History that is told through the remnants of time
One of the top Pula tourist attractions
Come in Archaeological Museum of Istria end experience the Istrian history thank to the time graph, collection of fossil records and a picturesque view of the Istrian development. Exciting archaeological finds with an explanation are interesting to historians and other fans of history and cultural heritage. Learn more about Istrian history trough numerous traces of various cultures and civilizations. Prehistoric remains are enough for you to see how prehistoric inhabitants (Histri) used to live in Istria. Here you will experience the culture and everyday life of Ancient Rome through numerous tombstones, and honorary monuments. You will also see the remains of Christian, Byzantine and Franciscan culture through mosaics and the remains of architectural monuments.
What can you see in Archaeological Museum of Istria and where?
Schedule of exhibition items sorted by time and space:
Lapidarium contains collection of stone monuments from a period of Roman rule in Istria. The two southern halls on the ground floor feature stone monuments, early Christian mosaics from Nezakcija and Pula (St. John and Nymph, St. Felicita, St. Nicholas).
FIRST FLOOR OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ISTRIA
The five exhibition halls of the first floor depict the period from the Palaeolithic to the end of the 1st millennium BC. Cr. Exhibits dating back to the Paleolithic period in Istria are stone tools and bones of animal species. In the showcases are exposed the oldest fragments of impressed ceramics from the area of southern Istria, especially Vižula near Medulin, as well as several fragments of jars from the Jami cave on the island of Cres. The new way of treating stones is the choice of polished axes, bats, and arrow tips. The Eneolithic in Istria is depicted through the veiled fragments of the vessel and reconstructed replicas of the original finds.
From the Bronze Age of Istrian history there are remains of fragments of ceramics, reconstructions and replicas of dishes. Numerous bones, stone grenades, various weights, spearheads and rare bronze weapons (axes, spearheads, knives) are elements of everyday life of the historic inhabitants of Istria. Bronze Age necropolise and burial under stone tumulus are usually very modest in annexes, so there are significant exhibits of amber and bronze jewelry, such as large vessels and necklaces.
The central space of the permanent setting of a prehistoric collection is dedicated to fragments of stone monuments from Nezakcij. Among them, the monumental block with a depiction of women during childbirth and breastfeeding is particularly emphasized, linked to the sculpture of the horsemen. Fragments of anthropomorphic sculptures (torso of a young man, part of a woman’s head ) are also exposed, as well as parts of the altar and selection from a collection of plates decorated with engraved spirals and meanders.
In the last two halls is presented the material culture of Histra – the Iron Age inhabitants of Istria , there is a selection of grave finds from the necropolis of Nezakcija, Limska Gradina, Picuga, Kaštela near Buje, Kaštelir near Nove Vasi and Pula. Gravestones that were made locally with typical ornamental decorations, next to it is exposed the vessels of northern Italy and Venetian culture, matte Daunian vases, Etruscan origin vessels, rare black and red-Greek Greek vases that were attached to the graves of richer deceased. In the graves were also fitted bronze vessels, helmets and jewelry pieces.
THE SECOND FLOOR OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ISTRIA
In the last two halls of the permanent exhibition stands material remains that are left from the late Christian era and from the early medieval settlements of Istria. In the second hall are exposed collection from the early Byzantine rule of Istria, post-war research of large cemeteries from the hills of Novigrad, Motovun and Buzet (Čelega, Brkač, Veli Mlun, Mejica). At the end of the setting, the ivory case from Pirana was presented – a Byzantine work decorated with Dionysius scenes (IX – X century).