Galerija Mestrovic
Galerija Mestrovic
4.5
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
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Galerija Meštrović houses the masterpieces of Ivan Meštrović carved in marble, bronze and wood. The house was built based on Meštrović's design (1931 - 1939), and was intended to be his family summer residence, working studio and exhibition space. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden which, with its bronze sculptures and the view of the sea and of central Dalmatian islands makes a unique example of landscape architecture.
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  • Giulio
    Leeds, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    We found the artist’s life really interesting and his sculptures were stunning and different. The villa is magnificent and a great gift back to the artist’s country. The little chapel as well was fascinating with the artist’s wood work. We also visited during the hot hours of the day after spending the morning at the beach near by the museum. There are plans to creat a coffee bar, water fountains and a creating art class.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • elderly traveler
    Weymouth, Massachusetts257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great consideration of Job
    Meštrović was a great artist, but his best work is elsewhere. The venue is spectacular with several sculptures in a huge lawn. As with most museums in Split, this one is lightly attended. The ratio of people partying to those in museums is a zillion to one. I particularly like the sculpture of Job in the museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
  • artsman
    Brighton, United Kingdom336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a detour if you are interested in 20th century sculpture and an interesting life and career
    I hadn't heard of this guy but he was a man with an international reputation who had great success in his lifetime. He produced public art in the USA where he taught. During WW2 he fell foul of the Croatian Fascists and suffered greatly. In addition to the villa/ museum he installed wood relief carvings depicting the life of Christ. Worth a detour if you are interested in sculpture in the first half of the 20th century. The museum overlooks the sea and accessible beaches are nearby.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 May 2024
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artsman
Brighton, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I hadn't heard of this guy but he was a man with an international reputation who had great success in his lifetime. He produced public art in the USA where he taught. During WW2 he fell foul of the Croatian Fascists and suffered greatly. In addition to the villa/ museum he installed wood relief carvings depicting the life of Christ.
Worth a detour if you are interested in sculpture in the first half of the 20th century.
The museum overlooks the sea and accessible beaches are nearby.
Written 14 May 2024
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elderly traveler
Weymouth, MA257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Meštrović was a great artist, but his best work is elsewhere. The venue is spectacular with several sculptures in a huge lawn. As with most museums in Split, this one is lightly attended. The ratio of people partying to those in museums is a zillion to one. I particularly like the sculpture of Job in the museum.
Written 8 May 2024
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Giulio
Leeds, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found the artist’s life really interesting and his sculptures were stunning and different. The villa is magnificent and a great gift back to the artist’s country. The little chapel as well was fascinating with the artist’s wood work.

We also visited during the hot hours of the day after spending the morning at the beach near by the museum. There are plans to creat a coffee bar, water fountains and a creating art class.
Written 9 September 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,625 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Ivan Mestrovic, the Croatian Michelangelo, is Croatia’s greatest sculptor, whose works are visible in every corner of the city - Grgur Ninski and Marko Marulic are among his most well-known.

His gallery is an art museum founded in 1952 and dedicated to the work of this 20th century sculptor and is located on the south slopes of Marjan hill.
The Ivan Mestrovic Gallery is one of the most famous art museums in Split dedicated to this 20th century sculptor. The gallery itself is a monument of art in addition to showcasing a number of significant works by Mestrovic.

The land where the gallery stands was purchased by the sculptor in the 1920s who then got two famous architects, Lavoslav Horvat and Harold Bilinic to design and build his summer home. Mestrovic used it as a summer home, studio and exhibit space until 1941 when he left for Zagreb. In 1952, he donated the property along with his art collection to the state following which the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery was founded.

The gallery is home to around 192 sculptures, 580 drawings, several architectural plans and paintings by Mestrovic in addition to 2 furniture sets. Many of Mestrovic’s work in bronze, marble, stone and wood are among the permanent exhibits that cover two floors of the building. Another interesting location is the outdoor sculpture park. Some of the interesting exhibits include a number of religious works.

The west wing has many of the artist’s works from the secession period while the east wing is dedicated to sculptures made between WWI and WWII. In addition, the gallery features an extensive collection of documentation that includes films, photos, articles, and manuscripts related to Mestrovic’s life and work.

The gallery building and grounds were based on original plans by Meštrović himself, and included living and working areas, as well as exhibition spaces.
Ivan Meštrović had planned the villa primarily as a family home and working studio, so the conversion into a complete museum space required some modification, while still retaining the original character of the halls and rooms.

On our visit to the Mestrovic Gallery, our ticket included a stop at Kastelet, a 16th century restored chapel that houses a set of wooden wall panels carved by Ivan Meštrović - 28 wooden reliefs are displayed here. It is located about a 10 minute walk down the road on the water side. A worthwhile detour before heading back into town.
Written 30 July 2023
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Ella
Kokkola, Finland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful big garden/yard, many amazing statues inside and outside. Peacefully place.

Would recommend visiting here!
Written 16 June 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very nice museum. The exhibit was not as large as I'd imagined yet it's a good collection of his work.
Written 18 April 2023
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Imperium66
Torquay, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I visited here out of curiosity. I wanted to see more of the work of the man whose huge statue of Gregory of Nin gets photographed by every single tourist in Split - invariably touching his foot. I was so impressed by this gallery that I've visited other places in Croatia just to see more of Mestrovic's work.
Since it was out of season, I was fortunate to be there with only three other visitors. The curator offered to put my rucksack on one side so that I didn't have to carry it around the gallery.
The gallery is on two floors and must be accessible as one of the other visitors was in a wheelchair. However, I'd recommend checking first as there are a lot of steps outside.
There's an awesome variety of Mestrovic's statues and a silent film plays on a loop upstairs giving more information about the artist and showing some of his other work from around the world.
Remarkably Mestrovic worked with so many different media - clay, wood, plaster, stone, marble etc. Some of his work reflects the period it was made and many are extremely emotive.
I had a long talk with the curator who was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about Mestrovic from him. My thanks to him for giving me so much of his time.
Written 28 December 2022
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Springfield294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The gallery is small, and the garden is small either. Most of the sculptures are in the building, not in the garden. Some of the sculptures are nice but nothing is really impressive.
Written 4 September 2022
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Holly M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Beautiful location, amazing view, great art pieces and a place to relax and enjoy, close to Marjan hill and beautiful beaches
Written 2 July 2022
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Steve F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great place, home of one of the greatest artist with his amazing artworks! Definitely recommend to visit!
Written 30 June 2022
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