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PHOTOS: Big turnout in Zadar for 14th Night of Museums

(Photo: Narodni Muzej Zadar)

by Josipa Zekanovic

2 February 2019 – Around a quarter of a million people have taken advantage of free entry to over 250 museums and cultural institutions throughout Croatia last night when the 14th Night of Museums was held. 

The popular event was again held this year up and down the country with museums, galleries and other cultural institutions opening in over 130 cities and towns in Croatia from 6 pm to 1 am with free admission. 

The main theme of the 14th Night of Museums was “Museums – Innovations and Digital Future.” 

The annual event aims to accomplish one of the basic strategic goals of the Croatian Museum Association which is to implement activities which deal with the perception of museums as heritage institutions, institutions of identity and important participants in the sustainable development of tourism. 

Night of Museums in Zadar

One of the most popular museums last night in the capital Zagreb was the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum. There was also a big turnout in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast where on every corner something was happening. 

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

The Archeological Museum saw a large number of visitors during the evening. Visitors could enjoy in exhibitions, including a permanent exhibition of archeological remains and artifacts, and also there was a scientist team who showed the public how a 3D print machine works copying some old things. They also made a couple of samples of oil lamps from the past. 

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

Next up on our must-see place list was the National museum’s Ethnology department where you could even buy authentic Croatian souvenirs. One of the representatives was Denis Ivanac, CEO of the company Prudens, who sell authentic souvenirs, who explained how is it going.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)
(Photo: Narodni Muzej Zadar)

“Those souvenirs, little dolls in traditional costumes from all parts of Croatia are handmade. Two old women, they are 70 years old are making those. It is really a unique souvenir, considering how much work is necessary for making one of them. The price is acceptable and we are planning to put them on sale in Zadar before the tourist season starts.”

(Photo: Narodni Muzej Zadar)

In the Ethnology museum, you could also see all types of things our ancestors were using in their life, from traditional costumes, tools, furniture, Vrše – a type of fishermen’s net and a replica of Crna kužina, ognjište, a type of kitchen in Dalmatia, etc.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

In the Museum of Ancient Glass, staff made sure every visitor enjoyed not only the exhibitions but they also organised a concert, and there was more – you could truly enjoy in domestic delicacies, cheese, black risotto, thanks to Zadar’s famous chef Renato Kraljev, who presented his cookbook.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)
(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

(Photo: Narodni Muzej Zadar)

At the city lodge, visitors could enjoy a performance of “Koledišće”  from Jezera, the cultural-art society. Their biography states it was established in 1970. The society a after an old square in Jezera where custom fireplaces burned.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)
(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

“Koledišće” consists of 71 members divided into three folklore groups, sorted by age – a singing group, a mandolin quartet and a drama – recitative group.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

The Night of Museums in Zadar was really interesting with the programme very well organised.

(Photo: Josipa Zekanovic)

Night of Museums started in Croatia in 2005 as a pilot project with 6 museums taking part in Zagreb. In 2011, there were more than 300,000 visitors. In 2015, 260,000 people turned up to visit over 200 museums and other cultural institutions in 100 cities and towns.

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