From 50s to 80s: MEMO Museum in Pula to Bring Back Memories of Good Ol’ Times

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Pula is about to get a new attraction that will make us all sigh with nostalgia

The Association Institut Mediterran will soon open a curious cultural venue in Pula, dedicated to everyday life and good memories: the so-called Memo Museum will present the former way of life in Pula with the help of a fictional family of four, reports Glas Istre on January 19, 2018.

According to the founder Filip Zoričić, the museum aims to evoke happy memories of the good old times, namely the period from the 50s to the end of the 80s, through an interactive multimedia display. The space in Scalierova Street which was provided by the City of Pula will house both the museum and the association’s offices.


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The team created a fictitious family to tell the story of what life in Pula was like back in the day. The father is working in Uljanik shipyard, the mother is employed in the textile factory Arena, and the kids are big fans of two legendary rock bands formed in Pula, Atomsko Sklonište and KUD Idijoti. The family will serve as a platform to present all the facets of life in the cited period: the history of sport, music, education, film, fashion, gastronomy, tourism, and other industries that were blooming in the city. The iconic Zastava 750, better known as fićo, will be parked in the garage next to a Tomos motorbike. A children’s corner will feature vintage games and early PC models, while the master bedroom will serve to showcase retro fashion.



Zoričić said they would like to collaborate with the citizens, appealing to all future friends of the new museum to help them expand the existing collection so they could change the display eventually.

“We’re glad that this museum, located in the very heart of the city, will soon add to the cultural and the tourist offer”, Zoričić stated, adding he hopes both the residents of Pula and foreign visitors will find the place interesting: locals can reminisce about the past, while the tourists will have a unique opportunity to learn a lot about the city in a single venue.

The nostalgia-inducing museum will present its permanent collection in April, but the official opening is set for Friday, January 26. As part of the Museum Night manifestation, the new museum in Pula will host the travelling exhibition ‘Anne Frank – History for the Present’, inspired by the life of the iconic Jewish girl, but also touching on the burning issue of the Nazi ideology reemerging in recent years. The exhibition is produced by the Anne Frank House from Amsterdam and the HERMES CommuniAction company from Zagreb, and will remain on display in Pula until February 16.


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