Museum of Broken Relationships

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Zagreb, Croatia

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb Reviews

odiseya odiseya
237 reviews
Unique Museum Feb 03, 2017
The Museum of Broken Relationships (Croatian: Muzej prekinutih veza) is a very unique museum in Zagreb. This is more collection and exhibit of failed love relationships. This exhibit include personal items left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. You could see and some films, precisely recorded stories.

It starts like travel exhibit and now is permanent collection/gallery/museum in Zagreb. The founders are two artists: Olinka Vištica, a film producer and Dražen Grubišić, a sculptor from Zagreb. They have idea to share its love story with world. They war together 4 years. When they decide to go separate ways an end in 2003, they decide to commemorate they love. People saw and loved and donate and now we can see museum or house full the left-over personal items.

Collection is very divers but set by categories: material remains (objects and documents like photographs, letters, and messages), virtual web museum part (for registered visitors of they site) and some kind of confessional part (visitors can go to museum and recorded their message).

All Items are carefully presented with dates and locations of the relationship, and annotations by their anonymous donors. All exhibit is bilingual (Croatian and English), translation is offered on more languages on desk.

I saw kids little car toy, more toys, cloth, a hatchet for sure drove attention. Lots of stories from region and world. I wonder if you had recognized some of items or stories!

It wars awarded the Kenneth Hudson Award for Europe's most innovative museum in 2011. It was for sure very different place, somehow poignant.

In not so big space you could find: exhibit, shop and cafe.

Opening hours for exhibit:

Summer (June 1st - September 30th): - Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Winter (October 1st - May 31st): -Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Closed on Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and All Saints' Day, on December 24th and 31st open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enter fee:

Adults: 25 kn

Pupils, students (full-time with ID), people with disabilities, seniors (65 and over): 20 kn

Available discount for groups of minimum 15 persons: 15 kn per person

Working hours for the Brokenships Café:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

They accept: DINERS, MASTER, VISA cards.

Observe and learn from other mistakes! Take care each other!
Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships
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davejo says:
First time i heard of a museum like this
Posted on: Feb 03, 2017
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great! Oct 18, 2011
This museum is not far from the Kaptol area and is clustered in an area which is well known for several museums, so you should find this place very easily. Entrance price was 20kn at the time of visiting, and worth the money in my opinion. They also have a café at one side which you can visit after your museum visit!

As the title suggests, the museum focuses on broken relationships. Angry and heartbroken people have sent in items that are a powerful relic of their broken relationship. Most of the exhibits seemed to come from nearby, or Ireland, America and the Philippines for some reason! Apart from the items, the stories that go alongside them are the most interesting. There were times when I laughed, empathised, felt very sad or very angry. Just a great emotional rollercoaster, and so wonderful to be able to get such an insight over such a broad network of relationships. The relationships are all focused on broken up boyfriend-girlfriend or husband-wife relationships.

The only weird thing about the place was the décor. The place just had a basement feel, as opposed to a polished and slightly starchy museum feel. It’s a minor point though. The exhibits and accompanying information were great though, and the amount was just right or I would probably have got bored.


I visited this museum as a joke or to be ironic, but I’m not ashamed to say that the laugh was on me. A very inspiring and lovely visit indeed. I’m very pleased I went and would recommend it to anyone very highly.
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abhmalat says:
Congrats on your feature! Although the name of your review sounds quite depressing, haha
Posted on: Oct 29, 2011
monky says:
Congrats on your this featured Vipin sounds interesting didnt know there could be a museum like this one!
Posted on: Oct 29, 2011
austin37335 says:
Hi Vipin, many congratulations on having this review featured today! :D
Posted on: Oct 29, 2011
WalterC WalterC
362 reviews
Very interesting and worth going Nov 27, 2011
I only knew about this place when Vipin’s review of it, was featured on TravBuddy, shortly before my trip to Croatia.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is basically what the name would suggest. A museum about relationships that went bad. Located at the top of the hill in the Gradec area, where you can reach by a funicular or walking up the steps. There is a large sign displayed outside, so it would not be hard to find.

Once inside, there are objects on display, with a story to each of them, telling the story of how the relationship ended. Some items included a bike, various items of clothing, and even some sex toys. These items came from all over the world, but majority of them seemed to have come from the Balkans.

And it was more than just relationships that went bad. There are objects, where the relationships ended either due to moving away or death. Some of them were sad, while others were either maddening or funny.

One particular item could symbolize this place, which is a letter in a glass, broken in pieces.

While the name of this place may sound like a joke, it is very much worth going to. And something to do at night, since the museum is open every day until 9pm.
museum entrance
what the museum is about
a bike
some objects on display
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Lunitari Lunitari
13 reviews
Unique experience (European Museum of the Year Award 2011) Jul 10, 2011
The Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza) was opened in Zagreb in 2010 and is one of a kind in the world. It was founded in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Drazen Grubišic after their own failed romance and allows contributions by individ­uals from all over the world nursing broken hearts; it includes everything from the predictable teddy bears to an axe. Part of the collection is on tour around the world (since 2006 and still travelling) and part is on the permanent display in Zagreb. The Museum won Kenneth Hudson Award at the European Museum of the Year Award 2011. This is an absolute must-see when visiting Zagreb.

Admission: 20Kn (approx 2,60 Euros).
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