Croatian Museum of Naïve Art showcases art exhibits from non-pro artists which demonstrate tremendous talent. The museum will surprise you with the artwork presented.
TIP: THE FIRST NAÏVE ART MUSEUM IN THE WORLD! NAÏVE ART CAN BE PROVOCATIVE AS IT IS MADE BY SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS.
Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is a small museum with a large collection of art. The collection features early masters of the Hlebine School, with works starting from the 1930s.
They keep around 1900 different paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. Unfortunately, the exhibition space is small and they get to exhibit about 80 paintings, but the imagery is undeniably fascinating.
The focus is on Croatian artists and a few of the more highly valued independent artists.
Naïve art is highly colourful and emotional. Made by self-taught painters and sculptors who developed their own unique style.
They permanently exhibit a collection of works of the greatest Croatian naive painters, including Ivan Generalić.
Permanently Exhibited Artists
- Eugen Buktenica (1914–1997)
- Emerik Feješ (1904–1969)
- Dragan Gaži (1930–1983)
- Ivan Generalić (1914–1992)
- Josip Generalić (1936–2004)
- Drago Jurak (1911–1994)
- Mijo Kovačić (born 1935)
- Ivan Lacković Croata (1931–2004)
- Martin Mehkek (1936-2014)
- Franjo Mraz (1910–1981)
- Ivan Rabuzin (1921–2008)
- Matija Skurjeni (1898–1990)
- Petar Smajić (1910–1985)
- Slavko Stolnik (1929–1991)
- Lavoslav Torti (1875–1942)
- Ivan Večenaj (1920-2013)
- Mirko Virius (1889–1943)
- Enrico Benassi (1902–1978)
- Erik Bödeker (1904–1971)
- Ilija Bosilj (1895–1972)
- Willem Van Genk (1927–2005)
- Pietro Ghizzardi (1906–1986)
- Pavel Leonov (1906–1986)
- Sofija Naletilić Penavuša (1913–1994)
- Vangel Naumovski (1924-2006)
- Nikifor (1895–1968)
- Sava Sekulić (1902–1989)
- Milan Stanisavljević (1944)
- Germain van der Steen (1897–1985)
- Simon Schwartzenberg (1895–1990)
Croatian Museum of Naïve Art opening hours
Monday – Saturday 10:00-18:00
Croatian Museum of Naïve Art ticket prices
Adults – 25 HRK
Students and Seniors – 15 HRK
Family ticket*: 50 HRK
* Families with children up to 15 years
With a purchased ticket you receive a free brochure. They have versions in Croatian, English, French, Japanese, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Guided tours in English
Groups 10+ – 200 HRK
Individuals and smaller groups – 300 HRK
Tours are possible only with prior booking. The tour takes 30 minutes.
What can you see and do at the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art?
It is a nice little museum in the centre of old town. For one thing, it will take around 30 minutes to go through it. It just might surprise you with its superb glass paintings.
Since it is hard to explain what Naive art is, it is best to see for it yourselves.
Once you liked it, you can go to the museum shop. They have a great choice of souvenirs and printed editions.
The Museum has limited access for disabled persons.
How to get to Croatian Museum of Naïve Art?
Accessible on foot from Zagreb ban Jelačić square or enjoy a ride with the shortest funicular in the world.
It’s located near St. Mark’s church, opposite the Museum of Broken Relationships.