The Town Museum
The latest international studies show that regular museum-goers, enjoying the arts and new insights, get even more from those experiences – they’re happier and less lonely than others, less prone to depression and anxiety. Museums are, therefore, important for your health.
As a historic town, Karlovac loves history. History is life’s teacher. In Karlovac, it lives in the star-shaped walls of the fort, but also in the Town Museum. The museum is situated in the oldest Karlovac mansion, at the Strossmayer Square, a former Frankopan residence (the so-called kurija). It was founded at the very beginning of the 20th century, as a place to preserve the town’s memories and antiques.
The collection comprises seven departments. This magic number is going to open up the images of historic events and customs for you, in a different way. The museum takes care of the collections and exhibition spaces in four more locations, the Vjekoslav Karas Gallery, the Branič Tower at the Dubovac Castle, the Ribar family house in Vukmanić and the Homeland War Museum in Turanj.
The permanent exhibition of the archaeological department offers the evidence of human activity in the Karlovac area, the historical department holds many objects, documents and photographs, the cultural one presents interesting artefacts, from household objects to industrial heritage, the ethnographical department houses the rural heritage and the brothers Seljan collection, the gallery has a rich collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures by Karlovac artists, the natural history department testifies to the evolution of nature, while the contemporary history department is the latest addition to the museum, taking care of the Homeland War collection.