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The Museum of Broken Relationships is one of the newest and most unique of Zagreb’s many museums.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Opened in October 2010, the museum is dedicated to showcasing the remnants of failed romantic relationships and features a collection of personal objects that encapsulate experiences associated with break-ups.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is one of the newest and most unique of Zagreb’s many museums. Opened in October 2010, the museum is dedicated to showcasing the remnants of failed romantic relationships and features a collection of personal objects that encapsulate experiences associated with break-ups. The items on display are accompanied by stories behind them, which range from funny and hopeful to sad, moving and even bitter, allowing a brief peek into a variety of personal experiences and different ways in which people tell their stories.

The museum started as a travelling exhibition of items collected by two Zagreb-based artists and first shown to the public in 2006. Museum founders, the film producer Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić, came to the idea of starting a collection of left-over items when their own relationship ended. Before it found a permanent home in the Zagreb Upper Town, the exhibition had travelled the world, visiting countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America between 2006 and 2010. The collection was seen by more than 200,000 people and gathered many new personal items that are now part of the permanent display.

In 2011, the Museum of Broken Relationships received the Kenneth Hudson Award from the European Museum Forum (EMF) as Europe’s most innovative museum of the year.



Exhibition

Conceptually, the Museum of Broken Relationships is divided into three segments: the collection of physical items, a virtual web museum and a confessional.

The items in the collection are presented with dates, places and short descriptions or stories by their donors. They include objects such as photographs torn in half, a therapeutic “ex axe,“ used to chop a former lover’s furniture, a frisbee given to someone as an anniversary gift, and a garden dwarf that had an unfortunate encounter with the windscreen of an ex’s new car.

The virtual web museum allows registered visitors to donate their own items by uploading images and documents, while the confessional, an interactive segment of the museum, allows visitors to store their objects, post messages and record their confessions.


Location

The baroque Kulmer Palace, the historic building that houses the museum, is located in Ćirilometodska Street in the Upper Town, the oldest city district that is home to many cultural and historic attractions.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from June to September and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from October to May.


Weddings in Zagreb

Even if many of its residents have donated past relationship memorabilia to the museum, Zagreb is still a city of romance at heart. The city’s parks, gardens, promenades, old churches and historical buildings make it a unique destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway, as well as those who are ready to tie the knot.

Panorama Zagreb Hotel, located in the city’s new business centre, has many years of experience in planning wedding receptions and other special events. The hotel currently has a special, all-inclusive offer for newlyweds who decide to celebrate their special day in one of Panorama’s halls. In addition to hosting the reception and serving top delicacies, the hotel will now organise a honeymoon in Dubrovnik as a gift to the newlyweds.

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