Muzej Mimara

Museum history

A founding of the museum


Basic information


The full name of the museum is: "The Public Institution of the Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara Art Collection" - Mimara Museum, headquartered at Roosevelt Square 5, Zagreb. The Museum's statutes allow for the use of the short form of the name: Muzej Mimara, or in English, the Mimara Museum.

The founder of the museum is the Republic of Croatia. The museum is in the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and is financed from the National Budget, while the annual programmes are jointly financed by the city of Zagreb.

The institution was founded in 1980 (at first as the establishment in the process of founding) and the museum was opened to the public on 17 July 1987.


The early days of the founding


The holdings of the museum comprise the formerly private art collection of the Ante Topić Mimara (1898 - 1987), which he donated in perpetuity to the Croatian people, on condition that premises for its permanent exhibition be arranged. The holdings of the museum are being expanded with new acquisitions.

The terms and conditions of the deed of gift were stipulated in a contract by Ante Topić Mimara and the Socialist Republic of Croatia on 6 October 1973, and in an annex to this contract of 29 October 1986.

It was originally planned that the permanent exhibition of the art collection of Ante Topić Mimara should be located in the building of the former Jesuit monastery in Zagreb's Upper Town, Jesuit Square 4. But after being reconstructed, these premises, at first known as the Museum Space, today called the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, acquired the function of gallery capable of organising major foreign and domestic loan exhibitions.

In the middle of the 1980s, the Parliament of Croatia and the City Assembly of Zagreb made the decision to have the Mimara art collection permanently housed in the central building of the high school complex in Roosevelt Square in Zagreb, which had until that time housed the 1st and 4th high schools, and which was to be converted for the museum purpose. This decision was put into practice from 1985 to 1987.

The 1985 Museum-Gallery Centre Law stated that the Mimara Museum would be a part of the Museum-Gallery Centre, together with the Museum Space, Jesuit Square 4, later renamed the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery.

In 1998 the Museums Law abolished the Museum-Gallery Centre, which was divided into two independent public establishments, two entirely equal successors: Mimara Museum and Klovićevi Dvori Gallery.

After being entered into the register of the Commercial Court in Zagreb on 9 February 1999, the Mimara Museum started operating as an independent institution. 


The exhibitions from the Mimara’s Collection up to the opening of the museum in 1987


In the years preceeding the opening of the museum to the public in 1987, selected parts of the collection were displayed in Zagreb:


Exhibition of works from the Collection of Ante Topić Mimara, Villa Zagorje, Pantovčak, 27 September 1983 - 31 July 1984

The Ante Topić Mimara Collection – Chinese Art, Museum Space, Jezuitski trg 4, Zagreb, 21 March - 16 June 1985

Mimara Exhibition - From the World of the Samurai, Museum Space, Jezuitski trg 4, Zagreb, 6 April 1985 - 16 June 1985

Prayer rugs and and mosque lamps from the Ante Topić Mimara Collection, Muzejski prostor, Zagreb, 16 May 1985 - 16 June 1985