Mimara Museum houses 3750 works of art donated by Ante Topić Mimara. The collection contains art from French Impressionists to ancient pottery and Chinese jade. You can marvel at paintings of Goya, Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Botticelli, El Greco, Renoir, Raphael, Titian and many others.
TIP: ZAGREB MIMARA MUSEUM HOLDS ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATE ART COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD. SOME CLAIM THAT THE VAST NUMBER OF ARTWORK IS FAKE, BUT NO ONE HAS PROVEN IT YET!
The artworks span an amazing three millennia of history. You will discover works of art of different cultures and civilizations!
Paintings of famed masters of various school such as Raphael, Velasquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya and many more. Sculptures and archaeological rarities which date back to ancient Greece and Egypt.
The glass collection showcases works from ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. All the way to familiar Venetian and other European workshops.
The Far Eastern collection contains items of rare materials such as jade, lacquer and rhinoceros horn.
The Mimara Museum is actually called the “Art Collection of Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara”. It opened to the public in 1987, a thirty-year-old tradition.
It is located in a former school, a neo-Renaissance palace from the end of the 19th century. By the Croatia National Theatre.
Mimara Museum Collection
- The old civilizations collection
- Drawings, graphics and illumination collection
- European sculpture collection
- Ivory collection
- Metal collection
- Ceramics and porcelain collection
- The glass collection
- Furniture collection
- Textiles and carpets collection
- The Far Eastern collection
- Icon collection
- Flemish paintings
- Spanish paintings
- French paintings
- Italian paintings
- English paintings
- Dutch paintings
- German, Austrian and Swiss paintings
Mimara Museum, a museum of fakes, or is it?
Several art critics claimed that the Mimara collection is full of fakes. At the same time, Mimara Museum is opened to all for research. What is important to realize, that none of these experts came to prove it.
In fact, if all these accusations were true, would so many renowned museums cooperate with the Mimara Museum? We let you decide.
Ante Topić Mimara – a controversial and mysterious collector
The Ante and Wiltrude Topić Mimara collection has been a subject of controversy and accused it was full of fakes. Ante Topić Mimara always responded to prove those accusations, but no one ever did!
For example, he sold the Bury St. Edmund’s Cross to the Metropolitan Museum for a sum of 600000 dollars!
It is also rumoured that he acquired artworks confiscated from Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany, which he denied.
After WWII he was working for the Yugoslav Government at a WWII art collection point. Again, some claim that he has stolen many of the items in his art collection.
Nothing has been proven so far!
What can you see and do at the Mimara Museum?
You can have this museum almost to yourselves. Take your time and marvel at paintings of numerous European masters and painters.
In the first place, enjoy artwork which spans an amazing three millennia of history and every genre imaginable!
Of course, we cannot say if there are fakes or not, but it is still amazing art!
Mimara Museum exhibits include works by
- Van Goyen
- Van der Weyden
- Van Dyck
- Georges de la Tour
Mimara Museum entrance fee and tickets
- Adults: 40 kn (20 kn discount with ZagrebCard)
- Pupils, students (full-time with ID), seniors (65 and over): 30 kn
Mimara Museum opening hours
Summer (July 1st – September 30th):
- Tuesday – Friday 10:00-19:00
- Saturday 10:00-17:00
- Sunday 10:00-14:00
Winter (October 1st – June 30th):
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-17:00
- Thursday 10:00-19:00
- Sunday 10:00-14:00
Closed on Mondays.
How to get to Mimara Museum?
10 minutes walking distance from Zagreb ban Jelačić square, by the Croatia National Theatre.
Tram lines 12, 13, 14 & 17 go to Roosevelt square station
Mimara Museum parking
There is public parking available on Klaićeva Street and Izidora Kršnjavoga street
Only short bus stops are available in front of the museums.
For more history information go to [Wikipedia].