Unusual museums in Croatia
We all know Croatia by its beautiful coastline, unique Plitvice Lakes National Park or by the filming locations of the Game of Thrones series.
Croatia is also home to some of the craziest and most interesting museums I have ever seen.
If you are into interesting museums, like me, here a few of the craziest:
Museum of Illusions in Zagreb
If you want an hour of fun in the center of Zagreb, this is your choice!
For only 40 kunas this little museum will entertain you, will make you question your own eyes, and definitely will make you laugh.
It’s full of optical illusions, educational games, puzzles and children (as it is a fun educational museum for kids). You can try a lot of free puzzle games at the entrance and even win some discounts if you manage to solve them- just don’t forget about the rest of the museum (as we did, because we loooove brain teasers).
This museum will definitely put a smile on your face. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Where to find the Museum of Illusions in Zagreb:
Adress of the Museum of Illusions in Zagreb: Ilica 72 – Zagreb
Website: Museum of Illusions in Zagreb
Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
Loveable, cheesy, memorable, sad, heart-warming, funny, emotional, surprising- this is the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb.
The museum is about failed relationships: people from all around the world sent a personal object that reminded them of their former relationships. These objects are accompanied by a description often very touching and sad, but you can find some pretty funny stories too (if you have the patience to read all the descriptions).
The museum is not just about love relationships- there are rooms dedicated to parental relationships and failed friendships also. It has won Europe’s most innovative museum award in 2011 and there are still people coming from all over the world to visit it, as it gained a lot of international interest and went viral on social media.
If you’re in Zagreb and even if you don’t consider yourself a hopeless romantic this unusual museum in Croatia it’s a ‘must’.
Where to find the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb:
Adress of the Museum of Broken Relationships: Ćirilometodska 2, 10000, Zagreb
Website: Museum of Broken Relationships
Peek&Poke Computer Museum in Rijeka
It’s for your inner geek.
Even if you think you don’t have one, trust me, after visiting this museum, you’ll become instantly a geek.
The Peek&Poke Computer Museum in Rijeka is a collection of your childhood: hundreds of old computers (they are still working!), calculators, technical objects, the annoying sound of a 56K modem connecting, the old Windows startup song, and the awful music of video games (which will transform you into a child by the way).
You can discover lost forgotten or rare computers, and most of the objects are free to touch and work on.
I have to admit, I loved this museum in Croatia.
Five words: we played Super Mario Kart.
And at the entrance, we got a free drink! No wonder it was fun to get lost in the museum.
Where to find the Peek&Poke Museum in Rijeka:
Adress of the Peek&Poke Museum in Rijeka: Ul. Ivana Grohovca 2A, 51000, Rijeka, Croatia
Website: Peek&Poke Museum in Rijeka
Froggyland in Split
Picture this: you sitting near the fireplace and telling your grandchildren about a miniature circus made of stuffed frogs. The look on their faces: priceless.
To be fair, everyone’s look will be priceless after telling them about a museum of stuffed frogs in Split.
I know, I know, it sounds gross and cruel and bizarre– but let’s admit it, we love looking at these kinds of things.
And while you’re frowning upon the idea, I’ll tell you about it: it’s a collection of 507 stuffed frogs arranged in 21 cases by the Hungarian taxidermist Mére Ferenc. He completed the project in 1920 after 10 years of hard work.
I really believe it was hard work, as the cases appear in such detail, that you truly need passion and devotion to do this: there is classroom full of frogs, each frog sitting in a different position, or taking notes, frogs in the circus, frogs as blacksmiths, frogs having a picnic, frogs taking pictures with tiny cameras and so on.
It’s also a display of the early 20th century’s everyday life- but with frogs. Although it was forbidden to take pictures in the museum, you can check the frogs below at their website:
Where to find Froggyland in Split:
Adress of Froggyland in Split: Ul. kralja Tomislava 5, 21000, Split, Croatia
Website: Froggyland in Split
Technical Museum in Zagreb
This museum is truly enjoyable if you visit it with your kids. OR with your boyfriend who becomes a kid as soon he sees all the engines and technical stuff.
While we spent more than 2 hours in this museum and I had to
pretend to listen to a presentation about how a steam engine locomotive works, I really liked it! It’s really huge and it is an ideal museum to visit with children.
We even came back for a presentation about Nicola Tesla which included some really cool experiments: a rotating magnetic field, Tesla’s high-frequency transformers, the wireless transfer of electromagnetic oscillations, a remote-controlled ship, Tesla’s turbine (I had to Google these).
The presentation was in Croatian (although everybody in the room was an English speaker), but the experiments were enjoyable and unique.
There is also a guided tour to a reconstructed coal mine underneath the museum.
Where to find the Technical Museum in Zagreb:
Adress of the Technical Museum in Zagreb: Savska cesta 18, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Website: Technical Museum in Zagreb