Abdevnor’s Room exhibits the cargo of a Roman merchant ship from the 4th c. that was shipwrecked on the northern coast of the island, at Duboka bay. Most of the cargo that was preserved is on display in the cellars of the palace, presented as it has been found by archaeologists on the seabed.
Dry-stone walls of Hvar island
Dry-stone wall structures are one of the main features of the eastern Adriatic coast’s landscape. This construction technique involves stacking stone on stone without binding, and the structures are, almost without exception, built with stone collected during the cleaning and preparation of the ground for planting or grazing. The art of dry-stone wall construction has been included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a multinational nomination. Dry-stone walls of Hvar island is an interactive installation designed to introduce lesser-known facts about dry-stone wall construction to visitors.
Pharos – Pharia – Stari Grad
Under the houses and streets of historical centre of Stari Grad numerous archaeological remains are hidden, bearing witness to the millennia of life in this area. It was here, in 384 BC, that Greeks from the Aegean island of Paros founded Pharos, today’s Stari Grad. This exhibition tells the story of the early history of this town, from prehistory to late antiquity.
Gelineo Bervaldi Salon
The 18th and 19th centuries were a time of prosperity in Stari Grad. There were two dominant layers of wealthy citizens who transformed Stari Grad in these centuries: landowners and shipowners/captains. The Gelineo Bervaldi Salon belonged to this prominent family of landowners.
The Captain’s Room evokes the brightest period of civic, revivalist Stari Grad in the second half of the 19th century, when the seamanship of Stari Grad was flourishing. It was the time of the large sailing ships in Stari Grad harbour, of different shipping, fishing and commercial operations of the people of Stari Grad and the rest of the islanders in the Mediterranean (Lampedusa, Tunisia, Portugal), and many foreign languages spoken on the Stari Grad waterfront.
Four Stari Grad artists of the 20th century
As if he foresaw his quick end, Juraj Plančić (Stari Grad, 1899 – Paris, 1930) feverishly painted numerous oils in the three years of his life in Paris. The sensuality of his women, the joy of sailors and fishermen intoxicated with wine, the vitality of fish, cats, dogs and chickens in the Arcadian landscapes, flowering almonds and bright blue and golden skies in no way reveal the real life drama of a young, literally hungry painter in Paris. The early return of Bartol Petrić (Stari Grad, 1899 – Split, 1974) to the Dalmatian province slowed the development of this gifted painter and directed him to colourful, somewhat conventional drawings of Dalmatian landscapes. His opus is still being investigated, but even now the Museum holds some of the most beautiful ever painted panoramas of Stari Grad. Pavo Dulčić (Stari Grad, 1947 – Split, 1974) was a leader of a group that in 1968 painted the Split Peristyle in red, which was the first conceptual artistic act in Dalmatia. Magda Dulčić (Stari Grad, 1965 – Stari Grad, 2016) was a freelance artist, animator, illustrator and comic book author. She is the first female comic book author in Croatia; she has also been involved in illustrating books and picture books and has been awarded at many of the world’s animated film festivals.