Do You Remember Zagreb in the 80s? Travel Back in Time with Opening of New ‘Zagreb 80’s Museum’

Daniela Rogulj

What was life like in Zagreb during the 80s? Visit the new ‘Zagreb 80’s Museum’ to find out.

Today we travel back to a ’totally bitchin’ decade, and one that is remembered, among other things, by the hair. The 80s were a golden era for music, fashion, technological innovation, and excess. It was the decade of the Tiananmen Square protests and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was the era of velour and velvet, high waisted trousers, and MTV. The 80s had the Breakfast Club, E.T., Risky Business and Ghostbusters – and how could we forget Madonna, Prince, Cyndi Lauper and The Cure? 

Today, those of us in Croatia have the chance to experience the 80s in all of its glory.

Zagreb, the Croatian capital and the city that has the most museums per capita in the world, has just received another gem with the opening of Zagreb 80’s Museum

The new museum, which opened on December 11, 2017, is an interactive museum in the city center that reveals precisely how life was back in the 80s for ordinary families. 

“The works in the museum reveal the Zagreb apartment of a prosperous family and how they lived in the 80s. It shows a classic living room, kitchen, car park, and workrooms and bedrooms,” explained Anastasia Knežević on Antena Zagreb

“The museum will be fully interactive. You will be able to touch all of the objects inside, take selfies, photos, sit on the furniture, browse albums, listen to old records, check out porcelain dishes, and open all of the elements,” Knežević continued. 

A new kind of museum in the heart of the city, the museum occupies the first floor of an old building in the historical part of Zagreb and aims to reconstruct everyday life in the former Yugoslavia, allowing visitors to interact with the past and future while encountering the old way of life and heritage, along with the memories and emotions it holds. 

One room, in particular, is a dedicated playroom where visitors will be able to play old games on the Commodore 64, and the museum will also offer original souvenirs such as the Mini Zastava 750 and erotic retro calendars. 

The museum includes around 500 objects in total and boasts no guides, no fences, no velvet ropes, and no glass to obstruct visitors from experiencing the space to the fullest. 

Tickets cost 40 kuna, while students and pensioners will pay 30 kuna for entry. Zagreb 80’s Museum is located at Radićeva 34 and works from 10 am to 10 pm.

PS: If you visit the museum through December 16, 2017, you will receive 25% off admission!


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