How did Rijeka suddenly become the tenth busiest port in Europe? How was modern Rijeka created? To these questions, you can get answers in the Rijeka City Museum at the exhibition The Birth of Modern Rijeka, 1868 – 1918. To get the best possible insight into that important period of the city’s biography, the exhibition brings together historical objects preserved in the Rijeka enriched with objects from Budapest. Collection presents the modernization of the city and the port, as well as the development of trade, economy, and tourism in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition presents numerous aspects of development, from the construction of the city port and the specificities of Croatian-Hungarian shipping to the Imperial and Royal Navy. Also, there are presented topics such as international and local trade, tourism, healthcare, and emigration from Rijeka. The exhibition presents over 200 objects on two floors in the „Cube“.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism, the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology, and Transport, the Rijeka City Museum, and the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral in Rijeka. The curators are Ádám Balogh, Ervin Dubrović, Márton Pelles and Gábor Zsigmond.
The exhibition is open from the 12th of July till the 13th of September 2022.