The Croatian Museum of Naive Art

Peruse more than 1,500 primitive 20th-century works of art by untrained artists. Pieces range from paintings and drawings to sculptures and prints.

The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art has an intriguing concept, showcasing pieces by self-taught artists who do not belong to a particular school or style. This ensures the works on display are unpredictable and fairly unique. Browse the fascinating paintings and sculptures of unusually proportioned characters and illogical perspectives.

Admire the 18th-century Raffay Palace that houses the extraordinary museum. Note its simple design with a yellow-and-white façade. The Croatian flag flies above the large wooden doors. Enter the building to look at the works hanging on the black and white walls.

Reserve an English-language guided tour in advance by booking online or calling the museum. Learn from a docent about the individual works and the collective theme of naïve art. While the art on display does not adhere to strict rules, it tends to fit the 20th-century divergence from realism. 

Marvel at fascinating works that take certain qualities from cubism, expressionism and surrealism. The majority of the pieces are by Croatian artists, although many are international.

The museum was originally known as the Peasant Art Gallery when it opened in 1952, emphasizing the concept that people from any stratum of life could create valued art. It claims to be the world’s first museum with this theme.

Attend temporary exhibitions and talks by artists about the works. Take kids to the playroom for a short break. Sign up for an educational workshop to learn how to make your own masterpieces.

The museum opens from morning through early evening from Tuesday through Friday. It has an earlier closing time on weekends and never opens on Mondays. The entrance fee has a half-price discount for children.

The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is next to the Museum of Broken Relationships in the historic Upper Town of Zagreb. Many buses and taxis will take you to the square where both museums lie. Take the tram to Frankopanska, a 5-minute walk south from the museum. There is no parking or disabled access available.


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