|About the museum:
Rijeka City Museum was established in 1994, when the National Revolution Museum (founded in 1961) was reorganised. The museum building, located in the park of the Governor’s Palace, was designed by the architect Neven Šegvić in 1976. That same year, the Borba daily newspaper awarded Šegvić a prize for the building's design.
The museum does not house a permanent exhibition, but organises temporary shows. In recent years, the museum has collected and restored valuable material. Numerous investigations have been conducted, successful exhibitions have been held, and extensive catalogues have been published on themes related to the history of Rijeka and its environs: The Bridges of Rijeka; The Fountains and Wash Basins of Rijeka; The Steps of Rijeka; The Port of Rijeka: History, Construction, Traffic; The Magic Needle – a collection of gramophones and Rijeka’s discography; Adamić’s Era 1780 – 1830 – Rijeka’s Merchant in a Time of Great Changesand the two most demanding projects so far, Merika – Emigration from Central Europe to America 1880 – 1914; and Torpedo of Rijeka – First in the World.
A cycle of exhibitions related to the works of artists from Rijeka encompassed the fields of architecture (I. Emil, N. Kučan, Z. Bregovac, A. Čičin Šain), photography (V. Hreljanović), painting (R. Žic), film posters (W. Stipanov), and set and costume design (D. Sokolić and R. Nenadović Sokolić) among others.
The holdings of the museum include diverse items which, for the most part, trace the life of the city in the 19th and the 20th centuries.
The collection of arts and crafts comprises furniture, glass, and ceramic items, as well as clothing owned by well-known Rijeka families.
The collection of documents comprises school certificates, diplomas, personal identity documents, maps, plans, and drawings of the city and its surroundings, from the 17th century to the present.
The press collection comprises examples of the daily press, posters and various printed material from Rijeka and its surroundings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The collection of numismatics, securities, medals and other decorations from Rijeka and its environs includes money that was printed and used in this area.
The collection of weapons and items from the Second World War includes items from partisan camps, Nazi and Fascist prisons, and personal items that belonged to war participants; the collection also contains weapons from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The visual arts collection includes drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, sets, and costumes made by artists and other people who lived and worked in Rijeka.
The music collection holds music boxes, phonographs, gramophones, and musical instruments.
The theatre and film collection holds posters of operas, ballets, and plays performed at the Ivan Zajc Croatian National Theatre, and posters of films shown in Rijeka.
The philately collection comprises issues of stamps related to or that contain motifs of Rijeka from 1819 to the present.
The collection of photographs comprises original photographs, negatives, slides, photo albums, and postcards from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The technical collection holds items that attest to the technical, scientific, and economic achievements of Rijeka, a city with a rich industrial heritage (the torpedo factory, the paper factory and the oil refinery).