|About the museum:
The museum was founded in 1958. Since 1970 it has transformed into a regional institution that manages the movable and immovable heritage in the Lika region. The museum is located in the 18th century former residence and office building of the Lieutenant General of the Lika Regiment (who occupied it during the Military Border period – the Austro-Hungarian cordon sanitaireagainst incursions from the Ottoman Empire).
The permanent archaeological exhibition, Terra Viva (Live Earth), and its associated lapidarium, offers a picture of Lika from prehistory to the late Middle Ages, that is, to the time of Ottoman rule.
The holdings of the Cultural and Historical Department (mostly furniture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries) present the way of life and development of the bourgeois class in the Gospić area.
An ethnographic exhibition is located in the courtyard of the museum in a separate, traditional Lika house –brvnašica - covered with wooden shingles. Its interior design depicts traditional events throughout the seasons.
The exhibition entitled From the Holdings of the Gallery Department: the 19th and the 20th Centuries presents works of art mostly created by artists from Lika. Among the other works are those of M. Kraljević, N. Mašić, M. Uzelac, L. Rupčić, M. Tartaglia, Z. Šulentić, Z. Prica, E. Murtić, O. Gliha, I. Šebalj, J. Knifer, S. Golac, and P. Dolić.
One of the particularities of the museum is the annual art event Lički Likovni Anale (Annual Art Exhibition in Lika). Since 1966, this annual event has brought together a large number of renowned artists - painters, sculptors, graphic artists, and potters - whose works enrich the museum and gallery holdings.