|About the museum:
The Local Museum of the City of Biograd na Moru is an independent, and the only, cultural establishment in the area of Biograd. It holds a valuable heritage from the rich past of the Biograd coastal area and environs. It is located in the central part of the town on the very waterfront of Biograd, which used to be a royal and coronation city, the capital of the Croatian kingdom during the time of the dynastic rulers of the 11th century. The building that houses the museum is itself a cultural monument. It was erected on the ruins of the medieval city walls at the end of the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century. For a long time the District Court, set up during the time of King and Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1876 was at work in it. Visitors tend to be particularly interested by the cultural history collection Cargo of a Sunken Ship of the 16th century, a one-of-a-kind collection along the Adriatic. Ten thousand objects taken from a sunken Venetian ship of the 16th century are kept in it. A Venetian merchant ship crammed to the gills with various kinds of expensive goods for trade around the ports of the Mediterranean was sunk in 1583 in the Pašman Channel, by the islet of Gnalić, a few miles to the south of Biograd. The treasure is quite priceless, and was long hidden at the bottom of the sea, for almost four centuries. It was discovered accidentally by a Murter-based fisherman no longer ago than 1967. Since then, several expert marine archaeological investigations have been carried out, providing a multitude of objects of incalculable value. They document the material culture of a relatively new epoch, concerning which knowledge to date has mostly been based on written or visual sources. Items from the sunken ship can be divided into two groups: ship’s equipment and inventory (two large anchors, nine bronze cannon, some cannonballs, copper and pewter pots from the gallery and so on), and then the costly goods meant for commerce. To this group belong luxury goods of glass, candles, textile objects, ceramic kitchen ware, painted majolica, engraved ceramics and many items for everyday use: thimbles, needles, pins, razors, spectacles, scissors, various kinds of bell, precision scales and so on. A special part of the cargo consists of raw materials and semi-finished products.