Mimara Museum is located in the architectural complex "donjogradskih gimnazija" (eng. Lower Town high schools) built in the late 19th century. It is a precious example of a neo-Renaissance palace and was opened to the public in 1895 on the occasion of the arrival of Emperor Franz Joseph I. in Zagreb.
Thanks to its position and elaborated layout of the ground plan this complex has both architectural and urbanistic values. The complex also played a big part in the appearance of the rest of Zagreb's Lower Town.
The museum was founded to display the artworks by private collector Ante Topić Mimara who donated his own private collection of artworks to the Croatian people. "When the Museum is opened, my heart will be filled with enormous joy because the aim of my life will have been fulfilled, and my debt to my homeland and the Croatian people paid" After a lifetime living abroad, in his old age he moved back to his homeland, brought his valuable collection with him and worked on creating a museum out of it.
The Mimara museum houses a rich and varied art collection in a chronological sequence of historical periods- from the ancient world, trough the European art from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. Pieces of great artists like Raphael, Velasquez, Rubens, Rembrandt and Goya can be seen.
Address & contact details
Street: Rooseveltov trg 5
Telephone: +385 1 48 28 100