Dubrovački muzeji


Children's Toys from the Croatian Heritage: a Touring exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum from Zagreb

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb.

The exhibits on show were made in the Croatian countryside in the period since the end of the 19th century.  Along with toys made by children using materials from nature, and those that were made for them by household members, on models from the surroundings, the most numerous part of the exhibition consists of toys made by the inhabitants of certain villages who worked in organised cooperatives for the market, like the children’s toys from the Prigorje village of Vidovci, from Hrvatsko zagorje and Zelovo in Dalmatinska zagora.

Three hundred toys from the collection of the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb are on show, mainly made out of wood or ceramics, pride of place going to toys from Hrvatsko zagorje, inscribed since 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, and still made in some villages even today.

The exhibition is accompanied by films shot in the villages of Hrvatsko zagorje and Prigorje, presenting the craftspeople and workshops involved in the toy-making industry.

In the museum, children are free to play with toys, draw and put together large puzzles.  Since 2013 the exhibition has made guest appearances in Lepoglava, Slavonski Brod, Osijek, Pazin, Virovitica, Velika Gorica, Livno, Požega and Šibenik. 

Exhibition created by dr. sc. Iris Biškupić Bašić
Exhibition associates: Jasminka Vujičić i Matija Dronjić
Dubrovnik exhibition curated by Barbara Margaretić