|About the museum:
The Konavle Local History House was set up in Čilipi in 1974 with the generous championship, energy and enthusiasm of leading educational and tourist industry people in Čilipi and the understanding and good will of the population of Konavle. The house was founded and maintained with the resources of the then tourist and cultural and education association as well as with a grant from the Culture Fund of the then commune of Dubrovnik. In the building of the one-time village savings association, collected ethnological holdings of Konavle were exhibited – male and female folk costume, woven fabrics and embroideries, use objects and furnishing that as exhibits represented the interior space of the typical Konavle house. The Local History House had an outstanding role in the social, cultural and tourist life of Čilipi, and was an important part of the scene of the Sunday folk culture presentations on the central square in Čilipi. At the beginning of the operations of the aggressor against Croatia in spring and summer 1991, and the atrocious events in which cultural property was attacked and destroyed, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia recommended that movable and immovable objects of cultural and artistic value be evacuated or otherwise protected. Without any anticipation of the full character and violence of the destruction to come, the evacuation of the basic holdings (textile handicrafts, vestments and silverware) was carried out in the same building as the museum, in the cistern. Čilipi was set on fire on October 6 and 7, 1991. The building of the Local History House was burned down, and part of the inventory was irrevocably lost. After this arson, trace was found to the underground cistern holding part of the museum holdings. Several objects were indeed missing and some destroyed, but most of them had been saved. After the aggression against Croatian had waned, the preserved holdings were stored in the building of the newly founded Konavle Municipality in Cavtat. In 1995, a pilot project started for the renovation of Konavle. Within the general context of the renovation of the centre of Čilip, according to the UNESCO proposal for the cultural sustainability of Čilipi of 1998, within the Architectural Workshop, the Croatian Commission for Collaboration with UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia worked out conservation guidelines for the renovation of Čilipi centre as well as four structures, including the Local History House. The structural works on the repairs were completed in 1999. In 2003 an exhibition with a selection from the rescued holdings and from objects bought and donated to the museum in the postwar period was set up in the still incomplete building. Finally the renovation of the museum building was completed with a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Konavle municipality. A permanent display for the ethnological material of the Konavle Local Museum was devised. Today the collection of the Local Museum holds about 500 items, of which the best quality male and female folk costume, embroidery, and other textile handicrafts, jewellery, arms and musical instruments as well as a few use objects are in the display. The permanent display has been supplemented by a selection of needlework and patterns of stitching from the Jelka Miš Embroidery Association. In this manner the Konavle Local Museum in Čilipi figures as a treasure house of the ethnological heritage of Konavle, meant above all for us, and serving as an identifiable bearer of our cultural identity and a symbol of the vitality and revitalisation of Konavle. After the many years of extensive renovation of the building of the museum, the whole permanent display of the Konavle Local Museum was officially opened on May 19, 2007.