Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest and one of the best museums in Zagreb. It is home to Zagreb Mummy and the longest Etruscan inscription in existence. Dating back to 3rd-century BCE.
TIP: FREE ADMISSION ON FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. FREE TOURS ON SATURDAYS AT 3 PM. THE MUSEUM CONTAINS THE ONLY EGYPTIAN COLLECTION IN THE REGION.
Archaeological Museum founded in 1836, is one of the oldest museums in Zagreb. For many, it is one of the best museums in Zagreb. For one thing, it holds famous artifacts, such as:
- Vučedol dove, a 4000-year-old ceramic censer
- Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis, the longest Etruscan inscription in existence
- Zagreb Mummy
- Lumbarda Psephisma, stone inscription detailing the founding of an ancient Greek colony
The idea for such an institution came from the Illyrians back in 19th-century, as they wanted to affirm the Croatian cultural heritage.
The museum mainly holds local exhibits. Found in regions historically belonging to Croatia. But of course, the museum contains rich foreign collections as well.
Out of its collection, we can point out Grecian painted vases, Italian stone monuments and of course the Vučedol dove and Zagreb Mummy. The mummy was wrapped in an Etruscan inscription (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), the longest Etruscan inscription in existence dating to 3rd-century BCE.
Today, the collections consist of more than 450,000 varied artifacts and monuments.
In fact, the largest collection is the coin and monetary collection. Holding 260,000 coins, medals and medallions, and is one of the most important in Europe.
Archaeological Museum Collections
- The Prehistoric Collection
- The Egyptian Collection – only one in this region
- The Classical Greek and Roman Collection
- The Medieval Collection
- The Numismatic Collection – one of the largest in Europe
Archaeological Museum Zagreb Branimir Tablet
Archaeological Museum opening hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-18:00
Closed on Monday and during holidays.
Archaeological Museum shop
We are pointing the museum shop as it is amazing. It holds unique souvenirs such as medieval jewellery, sculptures, handbags and figurines.
They shop accepts both cash and credit cards.
Archaeological Museum garden and coffee bar
The Lapidarium offers a unique experience. Refresh yourself in this amazing garden surrounded by Roman sculptures.
Archaeological Museum ticket prices
Adults – 30 HRK
Children, Students and Seniors (65+) – 15 HRK
Family ticket – 50 HRK
Free admission on first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays for Seniors (65+).
Croatian – 75 HRK
English – 150 HRK
Free tours on Saturdays at 3 PM.
Smart Guide App
You can download a free smart guide app through their WiFi network.
Archaeological Museum Exhibitions
- Croatia during Prince Branimir – 1130th Anniversary – until 30 December 2018
- Archeology finds at Fort Kličevica, Raštević at Benkovac – 11 April – 29 April 2018.
- Between two empires – Bosnia and Herzegovina through photos of František Topiča 1885-1919 – 28 March – 29 April 2018.
- Empire Roads II – Roman Roads of Central Dalmatia – 6 April – 20 May 2018.
What can you see and do at the Archaeological Museum?
We recommend starting from the top. On the 3rd floor, you will find exhibitions of the Prehistoric and the Egyptian collection. The Zagreb Mummy and the largest Etruscan book.
Moving down you will get to the exhibition of the Greek and Roman collection: Greek vases, Greek Colonization of the Eastern Adriatic, Roman military equipment, Urbanization and Everyday life.
At the ground level you will find the Numismatic collection and at the Museum courtyard, the Lapidarium, you can enjoy a refreshment whilst surrounded by Roman stone monuments.
Afterwards, we recommend visiting the museum shop as it holds some pretty unique souvenirs. Such as Medieval jewelry, sculptures, handbags and figurines.
How to get to Archaeological Museum?
The museum is located in Vranyczany-Hafner mansion at 19 Zrinski Square.
It is right by the Zrinjevac Park, accessible on foot from ban Jelačić square. Just head south around the corner through Praška street.