The Mimara Museum wins an award for excellence
The Mimara Museum won the 2014 TripAdvisor award for excellence. The museum won the award based on the high grades given to it by the visitors of the leading global travel website, TripAdvisor. Such an award is bestowed only upon institutions that excel continually over a period of 12 months.
The Mimara Museum was founded thanks to a donation by Ante Topić Mimara and his wife Wiltrud Mimara, and was opened to the public in 1987. It is housed in a neo-renaissance palace built in the late 19th century and it is located in Roosevelt’s Square in downtown Zagreb. The museum’s holdings consist of 3750 works of art, spanning a vast array of valuable paintings by old masters from various European schools and ranging from the gothic period until the early 20th century. The collection also includes precious icons, items of ancient civilisations dating from ancient history until the period of early Christianity, as well as European sculptures and items of applied arts dating from the Early Middle Ages until the beginning of last century. There is also a separate collection of valuable glass artefacts, bearing witness to ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire, and those created in the famous workshops of Venice and other renowned glass manufactures around Europe. Visitors can also see a collection of antique furniture, while eastern art is represented by valuable oriental carpets, as well as the unique collection of art from China and other Asian countries.
The Mimara Museum also temporarily houses the renowned statue of the Croatian Apoxyomenos. Ever since it was discovered by chance, extracted from the sea near the island of Lošinj in 1999, and subsequently restored, the masterpiece of ancient Greek sculpture has not stopped attracting the attention of experts worldwide.
While viewing the valuable art at the Mimara Museum, visitors can make use of modern technology in the form of a free audio-visual guide on their smartphones. The museum’s premises have been adapted for persons with physical disabilities.