|About the museum:
The museum is located in the Bigatto palace (1639) in the town’s historical centre. It was opened to visitors in 1961. The museum houses valuable archaeological, ethnographic, cultural, historical, artistic, and other material relevant to Buzet and its surrounding area.
The archaeological collection comprises: prehistoric stone, bone and ceramic items, tools and weapons, pottery fragments and other objects dating from the Paleolithic to the Late Iron Age; tools, weapons, pottery, jewellery and other finds from Antiquity; and medieval finds discovered at necropoleis from the grave sites of Zajčji brč (7th and 8th centuries AD) and Mejice. Prominent among the finds from both grave sites are knives, bone combs and jewellery. Among the jewellery, an earring of the Buzet type is of particular importance.
The collection of stone monuments comprises Roman funerary monuments and architectural elements (from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD), stone monuments from the period of the Venetian Republic, and the former coat of arms of the city.
The ethnographic collection features farming tools, a typical old Buzet kitchen, Istrian folk instruments (mišnice and dvojnice), folk costumes from the regions of Ćićarija and Buzet, and a loom.
Visitors can also view exhibitions related to: the discovery of the 15th century frescoes from the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Petrapilosa near Buzet; the anti-fascist struggle in the Buzet region (with selected weapons, original documents and items from the period); an exhibition about the Glagolitic alphabet, which appeared in Buzet in the 12th century; and an exhibition about Buzet’s National Hall.
Buzet’s old smithy, bakery and workshop for the production of horn combs are all recreated at different locations in the old town.