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“Great small-town museum”

Archaeological Museum Zadar
Ranked #4 of 90 things to do in Zadar
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

You start at the top (with the stone age) and work your way down (to Medieval Zadar)- for such a relatively small town Zadar's got a lot of history. Would recommend (particularly if you're with kids) that you skim read all the information that's available (it's a bit didactic and formal)- you'll get the right idea from just viewing the exhibits. Unfortunately, when we were there the middle floor (Roman stuff) was closed off for reorganisation. Entry is free so it's a no brainer to spend an hour here when you're in Zadar.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We were trying to stay out of museums that afternoon, because they tend to suck us in and the weather was gorgeous. But we had time and other attractions were closed for, I guess, the siesta. We were so glad we visited.

Croatian museum curators are clearly among the best on the Adriatic, and they love their country. Those of Zadar are no different. I admit that we tend to haunt museums, but our 2 hours in the Archeological Museum were nowhere near enough.

The earliest history of Zadar begins on the top floor, in well-lit rooms whose exhibits are at a perfect height for viewing and whose labels are in clear, large English and other languages. The collections of weapons and pots are arranged so that I could easily understand the connections between the various ages and the subtle or obvious changes in the items.

(We couldn't see the Roman collection because the 2nd floor was still closed. I bet it is amazing.)

The arrangement of the early Medieval period of Zadar again makes the treasures immediately visible and understandable to a visitor. It seemed that most of the pieces were salvaged from the waterfront neighborhood bombed by the British at the end of WWII. The quality can only hint at how rich medieval Zadar must have been. The pieces are large and important but the plan of the floor makes the space seem intimate.

The Medieval treasures are in the medieval museum and that opened its doors for the evening just as we were leaving the Archeological Museum. We stopped for a wondrously rich gelato and had energy to spare. The evening visit was a wonder.

Thank Off-the-veranda
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Zadar is one of the oldest cities in the region. Not only Zadar, but the entire area around has been inhabited since...ever. So many cultures so much history. And what you get in the Archeological Museum of Zadar is as if you were in some small city with 200 years of history.
It does have third floor that represent prehistoric times and that part is rather decent. You have to read a lot in order to grasp the entire story of the exibition on that floor, but that's ok. It would be helpful to have a guide (audio, or something).
Then comes the biggest dissapointment: second floor. Why? As it has been closed the third (or fourth) year I visit Zadar. This floor is supposed to be about antiquity (Ancient Rome mostly). Somebody said that life in Ancient Rome in Zadar was so alive and full that you could compare it to some sort of "Ancient Las Vegas".
It is the biggest shame for the whoever runs the Musem that they do not have that floor functioning for 3,4 years!?
On the first floor you have Croatian medieval history. Nice, but very small. Not much effort put in that part either. Museum in Nin (neighbouring small village) has more.
Worth seeing... but lower your expectations

Thank Krpr
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We went here last week, the lady behind the desk was very rude. She took our money then said the roman section was under refurbishment the bit we wanted to see. The museum itself was ok if you like prehistoric history other than that I'd give this one a miss. I tried asking her when the roman section would be open, she didn't even reply!

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Poor explainations...no Roman items on display ( in a Roman town!)...lots of shards of pottery....Staff more interested in talking to each other...not worth the visit.

1  Thank kattyukres
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