Dubrovnik Art Galleries

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

If you are on holiday in Dubrovnik and looking for something different to do, away from the more commercial attractions, consider visiting one or two of the city's excellent art galleries, such as the acclaimed Museum of Modern Art (Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti).

The aptly named Dubrovnik Art Gallery (Umjetnicka Galerija) is one of the best and contains a mixture of traditional and modern art. Dubrovnik has always been an inspiration for artists, with this gallery carrying on the tradition into the 21st century.

Dubrovnik Art Gallery (Umjetnicka Galerija)

Address: Ploce, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
This unassuming stone-built mansion originates from the 1930s and hosts paintings, sculptures and graphic art, as well as documenting the development of Croatian art from the late 19th century up to the present day. Independent exhibitions are set up for both Croatian and foreign contemporary artists, together with displays of thematic works of famous names in the art world.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge

Dominican Monastery Art Museum (Muzej Dominikanskog Samostana)

Address: Ulica Svetog Dominika 4, off Luza Square, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 321 423
Apart from being a lovely structure in itself and home to the city's Bell Tower, the 14th-century Dominican Monastery contains an art museum which displays unique paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as precious gold and silver religious artefacts, sculptures and ancient musical scores. The monastery's graceful arched late-Gothic cloister has tomb slabs embedded in its walls, while the Gothic-Renaissance architecture is another highlight, making the monastery appear more like a fortress. Those looking for the Dominican Monastery Art Museum will find it close to the Sponza Palace, being reached via the Ulica Svetog Dominika.
Open hours: daily, May to September - 09:00 to 18:00, October to April - 09:00 to 15:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

War Photo Limited

Address: Antuninska 6, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 322 166
This small gallery really is a must-see, as it features a constantly changing exhibition of images by the world's most famous photographic journalists in the field of war. The images, although not specific to the conflict after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, are a poignant and sobering reminder of the agony of those years. Each year War Photo Limited features three or four different themed exhibitions, often displaying the works of acclaimed international photographers.
Open hours: May and September, Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00; April and October, daily - 10:00 to 14:00
Admission: charge

Museum of Modern Art (Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti)

Address: Put Frana Supila 23, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 426 590
The Museum of Modern Art offers a wealth of contemporary pieces, created by local Croatian artists. As you admire the plentiful modern paintings, keep an eye out for the works by Vlaho Bukovac (1855 to 1922), a renowned Croatian painter born in the nearby town of Cavtat. The mansion itself is rather splendid, being built between the years of 1935 and 1939, under the guidance of acclaimed Croatian architects from that period. A number of places of interest are close by, such as the Lazareti Club and the Banje Beach.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 20:00, guided tours by prior agreement
Admission: charge, children and scholars are free

Ronald Brown Memorial House (Ronald Brown Spomen Doma)

Address: Drziceva Poljana, Dubrovnik, Croatia, HR
Tel: +385 020 323 172
US Trade Minister Ronald Brown met his tragic death along with his associates near the city in 1996. Situated next to the Rector's Palace, this house is his memorial from the Dubrovnik people and is home to a permanent display of many examples of fine 20th-century and contemporary art by major local artists Antun Masle, Duro Piltika and Ivo Dulcic. Don't miss the spectacular views of the cathedral, which really don't get much better.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge