Museums and collections

The Old Town

At the northern edge of the historical centre of Varaždin separated from the city by embankments and moat, is the Old Town Castle of Varaždin. This military fortress was unassailable from the outside due to the moat which was fed by the river Drava canal and the cannons inside the walls that in some places were 2.5 metres thick. Inside is the Old Town’s Renaissance Palace, whose aristocratic owners have continually changed and adjusted it to suit their tastes from the 13th to the 19th Century. Today the entire Old Town is the Varaždin City Museum.

Former illustrious owners include the Counts of Celje, Jan Vitovac, Ivaniš Korvin, Juraj Brandenburg, Counts Ungnadi and many others. The Erdödy Family ruled the City for the longest time, and the first owner was the famous General Tomo Bakač Erdödy , who defeated the Turks at Sisak in 1593.The Old Town was the Capital of the Varaždin County, and the Erdödy family were its hereditary governors. That’s why their family coat of arms which was officially confirmed by the Queen Maria Therese in 1763, is still in use. The last owner of the Town sold it in 1923.The Varaždin City Museum was founded by the Varaždin Museum Society, and officially opened in 1925 in a few rooms in the Old Town. Initially the displays consisted of items donated to the newly opened museum by renowned Varaždin families.

Over the years, the size and variety of the Museum Collection have increased, and today the Varaždin City Museum has specialized Archaeological, Historical, Cultural, Ethnographic and Entomological Departments. Museum Departments are housed in several buildings of historical value in the center of the City: the Gothic-Renaissance fortress Old Town, the baroque Sermage, the classical Herzer Palace and the Watchtower in the Old Town complex. The Museum’s Departments currently have four permanent exhibitions including: the Cultural and Historical Department in the Old Town, Entomology in Herzer Palace and the Gallery of Old and Contemporary Masters in the Sermage Palace. The Archaeological and Historical Department in the Herzer Palace is currently being prepared and is almost ready to open permanently.

Old Town (12th century), Strossmayerovo šetalište 1)
PHONE +385 42 658 754,,
Visits last 40 minutes; group tours per appointment

Opening Hours:
Summer (April-September): Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter (October-March) Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

The Gallery of Old and New Masters

The Varaždin City Museum has, since 1939, provided a Gallery of Old and New Masters, which houses over 5,300 works of art divided into ten collections. The Department currently has two modern permanent displays: the Permanent Exhibition of Old Masters and the Permanent Exhibition of 20th Century Croatian Masters, which are displayed on alternate floors of the Baroque Sermage Palace.

The Permanent Exhibition of Old Masters

The Gallery of Old Masters includes work by both Croatian and International artists, which chronologically displays works from the 15th to the 19th Centuries. The core of the work dates from the Baroque Period and includes work from Dutch and Italian, Beidermeier Painters as well as work from the second half of the 19th Century (????).

The oldest painting, which stands out amongst all others, is Žitna Madona (‘the Virgin Mother with a Dress of Wheat’), painted in tempera on wood, and is the work of an unknown 15th Century artist. It is one of only 80-odd paintings across Europe that depicts the Virgin Mother in a dress made of wheat, which makes it an incredible rarity and the centrepiece of Varaždin’s Galleries.

The Permanent Exhibition of 20th Century Croatian Masters

A comprehensive collection of Croatian Artists created as a significant permanent collection in 2006. The new Exhibition includes about 100 paintings from 81 20th Century Croatian Artists. Among the artists displayed are: Vlaho Bukovac, Ivan Meštrović, Miroslav Kraljević, Josip Račić, Ljubo Babić, Vladimir Becić, Ivo Režek, Vilim Svečnjak, Kosta Angeli Radovani, Ivan Lovrenčić, Milena Lah, Miljenko Stančić, Đuro Seder and many others.

Palača Sermage, Trg Miljenka Stančića 3
Tel. +385 42 658 754

Tuesday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday and public holidays.

The ‘World of Insects’ Entomological Collection

The Hercer Palace was built in a Classicist style in 1791. Carved in stone above the main entrance is the Hercer Family Crest which, during the 18th Century, became exceedingly wealthy through its running of the post office and bought itself a position into the nobility. The Palace now houses an Entomological Collection which was donated by Prof. Franjo Košćec, a local teacher. This collection was turned into a permanent collection entitled the ‘World of Insects’, renovated in the 1990’s and is considered to be one of the finest collections of its kind in Europe. It ranges through several tropes: night time, woodland, woods and meadows, freshwater, the tide line and in the soil. The specimens were exposed to entomological preparations, and these alongside the prepared slides of vertebrae, herbal plant samples, magnified insect models, photographs and various other items from the legacy left to us by Prof. Košćec. Also included in the collection are tools used to process specimens which were designed and made by Prof. Košćec. The Permanent Collection also houses collections from other naturalists dating from the 19th and 20th Centuries, and there is also a replica of Prof. Košćec’s work room.

Palača Hercer, Franjevački trg 6
tel. +385-42-658-760

Tuesday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday and public holidays.

The Museum of Firefighting

Although the smallest of all city museums, the Museum has proved attractive to a many visitors. There is a long tradition of fire fighting in Varaždin as the City has been damaged several times by fire. The first Varaždin volunteer Fire Brigade formed in 1864, making it the first in the region. The museum contains a number of fire appliances, diplomas, awards and photographs, and is the only permanent Firefighting Museum in Croatia to display artifacts from the rich and long history of Croatian Firefighters.

Trenkova 44
PHONE +385 42 230 346

Contact person: Mr. Vedran Runjić +385 (0)91 393 0336

Group tours per appointment.

Pet accessible

Opening hours: Every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can visit museum in other time by making appointment at least a day earlier on phone nr. +385 (0)91 393 0336.

The ‘Zlatni Ajngel’ (Golden Angel) Gallery

The Gallery is located in a charming small courtyard in 15 Gajeva Street, and is marked by a traditional shop signage. The Gallery does not have a strict theme, and displays about 10 exhibitions a year of modern Paintings, Sculpture, Design and Photography.

Galerija Zlati Ajngel, Gajeva 15
PHONE +385 42 212 702,

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays.
Visit by appointment possible outside of working hours.

Galerija K10

Galerija K10, Kukuljevićeva ulica 10
tel. +385 (0)91 1744 000

Gallery K10 showroom is intended for exposure KERAMEIKON collection of contemporary world ceramics which for now does 225 ceramic works of art from as many as 45 countries around the world. The collection continues to grow and has donated to selected works of contemporary ceramics exhibited in the I, II, III. and IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics and exhibition CERAMICA MULTIPLEX. It keeps almost all awarded works from 2005 to 2012, as well as works by other KERAMEIKON exhibition with which the artists donated their works especially for the collection. The works are of different sizes and made many different types of ceramics techniques and styles. Represented artists from all continents of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Canada, China, Lithuania, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Pakistan, Polish, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, the USA, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Croatian.


The Museum of Angels

The Museum of Angels is located in Varaždin at No. 14 Silvija Strahimira Kranjčevića Ulica. The artistic motifs are unmistakable: Cezanne’s still life with apples, Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Monnet’s water lilies, Dega’s ballerinas and Prstec’s angels. After three decades of painting motifs of angels in a Baroque atmosphere, Željko Prstec earned his hometown a permanent place in the history of painting and the title of ‘the City where Angels Sleep’.

The idea of a Museum of Angels was finally realized on 13th May 2011. The art work and actions of Željko Prstec has for many years been located in Varaždin under the name of ‘the City where Angels Sleep’. The slogan and idea of Varaždin as the ‘the City where Angels Sleep’ has been protected by copyright and is publically recognized as ‘Anđelinjaka’.

Just as angels speak all languages, so Prstec’s installations address all regardless of nationality, religion or origin.

OPENING HOURS: daily from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. viewing at other times by appointment.
Mob: +385 98 512 894
Pet accessible

Museum Collection of Oldtimers

Otona Župančića 4, Varaždin
tel. + 385 42 331 513

November – April:
10:00 – 15:00
May – October:
09:00 – 12:00 16:00 – 20:00
*mondays closed

Gallery Prikratki

Ivana Padovca 4a, Varaždin
tel.: +385 98 284 282

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