Mimara Museum (Muzej Mimara) Tours
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Home to over 3,750 artifacts and artworks that span three millennia of history, the Mimara Museum—housed in a grand, neo-Renaissance palace in the Lower Town—is one of Zagreb’s highlight institutions. Opened in 1987, the collection ranges from ancient pottery and canvases by the Old Masters to Qing-dynasty objets d’art.
Host to one of the world’s largest private art collections, the Mimara Museum (Muzej Mimara) has been a major Zagreb cultural institution for over 30 years. Derived from the private collections of Ante Topić Mimara—a wealthy and controversial patron—the museum showcases works that date from antiquity up to the modern era. Housed in a grand palace that was later used as a school prior to its renovation by architect Kuno Waidmann, the museum is as impressive from the outside as it is within.
The Mimara Museum can be seen on biking tours around Zagreb, and it’s also possible to arrange a visit as part of a private sightseeing tour of the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- In addition to its permanent collection, the Mimara Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, many of which highlight works by local Croatian artists.
- The Mimara Museum has an on-site café and a museum shop.
- Tours are offered in both English and Croatian to groups of 20 or more; call ahead to make a reservation.
- Photography is permitted in the galleries, though use of a flash is prohibited.
How to Get There
The Mimara Museum, accessibly located in Zagreb’s Lower Town, can be reached via tram 12, 13, 14, or 17. Alternatively, the museum is accessible by taxi, by bike, or on foot.
When to Get There
The Mimara Museum is closed on Monday. During the high season, from July through September, the museum is open from midmorning to early evening during the week, with shorter hours on weekends. From October to June, it’s open from midmorning to late afternoon, with extended hours on Thursday and shorter hours on Sunday.
The Mimara Museum’s collection includes an array of priceless works and treasures. Look for paintings by Old Masters the likes of Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and Delacroix. Other highlights include everything from ancient Greek sculptures to rare Persian textiles.
Address: Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb, Central Croatia, Croatia
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Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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