The Istrian, Rijeka and Dalmatian Civilization Museum

Via Torino, 8 - Trieste
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    Type: Artistic , Museum of society , Historic
  • Tickets: Full price 6 € / Reduced-price 4 €
  • Opening hours: Open the website
  • Parking: pay-parking in the surrounding area


Through its 11 rooms the museum lays out a path of great moral value for the message it comunicates. The aim of the museum is to pass on the history, traditions, way of life and economy of Istria, Fiume (Rijeka) and Dalmatia from prehistory through to the peace treaties of 1947. These lands, initially Italian, at that moment became Yugoslav and most of Italian-speaking population chose to pursue their lives elsewhere, taking with them as much as possible.
The second floor is devoted to the historical reconstruction of these historical events through video and multimedia which provide additional strength to the objects that testify to this exodus and exile.


An ideal continuation of the visit to the museum is "Magazzino 18", a large space located in Porto Vecchio, where the refugees' possessions were kept after the exodus, until they found their final accommodation. Some of them, however, never came to collect these possessions including furniture and objects from everyday life that have become a memorial that can stir up strong emotions. One passes along narrow corridors surrounded by furniture stacked inside a warehouse in disuse and thus not a real museum. For this reason one can access it only by following one of the regular guided tours several times a year. For information, contact the museum site.

Not to be missed

1. The symbol of Istria is the little goat discovered by Pietro Kandler; It is a bronze of Greek production coming from Piran, and was made between the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 4th century B.C.;
2. Ornaments of the headwear typical of a bride Dignano (Vodnjan) (the novissa);
3. Possessions abandoned by exiles at warehouses in Trieste. At the museum you can see a selection of furniture and everyday objects that are kept in large quantities at Magazzino 18 in the Porto Vecchio.


  • Guided visit languages: Italian
  • Tour languages: Italian
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Library
  • Bookshop
  • Conference room
  • Free WiFi
  • Disabled access
  • Relax area
  • Toilets


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