Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, occupies a favored location on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. For more than 2,000 years, the port has attracted sailors, ships, and seaborne commerce. The Dubrovnik Maritime Museum presents the city’s rich maritime history with a fine collection of artifacts, oil paintings, ship models, charts, and documents. English-speaking visitors will appreciate the translations that accompany Croatian text on exhibit labels.
The museum occupies two floors in Fort St. John, a stone structure that dominates the harbor. Its vaulted galleries follow the gracefully curved stone walls and are clean, spacious, and inviting. Through windows in the ten-foot-thick walls, visitors can enjoy excellent views of the city, harbor, and turquoise Adriatic. The museum also offers a relaxing respite from crowded Old Town, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage site.
The well-organized exhibits are grouped by historical period. Artifacts from the earliest centuries of Dubrovnik’s history show the importance of the city as a center of maritime trade.