The Homeland War Museum
The Homeland War Museum in Turanj is the most recent Karlovac museum. This impressive glass construction guards and preserves the original structure of the so-called California building, as well as the arms collection, photographs and various items from the Homeland War (the Croatian War of Independence). A part of the arms collection consists of a unique open-air museum, under the skies that remember all the wars in this area. And there were way too many of them. The history of Turanj is closely connected to the history of the Karlovac fort, as its outpost used to defend the Korana and Mrežnica bridges leading into the town. It was names after the ‘turans’, wooden guard towers erected along the Korana banks.
Throughout its history, Turanj has been a constant site of military and war activity. As the first entrance into the Karlovac area, with bridges over two rivers, it attracted both the welcome guest and the unwelcome ones. The latter caused problems from time to time.
The Homeland War (or the Croatian War of Independence), hopefully the final one in the long succession of wars, will be remembered for a long time. As always, Karlovac citizens managed to defend their town. In 1991, Turanj once again became the centre of fighting. A historic military buildings complex became the Croatian defenders’ strategic point, and one of them was colloquially named Hotel California (you can hear the story from its protagonists). In this very building a future Homeland War Museum is being completed, with exhibits from the complete history of warfare in this area. The wartime history here is very rich, just like the experience we all gained. The collection of exhibits connected to the tempestuous past is also bountiful. An old Latin adage says that ‘history is life’s teacher’. In this light, both Karlovac and Turanj are ranked very high on the war strategy knowledge charts.
To the locals, Turanj was and still is the symbol of victory. The sad wartime stories are intertwined with pride, while the exhibited military vehicles and equipment will serve as a reminder for the future. Nobody has conquered Karlovac by force; it can only be conquered with one’s heart. Just as it was defended.
Mondays, state holidays: closed
Last admissions half an hour before the closing time.
Adults: 60 kn
Children, university students, senior citizens: 30 kn
Family ticket: 120 kn
Adult groups: 40 kn
Children, university students, senior citizens groups: 25 kn
War veterans, persons with disabilities, ICOM and HMD members: free entry
Children up to 3 years of age: free entry
A group consists of at least 20 persons.
A family ticket comprises two adults with underage children.
The complex is accessible to persons with disabilities.