Dubrovnik Old Town museums

Dubrovnik Old Town Museums

Dubrovnik has plenty of museums to keep visitors busy while they are visiting the city. Many of these are located in the Old Town and they let history buffs dive into the local history of seafaring, trade, combat, art, agricultural practices and everyday life.

Dubrovnik’s best known and most visited museums are the Cultural History Museum, Archaeological Museum, Maritime Museum and Ethnographic Museum. These hold the city’s largest cultural, historical and archaeological collections in buildings that are themselves heritage structures, testifying to the city’s long, rich history.

The Cultural History Museum is housed in the Rector’s Palace, which was once the seat of the government and residence of the Rector of the Dubrovnik Republic. The museum holds about 10,000 objects spanning the period from the late 15th century to the early 20th century. The items are divided into 15 collections which cover a range of themes, from painting, ceramics, metals and textiles to furniture, documents, photographs, icons and old weaponry.

Rector's Palace interior

The Archaeological Museum holds a diverse range of materials dating from prehistoric times to the late Middle Ages. It does not have a permanent display, but some of its holdings can be seen in Revelin Fort as part of two themed exhibitions: Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and Revelin – Archaeological Research/ Spatial Development / Foundry.

Revelin archaeological collection

The Maritime Museum holds items that conjure up Dubrovnik’s maritime past. It is located on the first and second floors of St. John’s Fortress, the commanding fort that protects the old port and the southeastern side of the Old Town.  The museum’s permanent display includes items from the Maritime Period, the Age of Steam and World War II, as well as a section dedicated to sailing and navigation techniques. There are about 5,000 objects in total, organized into 15 collections. St. John’s Fortress also houses the Dubrovnik Aquarium on the ground floor where visitors can see fish from different parts of the Adriatic.

Maritime Museum

The Ethnographic Museum is located in Rupe, a four-storey 16th century building which was once the Dubrovnik Republic’s largest granary. The museum holds about 6,500 objects that showcase the ethnographic heritage of the city and the surrounding region. The highlights include collections of traditional attire of Dubrovnik, the Elaphite Islands, Župa Dubrovačka, Konavle, the Pelješac peninsula, and the islands of Lastovo, Mljet and Korčula.  The ground floor houses objects that provide insights into the way grain was stored, while the collections on the first and second floors present Dubrovnik’s traditional economic activities and the region’s rural architecture.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik?

Visitors looking for 5-star accommodation near Dubrovnik can book their stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. Situated in the scenic village of Srebreno, between Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik airport, the hotel offers exceptionally comfortable rooms and suites overlooking the sea or the surrounding Mediterranean vegetation. Guests have a range of amenities at their disposal, including two restaurants, a piano bar, pool bar, spa center with a gym, whirlpool and three saunas, large indoor and outdoor pools, and outdoor tennis courts. Car rental, sightseeing tours and boat trips are available upon request.


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