the course of the Homeland War, its values and the sacrifice made in it.
War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved said that the museum was particularly intended for young generations as a lasting reminder of the more recent Croatian history and the strength, courage and resolve of Croatian defenders.
The War Veterans Ministry has already included in its programme visits by eighth graders to Vukovar, Turanj, Knin and Okucani as obligatory history learning sites, Medved said, adding that the ministry wanted students to visit all places that used to be on the front line in the future.
The head of the Karlovac Town Museum, Hrvojka Bozic, said that the area of Turanj had a military purpose as early as 1582, at the time of Ottoman conquests.
As of now, the museum also has a civilian purpose as a modern history memorial, with its exhibition on the 1991-95 war, whose author is Karlovac Town Museum curator Ruzica Stjepanovic.
The Karlovac – Turanj Homeland War Museum, located in a building that was heavily damaged in the 1991-95 war and was preserved in that condition, also includes an outdoor display of military equipment.
The permanent exhibition consists of 350 original items, and visitors have the opportunity to watch and listen to more than three and a half hours of multimedia, movies, music and photos.
The museum is open from 8 – 18 from Tuesday – Friday, and from 10-18 on weekends. Tickets are 60 HRK for adults, groups (20 people or more) 40 HRK per person, students and pensioners 30 HRK and student and pensioner groups (20 people or more) 25 HRK. Family tickets are 120 HRK.