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Museum of Ancient Glass

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Address: Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 1, Zadar 23000, Croatia
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Ancient Roman glass

This was a really interesting museum with lots of glass items from the 1st-3rd centuries and with good explanations in Croatian and English. The first floor was a bit lacking, but... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lizara K
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a really interesting museum with lots of glass items from the 1st-3rd centuries and with good explanations in Croatian and English. The first floor was a bit lacking, but the second was the real highlight - especially the room with unique pieces. Definitely worth a look for anyone interested in Roman times. It would have been nice to... More 

Thank Lizara K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum has some interesting exhibits that relate the history of glass in the Adriatic region (with multiple floors to check out), but there's also potential for it to be so much more dynamic. There's some good artwork and visuals along the walls to compliment the pieces on display, and the local artwork on the first floor is actually quite good.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is housed in a fabulous building above the old city call and had spectacular views across the sea. This has an elevator so you can access all floors. Several school tours groups when we were there, all well behaved. Some of the exhibits we thought could do with more labelling for those of us who are not experts on... More 

Thank KatB15
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a beautiful and compact museum which covers both the History of glass making, displays of glass from all periods, a detailed presentation on Funeral practices involving glass urns plus exhibitions of contemporary glass art works. They also have demonstrations of glass blowing but you need to be there before 11.00 AM to see these. One criticism. No photography... More 

Thank Geoff R
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Museum of Ancient Glass is located in the 19th century Cosmacendi Palace, with lovely views over the Jazine Harbour. This museum is one of the city’s newest attractions. On display are fascinating collections of old Roman glassware: goblets, jars and vials, retrieved from archaeological sites throughout Dalmatia. Some of these were used by the Roman women to store perfume,... More 

Thank Musicofnote58
Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Glass has a special place in antiquity and in the arcaeological record. Most is from grave contexts so the museum gives some insight into the variety and extent of local communities. well explained even if some of the items' provenance is a bit doubtful

Thank spadesaspade
Eastport, New York
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I have always loved Roman Glass and this museum has a wonderful collection. In all the museums where i have seen glass, they have not included the funerary urns. Quite interesting. We were not there for the glass blowing, but have seen the technique many times so this did not detract from the visit. Worth the walk cross town.

Thank travelyngirl
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Really informative in Croatian and 90% also in English. Some good films showing old footage of Zadar city through the century. Glass finds are amazing and well lit and laid out.

Thank Hilary_11
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

As you tire of touring yet another Roman ruin on the Adriatic, break from the crowd and head for this Museum of Ancient Glass. It is fairly new, well laid out on 3 floors, and air-conditioned. It features some very unusual pieces, and traces the regions history through the prism of wonderful glass treasures. We visited on a weekday early... More 

Thank stephenmurphy4
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful old glass - incredibly delicate and so old. Iridescent. The exhibits are well displayed and information on how they were discovered is informative.

Thank Amanda M

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