Museums in Split: The Mestrovic Gallery

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Arguably Croatia’s greatest ever sculptor, the name of Ivan Meštrović is synonymous with Split, and his presence is all over the city to this day. 

Meštrović bought land in Marjan in the 1920s, which he intended for a summer house, and a villa was built between 1931 and 1939, designed by the master himself. He lived there from the summer of 1932 to 1941 when he left for Zagreb. In 1952, he donated it, along with 132 pieces of his work and other memorabilia to the State, and the Ivan Meštrović Gallery was founded, its mission the “protection, collection, expert and scholarly treatment and presentation of the museum holdings and popularization of Ivan Meštrović’s works and name”.

There are some 192 sculptures, 583 drawings, 4 paintings, 291 architectural plans (almost entirely made by Ivan Meštrović and dating between 1898 and 1961), and 2 furniture sets on display.

Opening hours from 1 May – 30 September: Tues – Sat 09:00 to 19:00, Sun 10:00 to 19:00

Opening hours from 1 Oct – 30 April: Tues – Sat 09:00 to 16:00, Sun 10:00 to 15:00
Sundays and holidays: Mass 09:00
Closed on Mondays and holidays

Adults: 30 kuna, children and students: 15 kuna, free for ICOM members, students of academies of fine arts, museology, and art history (a membership card or student’s booklet required)

Buses no. 12, 7 & 8

Parking 400m away

Guided tours available by prior arrangement.
Audioguides available in English, Croatian and Italian.
Photography and video recording by prior arrangement only.

Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46
Tel:             +385 (0)21 340 800       
e-mail: [email protected]




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