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Zadar archaeological Museum

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Zadar archaeological Museum is world famous thanks to its unique exposure. On the ground floor, archaeological finds, Dating from the VII-XII centuries a Large part of them testifies to the high spiritual and well-developed material culture of the Croats. The second floor is reserved for exhibitions of the underwater archaeological division and items from the Roman period. On the third floor is the exhibition devoted to the prehistoric archaeological materials belonging to the stone and bronze age.

The Museum has several buildings, one of them, chief, is located in the heart of Zadar, also has offices on the Islands of Pag and RAB. The Museum Fund are distributed by departments: prehistory, ancient, medieval, new time, underwater archaeology service, restoration, library and others. Only the Archaeological Museum of Zadar holds more than 100,000 different artifacts from all cultural and historical periods from the Paleolithic to the end of the XI century.

Initially, the Museum was located on the territory of the city Church. Donation. Gradually, the exposition is expanded and supplemented with new objects. Replenished the funds of the Museum in various ways: they conducted archaeological excavations, organized the expedition, and some items were donated by noble families of that time.

Museum activities include the conduct of systematic archaeological research, the restoration of archaeological material and its exposure, as well as the organization of temporary exhibitions. The Museum has its annual scientific journal "Diadora", to date, has published more than 25 volumes (over 5000 pages) - all scientific work of Croatian and foreign authors.

In the 18th century in Zadar Dr Anthony Tomasone was a unique collection of ancient sculptures. The most attractive part of the collection consisted of eight statues of Roman emperors, discovered in 1768. According to the catalog, published in 1818, the collection of Dr. Tomasoni had more than 300 sculptures, mostly of stone, as well as numerous pottery, glass vessels, coins (about 6000 pieces) and a giant library.

The collection was inherited by his descendant Daniel Pellegrini, who sold the collection. And the Archaeological Institute purchased 20 works of sculpture for the archaeological Museum in Zadar, the rest of the work remained in the museums of Venice, Aquileia, Milan, Copenhagen etc.