The Ethnographic Department collects the objects of traditional rural culture of northern Dalmatia which is divided into the Dinara and the Adriatic area.
Ethnological Department, one time Ethnograpic Department was founded in 1945 as a part of National Museum Zadar. From 1952 to 1962 Ethnographic Department was an independent museum. The Ethnographic Department collects the objects of traditional rural culture of northern Dalmatia which is divided into the Dinara and the Adriatic area. The largest number of items were collected during the fifties and sixties. The Ethnological Department also collects photos and audio-video documentation as well as old postcards which thematically belong to the rural traditional culture of northern Dalmatia and its contacts with the city (with Zadar). Of particular interest is the film documentation which recorded different forms of handicrafts, trades and customs characteristic for northern Dalmatia. From its beginning the Ethnographic Department cooperated with the chair of ethnology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and served as the museum and field practice for many generations of students of ethnology. The insight that one best becomes familiar with the ethno heritage through active acquisitions has inspired the Ethnological Department to organize various workshops. In 1950 the first permanent ethnographic display was set and from 1991, because of the oncoming danger of war, the permanent exhibition was dismantled and museum artifacts stored to the safer depository. Department activities commenced only after the end of the Homeland War and the ethnographic exhibit returned only in 2004 to the City Watchtower with the exhibition “Ethnological peculiarities of northern Dalmatia” which attempted to present as fully as possible the rural traditional culture of northern Dalmatia. In 1994 the Ethnographic Department changed its name and became the Ethnological Department.
ETHNOLOGICAL DEPARTMENT, City Sentinel
Tel: +385 23 211 198