Dubrovnik natural history museum

Last updated on Monday, 19 June 2017

The history of Dubrovnik natural history museum opened to public in 2009., dates back to 1872.

In 1872. Museo Patrio was established and based on a private collection by pharmacist and ship owner Antun Dropac. The most intense period of expanding the museum's collection was during the period between 1882. and 1917. when famous Dubrovnik naturalist Baldo Kosić acquired 1117 specimens.

Museum owns some extraordinary valuable exhibits, as algae herbarium collected by naturalists Matija Botteri and Marija de Cattani, otter, Mediterranean monk seal and Leatherback sea turtle caught in 1894. in Adriatic sea. One of the more attractive exhibits beside Thresher shark (fox shark) and Smooth hammerhead is a large tuna (head and tail) caught by the end of 19th century in Hodilj near Ston.

Besides historic value, the collection is a valuable display of a Dubrovnik region's fauna and a constant shift in biological diversity. Museum also owns specimens of the extinct species that once resided in Dubrovnik area.

Address & contact details

  • Street: Androvićeva 1
  • Postcode: 20000
  • City: Dubrovnik


  • Telephone: +385 (0)20 324 888
  • Fax: +385 (0)20 324 888
Dubrovnik natural history museum


  • Adults 80kn
  • Groups 60kn (10+ pax)
  • Students/pupils 25kn
  • Free entrance during the Night of Museums.
  • * Stated prices include all city owned museums:
  • The Rector's Palace, Maritime Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Archeological museum, House of Marin Drzic, Art gallery Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik natural history museum, Dulcic-Masle-Pulitika gallery, Atellier Pulitika

Working Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 - 16 h
  • Thursday: 9 - 20 h
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