Croatia, Archaeological Museum in Split
The archaeological museum in Split is one of the most attractive sights of the city. The museum was founded in 1820 by the Dalmatian government. It is located in the northern part of the city center and is the oldest museum not only in Croatia, but throughout Eastern Europe.
The exposition of the museum is rich – here you can see archaeological finds of prehistoric times, objects of the Greek colony of the Adriatic, and even relics of the early Christian and early Middle Ages, found in the city and its surroundings, including archaeological finds from the excavations of Naron and Salon.
The building, which houses the archaeological museum of Split, was designed by Viennese architects. It was built in 1914, but was opened to visitors only in 1922, after the First World War.
The visitors are presented with an extensive collection of antique and medieval coins. The museum also contains the richest library in archeology and history, which has more than 30,000 books. The Archaeological Museum has been publishing its own journal, The Bulletin of Archeology and History of Dalmatia, since 1878.
The best exhibition was held in the museum in 1970 in honor of the 150th anniversary of its existence. At this exhibition were presented stone monuments – sculptures and epitaphs of prehistoric time and the early Middle Ages. Now the exposition of the Archaeological Museum has approximately 150,000 items of historical significance. The museum has the largest collection of precious stones in Croatia. Among other interesting expositions of the museum, you can see Greek-Hellenistic ceramics, Roman glass, antique clay lamps, metal objects, bone products, etc.