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Shell Museum

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The shell Museum, or Malacological Museum was founded by doctor of theology and estestvoznanii Gorom Radić in the walls of the 500 year old Franciscan monastery of Saint Mary in the town of Makarska, that lies on the shores of the Adriatic sea.

This Museum is famous all over the world and pleases the tourists with interesting collections of sea snails and shellfish from around the world. In the collection of the Malacological collection Jour Radic also added to the Museum store valuable herbarium from the slopes of the mountains, at the foot of which lies Makarska. Also the Museum has a small collection of paleontological finds. However, of particular interest to the Malacological Museum is the room with the shells.

The creation and systematic replenishment of the collection was dedicated to the work of many natural scientists. Jour radić developed the Museum with the support of many people. He has collaborated with scientists, Museum workers, collectors. And especially he was helped by his loyal fellow theologian Franc Karev.

The Museum was opened to the public on 30 June 1963 in the basement of the monastery. Now the Museum displays more than 3000 shells. There you can see numerous kinds of clams, mussels and snails that are found not only on the shores of the Adriatic sea, but also on the shores of tropical and subtropical seas. They attracted the attention of unusual colours and shape of shells.