Galerija Mestrovic
Galerija Mestrovic
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Galerija Meštrović houses the masterpieces of Ivan Meštrović carved in marble, bronze and wood. The house was built based on Meštrović's design (1931 - 1939), and was intended to be his family summer residence, working studio and exhibition space. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden which, with its bronze sculptures and the view of the sea and of central Dalmatian islands makes a unique example of landscape architecture.
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Imperium66
Torquay, UK224 contributions
Mar 2022
I visited here out of curiosity. I wanted to see more of the work of the man whose huge statue of Gregory of Nin gets photographed by every single tourist in Split - invariably touching his foot. I was so impressed by this gallery that I've visited other places in Croatia just to see more of Mestrovic's work.
Since it was out of season, I was fortunate to be there with only three other visitors. The curator offered to put my rucksack on one side so that I didn't have to carry it around the gallery.
The gallery is on two floors and must be accessible as one of the other visitors was in a wheelchair. However, I'd recommend checking first as there are a lot of steps outside.
There's an awesome variety of Mestrovic's statues and a silent film plays on a loop upstairs giving more information about the artist and showing some of his other work from around the world.
Remarkably Mestrovic worked with so many different media - clay, wood, plaster, stone, marble etc. Some of his work reflects the period it was made and many are extremely emotive.
I had a long talk with the curator who was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about Mestrovic from him. My thanks to him for giving me so much of his time.
Written December 28, 2022
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,618 contributions
Dec 2021
Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) was the most important Croatian sculptor of the 20th century, and I’d never even heard of him before I came across the Meštrović Gallery listed in a guide book. (My face is red!)

Surrounded by gorgeous grounds, the gallery is housed in a stunning villa overlooking the Adriatic. Meštrović, himself, designed and financed the gallery, completed in 1939. He intended it to be a combination of living quarters, exhibition rooms, and a work studio. He lived here until the Second World War, then went into exile.

A short distance away from the gallery is the tiny Church of the Holy Cross. It is a religious/artistic complex also created by Meštrović who bought the old estate in 1939. He redesigned the entire complex and spent the next three decades creating the interior wooden reliefs featuring the life of Christ. Many of the reliefs were created outside his homeland while he was in exile during WW2.

After WW2, Meštrović emigrated to the U.S.A. and lived there until his death in 1962. He is buried in the family mausoleum by Otavice, Croatia.

Admission to both gallery and church: 50 kuna.
One of the gallery attendants will open the church.
Written December 22, 2021
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Adriana M
Syracuse, NY161 contributions
Oct 2021
This ended up being an unexpected and very special experience. We went on a whim and it ended being a favorite of ours. The grounds themselves are beautiful and offer great views of the sea. The sculptures are beautiful and help you understand who Ivan was while he was sculpting. We even found out that he was a professor in our hometown of Syracuse NY and that was very cool to learn. Ivan was influenced heavily by August Rodin so fans of him will like Ivan's work.
Written October 25, 2021
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,635 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I don’t claim to be an expert on sculpture but I enjoyed this museum. There are a wide variety of sculptures in different media. They also show a short film that is pretty informative. The ticket covers the nearby chapel.
Written September 12, 2021
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John C
337 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Very exciting and emotional experience.
Little Job is just wonderful!
I understand from expression of sculpture that he is Job,
even before I read title.
Polite staff member, who can give you good explanations.
Mestrovič is sculptor N1 for me.
Written June 19, 2021
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,718 contributions
May 2019
Before going, you want to check to make sure the gallery will be open.

If you walk, you will probably need 45-50 minutes to reach the Gallery from Diocletian’s Palace (as an example of a starting point). It is a pleasant walk, although slightly uphill at the end. If the temperature and humidity are oppressive you may want to consider public transportation. I am no help there, since I walked in May when the weather was very pleasant.

However, you get there, if you appreciate art and artists, the trip will be well worth your time. His work (mostly bronze and marble statues) is remarkable. You can anticipate perhaps 1 hour in the gallery. After that you will want to take the 10-minute walk down and across the road to visit his chapel, which includes a lovely courtyard and large wood bas-relief carvings Mestrovic created to line the walls of his chapel. The walk to the chapel and your time there will probably take around 45 minutes total. So, with the walk to the gallery, time at the gallery and time at the chapel, you can probably count on 3 hours total.

If you are adventuresome, we followed the shoreline from the chapel back into Split. It was about an hour walk back, but it was a pleasant surprise on a beautiful day. The path first passes through a small park with a public ocean swimming area, then past an Olympic swimming facility, through more park and then to the Split Marina. The views of Split from the marina are spectacular.

I honestly had never heard of Ivan Meštrović prior to our 3-week trip through Croatia, but, having now been there, I have a true appreciation for the man’s art and his importance to the country of Croatia. Although the Gallery and Chapel are the places to see the largest collections of his work, other works are literally found throughout the country. So, if you plan to travel elsewhere in Croatia beyond Split, stay alert for his name and his works.
Written August 7, 2019
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LejlaH
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina219 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
when we visited the gallery it was empty and we felt like owning the place. the sculptures are amazing. after spending the time in gallery we just set on the steps and enjoyed spring sun and the sea view and gardens. Tickets are 30 kunas per person, which is approximately 8 EUR.
Written March 7, 2013
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Maja J
Split, Croatia65 contributions
Makes you feel small and astonished ... The fact that the museum was also his home, says a lot, for itself!
Written January 27, 2012
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maggic
Whangarei, New Zealand154 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
everyone who visits split sees the diocletian palace and the waterfront but a must do is to walk around the waterfront below the marjan hill to the mestrovich gallery. the location is superb and the sculptures in the garden and inside are truly stunning. stop for a coffee in the cafe on the lawn and soak it all in. worth a half day. if feeling energetic climb marjan hill for stunning view of split.
Written August 8, 2011
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ZZMimi
Los Angeles, CA1,490 contributions
Take a short bus ride outside of town to the beautiful former home and art gallery of Croatia's foremost artist and political activist, Ivan Mestrovic. The palatial estate overlooking the sea is an amazing retrospective of his art and his political activism. During WWII he escaped to the US and taught at Syracuse and Notre Dame Universities.
Written January 14, 2006
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