Malachological Collection in Makarska Renovated and Opened

Lauren Simmonds

Something new for lovers of the underwater world and all of its natural glory in the Dalmatian City of Makarska as the rich and interesting malachological collection in the Franciscan Monastery in Makarska is now open.

With all the recent talk of sharks in the Adriatic sea, we tend to forget about the much smaller creatures which dwell on the seabed, away from publicity. Shells from all over the world can now be seen in Makarska, following a lot of renovation and huge sums of money having been poured into this praiseworthy project, which will certainly be popular among tourists of all ages and from all backgrounds.

As Morski writes on the 14th of July, 2019, the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has set aside a total of 500,000 kuna for the reconstruction and re-arrangement for the project, alongside money from the Ministry of Culture with a further 440,000 kuna, Split-Dalmatia County with 100,000 kuna, the City of Makarska with 100,000 kuna, the Makarska Tourist Board with 50,000 kuna and 195,000 kuna from the aforementioned Franciscan Monastery.

Judging purely from the above mentioned amounts, this is a large project that many feel is worth investing into as it will very likely bring a quick return, being a big hit with tourists. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković also attended the opening of the collection yesterday.

The Makarska malachological collection was initially started by Dr. Fr. Jure Radić sixty years ago.

”The permanent exhibition has exhibited as many as 3,000 shells, carefully collected from all over the world,” emphasised Petar Crnčan, a curator who was in charge of Makarska’s stunning permanent exhibition of shells.

The Makarska malachological collection is open to visitors every day from 10:00 to 19:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00. The ticket price is 25 kuna for adults and 10 kuna for students and retirees.

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