Natural History Department is one of the four departments of National Museum Zadar. The collecting of material and the founding of collections began in the now distant year of 1832 when Museo nazionale was founded. In 1905. the independent city Natural History Museum established, the one-time oldest
NATURAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM ZADAR
Natural History Department is one of the four departments of National Museum Zadar. The collecting of material and the founding of collections began in the now distant year of 1832 when Museo nazionale was founded. In 1905. the independent city Natural History Museum established, the one-time oldest museum of its type in Croatia. In 1962 the Natural History Museum was integrated into National Museum Zadar as the Natural History Department. The museum mission of today’s Natural History Department is based on the collecting, researching and presenting the flora and fauna of the broader Zadar area as well as of the other neighboring areas. Research done out in the field contributes to the creation of new collections and these alongside those which were donated or purchased make up the holdings of the Natural History Department. The exhibition-presentation activity of the department engages different themes from ecology to the problematic of protected areas using the material from the collections of the department but also by hosting exhibitions from other Croatian regions.
In 1955 the Museum received for safekeeping Domenico Pappafava’s valuable but damaged botanical collection from the beginning of 19th century. In 1964 Blaž Cvitanović’s malacological collection with about 6100 samples, created between 1905 and 1916 in Veli rat on the northern tip of Long Island, was purchased while in 1972 Josef Grüll’s malacological collection dating from the end of the 19th an>century and the beginning of the 20th century with about 950 specimens was obtained. During its time don Blaž Cvitanović’s collection was considered the most valuable collection of mollusk shells of the local character on the Adriatic. Ivo Franković’s collection of fish and crabs (190 specimens) was bought step by step from 1971. to 1988. In 1990 Ante Savković’s collection of consisted mostly of moths (300 specimens) was purchased. Today the Department holds 25 collections.
NATURAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT
OPEN TO VISITORS
Summer: Monday to Friday: 9am to 12am and 6pm to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
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to 5pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays closed.