Museum mission

Vlaho Bukovac: Croatian National Revival, 1896, HPM/PMH-19063

The fundamental task of the Croatian History Museum is to preserve and communicate the national historical heritage, and it does so by gathering and safeguarding the material testimony to Croatian history, which undergoes scholarly and scientific processing and analysis, systematizing museum collections and the associated information and documentation, and documenting and interpreting the history of the Croatian people and the people who live in Croatia in contemporary museum presentations within the context of European social events from the early Middle Ages to the modern day.

By means of interdisciplinary, complementary research into authentic museum materials, the Croatian History Museum gathers information and engenders knowledge on Croatia’s past for the purpose of trustworthy articulation and comprehensive museological presentation of Croatian history. Once the Museum moves to its new location, in the building of the former Zagreb tobacco factory at Klaićeva street no. 13, it will for the first time have sufficient space to fully actualize a national historical museum, implement educational functions and achieve the objective of its public activity: to educate children, youth and the general public on the past of their own people and nation, so that they can understand the present, learn and retain the fact that the Croatian national identity was formed in correlation with the peoples who lived in our neighbourhood, and that we received and integrated cultural, economic and other civilizational achievements, which is clearly reflected in the preserved Croatian cultural heritage.