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“Interesting exhibits with a fascinating temporary exhibition relating to tobacco.”

Zagreb Ethnographic Museum
Ranked #97 of 255 things to do in Zagreb
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Reviewed May 12, 2015

A very good collection of Croatian costumes and rustic furniture, it is well laid out and very interesting. The main collection is held on the upper floors; on the ground floor is the collection of two intrepid Croatian explorers who travelled Africa, the Pacific and India amongst other places, this room has a little bit of everything. Also on the ground floor is a temporary exhibition, which when we visited was about tobacco. It was superb, although the descriptions are in Croatian we were provided with an English translation by the helpful admissions desk. Apart from the giant pipes, different packaging of tobacco and cigarettes and someone’s matchbox collection, there was a very revealing exhibit of early advertising posters for cigarettes, some manufacturers had quite outrageous and almost comical claims for their products. Lucky Strike cigarettes were apparently recommended by doctors because they were kinder to your throat, Kent cigarettes were the cigarette of choice for scientists and there was also the claim from another manufacturer that their cigarette was an important aide in overcoming the craving for fattening food.

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Reviewed January 4, 2015

Not only giving you the insight of the origin of Croats and their traditional way of living throughout the history, this excellent museum offers you numerous exhibitions where you can got the relation between modern life as the consequence of traditional habits. Warm recommendation to everyone who wants to get the link between nowadays and the ages before our grandparents!

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Reviewed October 13, 2014

The museum was well organized and exhibits well presented.The second level houses a very complete display of ethnic costumes.

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Reviewed September 17, 2014

I love ethnographic museums. I try to visit them in every country I visit to learn about the history, religion, economics, and social structure, as well as climate and geography. All of this can be learned in a country's traditional dress.

This museum is excellent! It was opened in 1919 in a purpose-built museum. The museum's collection is on three floors. The Croatian dress collection is delineated by the three distinct regions of Croatia. You can see the difference in material/cloth (wool vs. cotton), embroidery, dyes, jewelry, footwear, and more! Well done. Most of the clothing is of "special occasion" clothing, not every day clothes.

Other ethnographic collections are from Africa, India, Melanesia, Polynesia, Latin America, China and Japan. Most of these items were brought home by Croatian sailors and explorers.

The third gallery hosts special exhibitions. Right now (Sept. 2014) it's called "Blonde Joke" and is about cultural, racial, and sexual stereotypes. Wow! I hadn't thought of an art installation/museum exhibit on this. Striking how much of what's ingrained into our being, what we see in advertising, and what historical stereotypes continue today. The maps of Europe were fascinating.

If you enjoy textiles, traditional costumes, or cultural geography, do not miss this museum!

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Reviewed April 26, 2014

On an anniversary trip we stopped in Zagreb only because our drive timed out that way. We were very surprised how lovely it was. Lots to do and the Zagreb Ethnographic Museum is a highlight. Great collection of Balkan/Middle European clothes crafts and history. Nobody told us to go to Zagreb but it turned out to be the friendliest place in Croatia/Hungary/Austria/Czech Republic we stopped at. Excellent food, lots of beautiful buildings, friendly people and much better prices because it isn't a tourist destination.

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