|About the museum:
The museum was founded in 2005 and began operations in a newly constructed building in 2008.
The museum is located at the entrance to the ancient aqueduct cut into the living rock, popularly known as Talijanova buža (the Italian’s hole). The aqueduct is 1,050 m long and ends in Novalja field. Visitors, accompanied by museum guides, can see the first 50 metres of the aqueduct from the entrance.
The hydro-archaeological collection is housed in the museum’s basement. It comprises amphorae and dishes from an ancient merchant ship that sank in the Bay of Vlaška mala. The collection also includes a large, well-preserved wooden anchor recovered from the shallow waters at the site of Caska. The anchor is one of the largest examples discovered on the Croatian coast.
The first floor of the museum houses art exhibitions.
The second floor of the museum is devoted to ethnographic material. The floor has been arranged as a replica of a typical Novalja home from the early to mid-20th century. Visitors are welcomed by hosts (mannequins) dressed in local costumes, and can visit the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms in the house. Most of the exhibits have labels in the local dialect.
The museum’s new permanent exhibition is under construction.