Museum of Broken Relationships

In this innovative museum, rummage through the sentimental items heartbroken lovers have donated to tell the story of the human penchant for love.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a bittersweet love letter to the collective shattered heart. Many of its exhibits comprise sentimental relics that remained at the end of relationships. Read the accompanying descriptions in English for insight into the emotional value behind each piece. Enjoy this pleasant and unexpected change of tone from the more traditional art museums in the city.

Capture photos of the majestic Kulmer Palace housing the museum. It has an elegant white façade with black doors and simple black windows. Step inside to be transported to the memories of failed relationships.

See a wedding dress from a 3-year relationship in Germany from the 1990s. Read about the story behind the cell phone from a 1-year relationship that ended in 2004. Find out why bright orange underpants from 2005 appear in the museum. Many other items in the exhibits reveal similar interesting backstories.

Read letters and messages and look at photographs from previously happy relationships. Donors remain anonymous but leave information, such as dates, locations and other annotations.

Browse the virtual web collection and upload your own memories. Watch interactive videos of people confessing and revealing their feelings about their broken relationships.

Reflect on your personal experiences and how they intertwine with the items on display. Sip a coffee at the Brokenships Café while you ponder. Purchase an “I Love Break Ups” T-shirt among other humorous souvenirs in the gift shop.

The end of a 4-year relationship between two local artists inspired the idea for the unusual collection. It was first put on display in 2006.

The museum opens daily from early morning through late evening year-round. It stays open even later in the summer months. The entrance fee has a range of discounts for students, children, seniors and groups.

Find the Museum of Broken Relationships in the historic Upper Town of Zagreb. Look for many interesting landmarks nearby, including St. Mark’s Church, the Lotrščak Tower and the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art. Arrive by tram at the Frankopanska stop, just a few minutes southwest of the museum.

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