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The Home of Marin Drzic
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Ranked #133 of 141 things to do in Dubrovnik
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

As part of our visit to Dubrovnik and our purchase of the Dubrovnik card my family and I went along to Marin Drzic House. Previously we had not heard of him however, upon going to his house we were fully informed by the time we left. Although the exhibition itself is not on a large scale there is lots of information everywhere you look and all in a number of languages. This exhibition is split over a number of floors so anyone with a disability or a buggy would find it difficult to transverse. Worth a visit if your in the old town.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

This museum is included in the Museums of Dubrovnik Pass so we decided to stop in. It was a rainy day and there wasn’t much else to do in town. Marin Drzic was a playwright lived over 500 years ago, and the museum contains a few busts that were guesses of what he looked like as there are no portraits of him. There were also some play posters from the 1950s and 1960s, but there was nothing that I would pay to see.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

I didn't realize this was in front of his home or I would have popped in as I had the Dubrovnik card. I passed by the statue twice and obviously people think that rubbing his nose and/or knees is good luck as they are all shiny from constant rubbing! I'll admit...I rubbed his nose on my second pass!

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

One star or five stars? One star because it is a worthy winner of the title "worst museum I have ever visited" or five stars, as it is so comically bad that the visit proves rather entertaining. Information is presented in an opaque, jumbled manner with such dense prose that you'll need to be a Professor of antiquities, with a penchant for deciphering archaic manuscripts, to glean any useful information about this man. I guarantee that the only fact you'll remember after the event, is that the man was known as the Otter due to his ability to evade creditors, but only because as a wildlife metaphor comment on a person's character it seems a touch obtuse. Random waxwork figures may, or may not, have been depicting a scene from one of his plays. Ascending the first flight of stairs there is a date stamped on each step going back in time, leading to the erroneous belief that you are about to be transported to the sites, sounds and smells of 16th century Dubrovnik. Expectations cruelly dashed by another modern interior room, so spartan you'll think you've taken a wrong turn - museums are supposed to contain things. A glass case, empty save for a pile of rock salt is either an exhibit under construction or an amusing literary reference to one of the great man's works - only the history Professor knows. You are invited to experience what his bed chamber would have looked like, maybe, possibly, from the roped off doorway entrance to the boudoir lest you nip in there and make off with his bed - or to be more accurate a bed. There is a desk in there as well - he was a writer he probably used one. Then there is the not insignificant fact that this is not his room. Not only does the building not contain anything remotely connected with the man, the very bricks and mortar are where he wasn't born, didn't live, produced no works of artistic merit, and finally didn't die. It is like the polar opposite of the definition of a museum. It might be more accurately described as a shop, but for the fact they don't sell anything. Before you leave this surreal world make sure to check out the amusing comments in the visitor's book - no you're not going mad, it really was that bad. And in the unlikely event that the experience leads you to want to seek out more information, any information, about the man's life seek out his statue elsewhere in the city. Is this a representation of the human form in the naive school of artistic tradition or did the unfortunate man actually look like that? It seems this poor man's legacy is - everything connected to his memory shall be Eurovision Song Contest bad. Unintentionally amusing, but not quite five stars.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this gem on our way back to the hotel one evening after dinner and were delighted to find it was open until 10pm and was free on our 3 day Dubrovnik card.
We must have happened upon the lady in charge on a good day as she was not at all hostile as indicated in other reviews, just somewhat dismissive in pointing the way to the exhibits down the few steps on the first level whilst uttering not a word.
An interactive touch screen gave access to a summary of the life of Croatia's foremost playwright but was rather earnest and wordy and soon lost our interest. Hoping for more engaging exhibits upstairs we read the information on the wall displays and learnt that Marin Drzic had never lived in this house, nothing on display had any direct link with him and he spent alot of time in Italy and much energy dodging his creditors.
We were mystified by the cases exhibiting piles of rock salt and a representation of Marin Drzic's 'room' based entirely on speculation as to how his lodgings may have looked!
We skipped through this whole 'museum' in under 10 minutes and had to exit fairly quickly due to a fit of the giggles as we pondered whether this was the worst museum we had ever been to- it won that accolade by a country mile in our view. However we were on our way home after a 'good dinner' so admit we may have been influenced by our slightly giddy mood.
So why the 'excellent ' review? I have to say we have never enjoyed talking about a museum so much after visiting or reading the reviews of others which had us crying with laughter as they expressed disbelief, outrage and mirth.
Also, on reflection, we have to thank the museum curators for making us stop and ponder deep philosophical questions such as 'what is a museum'? Did Marin Drzic actually exist ? This purported 'home' and these 'possessions' had nothing to do with him so what was the point of the experience if not to question the nature of reality perhaps represented by the empty glass cases with little heaps of salt in them? (Salt tears or the sands of time?-now I really am getting carried away!)
On a serious note- if Marin Drzic is a significant Croatian cultural figure ( and on the information in the museum I have no way of telling) he is very poorly served by this exposition of his life.
However if a) it is free on your Dubrovnik card and b) you need a good laugh we would urge you to go!

2  Thank NickyLeeds
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