It was built as a modern museum facility of the former Museum of the People’s Revolution, which operated from 1961 to 1994 when it was renamed to the City Museum of Rijeka.
Since its founding in 1961, the Museum of the People’s Revolution operated in the house of Count Laval Nugent on Trsat, but after its founding, a new museum building was needed for a permanent exhibition. In 1973 the cornerstone was laid, and in 1976 the Museum of the People’s Revolution was moved to a modern museum building with a permanent exhibition and established museum collections. The building was built next to the Governor’s Palace, according to the design of architect Neven Šegvić. The old and new architecture – a historicist palace and a modern museum building – met in one courtyard. For this achievement, Šegvić won the 1976 Republic and Federal Award of Contest for the best architectural achievement in Croatia.