August 23, 2020 – The Archaeological Museum in Split is the oldest in Croatia and Southeastern Europe. Established in 1820, the museum initially didn’t have its building, but the items were placed in rented warehouses. Dr. Karlo Lanza was appointed the first director, but the Golden Age of the Archaeological Museum and Archeology, in general, began in 1884 with the appointment of Don Frane Bulić, the father of Croatian archeology.
Today the Museum has tens of thousands of different archaeological objects, sorted by historical periods and localities. The Archaeological Museum has a significant library and archive fund, and since 1878 it has been the publisher of the oldest archaeological journal “Journal of Dalmatian Archeology and History”.
In addition to collecting, processing and presenting archaeological material and monuments, the Museum conducts systematic archaeological research at the sites in Salona and Issa, and has a handy collection at the site of Salona, with a building in Solin – Tusculum, a collection in Issa in the Gospina Batarija building and the eponymous site in the town of Vis.
Namely, Slobodna Dalmacija reports that ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the museum was held yesterday, on Marmontova Street, where an exhibition of photographs “Salona”, by Vicko Vidan, was set up. After that, a concert by Terezija Kusanović and friends and the Papadopoulo quartet was held in the museum.
The director of the institution, Ante Jurčević, announced: “Two hundred years since the founding of the Archaeological Museum in Split is a significant anniversary for Croatian archeology, which will be solemnly marked through numerous events in the coming months. The commemoration ceremony begins on the day of its founding, with a concert in the museum garden and an exhibition of photographs in Marmontova Street, while the culmination of the celebration is planned for December 15, with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the archaeological research of the Hellenistic and ancient city of Issa and the ceremonial academy at the Croatian National Theater in Split”.