|About the museum:
The collection is located in Rakalj (Castelvecchio), a small town in southern Istria. It is housed in the native home of Mijo Mirković – Mate Balota and is one of the locations that attest to the four hundred year history of the town.
The collection was established in 1968. It is a transformation of the writer’s works into a museum collection, which presents the region in relation to the writer’s life and work. During the subsequent years, the collection has been reorganized several times and has been supplemented with donations made by local residents and the Mirkovic family.
Mijo Mirković (1898 – 1963) was an academician and a professor at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. He published a substantial number of books, scientific studies, and articles on economics and Croatian cultural history, many of which are pioneering works in different scientific disciplines. He was deeply involved in journalism and literature and is the author of various scientific monographs on Matthias Flacius Illyricus. Prominent among his literary works are: Dragi kamen (1938), poems in Chakavian dialect; the novel Tijesna zemlja (1946); and chronicles related to Istrian themes. His poetry, characterised by a powerful social tone, is related to the Istrian people and their land.
The permanent exhibition (2005), with its ethnographic material, photographs, personal items, documents and audio recordings, aims to depict the complex creative life of Mijo Mirković. The story of his life and work is told through four thematic units: Mijo Mirković and Rakalj, Life Path, Literary Motifs, and The Legacy of Mate Balota (with a special unit on traditional pottery from Rakalj). A segment of the exhibition is suited to school-age visitors. It is guided by a particular pedagogical approach and presents numerous photographs and documents.