Etnografski muzej Split

Iza Vestibula 4, 21000 Split, Croatia

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The work of the Ethnographic Museum of Split is aimed at preserving and promoting the values ​​of traditional culture. Under this concept are meant subjects and practices specific to a particular social circle, whose social, cultural and historical significance is established by relevant scientific institutions. The Museum's activities include systematic collection, professional and scientific processing, appropriate storage and display of objects of material cultural heritage as well as reconstructive manifestations of non-material heritage practices. The museum has a library, a preparatory and conservatory department, a restoration workshop, a pedagogical section, a professional archive and a photo-video-audio-studio. The museum depot now houses about 20,000 items collected over the past century, predominantly from the area of ​​Croatia, classified into several thematic collections. The main practical problem faced by museum workers is the question of the adequate space for the depot, which imposes selectivity in the acquisition of the subject, thus resulting in a limited spectrum of presentation of certain heritage themes. The collections stored in the depot are the following: Collection of collections, Collection of lace, Collection of European and European items, Collection of musical instruments, Collection of costumes, Collection of home inventories, Collection of museum aids, Collection of gold jewelry, Collection of silver jewelery, Costume of Dalmatian hinterland, Collection of Costumes, Collection of Reconstructed Costumes, Collection of Souvenirs, Collection of Chests, Collection of Textile from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Collection of Carpets, Collection of Traditional Economy, Collection of Traditional Handicrafts , and the Collection of Embroidery Patterns. In addition to its primary collecting and exhibiting activities, the Museum also deals with the publishing of the annual Ethnologica Dalmatica, exhibition catalogs and related publications, as well as organizing workshops, scientific conferences and lectures; with her work she affirmed as one of the fundamental institutions of domestic social, cultural and scientific scenes. The museum is housed in a former house of the Split noble family Božićević, located in the southeastern quadrant of Diocletian's Palace. This building belongs to early medieval Split palaces whose deepest architectural layers date from ancient times. It was built in the continuation of the main city street, south of Peristil with the church of St. Andrije de Fenestrisa, in the place of the former Diocletian cubicula - the private imperial dormitory. The founder of the Museum is engineer Kamilo Toncic pl. Sorinjski (1878-1961). He was director of the Crafts School in Split, and in his youth and throughout life he collected various ethnographic artefacts; through these activities he realized the importance and the need for collecting, preserving and exposing heritage items. Thanks to Toncic's engagement, the area of ​​the Obrtna škola (Bartulica house in the Lučac district of Split) has since 1907 become the forerunner of the autonomous museum where the objects were kept and occasionally exhibited. The event marking the formal opening of the Museum (then called the Provincial Museum for Folk Crafts and Art) took place on 3 July 1910. It is about the opening of a large exhibition of folk handicrafts which has grown into the first permanent exhibition and as such formed the foundation of the Museum we know today. The headquarters of the Museum remained in the Craft School until 1919, when, together with the school, he moved to the building of the Zanatska škola (today's Technical School) located in the Split area of ​​Lovret. The next migration took place in 1924, when the Museum was renamed to the National Museum (the name Ethnographic Museum was set up around 1945), separated from the Crafts School and moved to the Town Hall building on the National Square. It remains there until 2004, when it relocates to today's location in Diocletian's Palace.

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