ABOUT
THE MUSEUM

Founded by:
City of Rijeka

Year of establishment:
1994.

Type of museum:
general culture and history, city

ThenNowVision and MissionSTAFFProgramme

Then

The first mention of the Rijeka City Museum in the city’s history dates back to 1875, when emperor Franz Joseph gave the townspeople a goblet, with a wish for it to be kept in the city museum. This was sufficient incentive to establish a museum, as the people of Rijeka had not had one at the time. When Museo Civico – the City Museum – was opened in 1893, which was followed by the opening of the Sušak City Museum in 1933, Rijeka finally received the institutions that built the foundation for Rijeka’s present museums.

As a modern institution, the City Museum of Rijeka has its immediate origins in the Museum of the People’s Revolution of Rijeka, which was founded following the decision of the Local People’s Committee of the Sušak Municipality on May 30, 1961. The Museum of the People’s Revolution of Rijeka was at first located in the former home of Count Laval Nugent, next to the Trsat Castle, in Petar Zrinski Street. Owing to poor conditions of the location, the museum was moved to a new, modern building, built exactly for the purpose, where it received a permanent display, well-structured collections and adequate museum standards.

On 11 April 1994 the Museum of the People’s Revolution of Rijeka was renamed as the City Museum of Rijeka. The new museum remained in the same building, situated in the very center of Rijeka, in the Governor’s Palace park. It is a modernist building designed specifically for the needs of the Museum by architect Neven Šegvić in 1976. In the same year, Šegvić received the federal recognition for this work, the Borba prize for architecture. Apart from the building, the City Museum of Rijeka had also inherited from its predecessor the documentary material, which was then stored in the museum’s newly formed collections.

Now

The City Museum of Rijeka is a general cultural and historical museum institution. It engages in collecting, handling and restoring the precious material, but it also organizes research projects, sets up relevant exhibitions and publishes detailed catalogues that explore the topics from the city’s recent history.

The most significant of these projects are: Rijeka’s Bridges, Rijeka’s Park Heritage, Ričina Talks – on the Manufacture and Industry on the Rječina River, Rijeka’s Springs and Laundry Washing Sites, Rijeka’s Stairs, the Port of Rijeka (history, construction, transport), Merika – Emigration from Central Europe to America 1815-1930, Rijeka’s Cinematography, Rijeka’s Advertisements 1890-1940, Magic Pin: the Collection of Gramophones and Rijeka’s Discography, the Story of Rijeka’s Industry, Rijeka’s Torpedo: the First in the World, etc.

In a series of exhibitions dedicated to prominent people of Rijeka, the Museum presents the life and work of persons who left a permanent mark in numerous areas of Rijeka’s life, such as economy (Andrija Ljudevit Adamić), architecture (Igor Emili, Andrija Čičin Šain, Ninoslav Kučan, Zdravko Bregovac), photography (Viktor Hreljanović, Ervin Debeuc, Francesco Drenig), painting (Leontine Littrow, Rikard Žic), set design and costume design (Dorian Sokolić and Ružica Nenadović Sokolić), and many others.

Museum items and documents are kept in different collections. These are: artistic crafts collection, philately collection, arts collection, music collection, collection of numismatics, securities, medals and decorations, collection of documentary material, press collection, collection of photographs and photographic equipment, collections of theatre and film material, collection of items from everyday life, postcard collection, technical collection, the Second World War collection, the collection of memoirs, the Galeb collection, auxiliary documentation fund and the Museum Library.

PROJECT UNDERWAY

Tourism valorisation of the representative monuments of Rijeka’s industrial heritage.

Exhibitions

In the cycle of exhibitions dedicated to the famous Rijeka residents, the Museum shows the life and work of the people that have endowed the city in various fields.

Collections

Museum items and documents are stored in a wide variety of collections.

Vision

The City Museum of Rijeka acts as a live memory place of the surroundings in which it is located. The Museum is an inspiring, professional and esteemed flywheel of activities significant in the process of recognition, study, conservation and promotion of cultural and historical heritage of Rijeka. The Museum is to act for the good of all members of the community that it makes part of, helping Rijeka become an empowered city that respects the values that have formed it. The Museum also acts as a reminder of the actual significance of the city heritage, considering it to be a well of experiences useful in the endeavour for Rijeka to open new development pages.

Mission

The City Museum of Rijeka is a cultural institution with the task of familiarising the public with the heritage values of Rijeka, observing them within the local, national and international context. The Museum does so by researching and conserving historical materials, organising exhibitions, expert guidance and educational programmes, also by publishing editions that are thematically connected with the museum activities. In this respect, it is guided by professional standards, taking into consideration expectations of diverse categories of visitors, including the one that is yet to become owing to the development strategies of the Museum.

MUSEUM STAFF

ERVIN DUBROVIĆ

director, museum advisor

  • +385 (0)51 351 091

SABRINA ŽIGO

senior curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 095

MARIJA LAZANJA DUŠEVIĆ

senior documentarian, curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 094

DEBORAH PUSTIŠEK ANTIĆ

senior curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 093

EMA MAKARUN

curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 093

RAFAELA BAN

curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 092

KRISTINA PAVEC

curator

  • +385 (0)51 351 092

JOSIPA VERBANAC

museum educator

  • +385 (0)51 351 094

VELID ĐEKIĆ

head of public relations

  • +385 (0)51 336 711

LJILJANA HORVAT

head of accounting

  • +385 (0)51 351 097

NEVIJA ŽIGMAN RUBEŠA

lawyer

  • +385 (0)51 351 092

JASNA MILINKOVIĆ

secretary, head of the museum library

  • +385 (0)51 351 092

BRANKA CUKROV-BELAK

administrative officer

  • +385 (0)51 351 097

MATEO MATIJEVIĆ

museum technician

  • +385 (0)51 351 098

DANIJEL RONČEVIĆ

museum technician

  • +385 (0)51 351 098

JASMINA KARAHASANOVIĆ

hostess

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