Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

The Governor’s Palace Collection

Head: Tamara Mataija, curator

The Governor’s Palace Collection is a collection that gathers together, preserves and presents material which documents the emergence, construction, the everyday and official life in the palace in which the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka has been situated since 1947. The palace was built in 1896 for the needs of the royal governors by Hungarian architect Alajos Hauszmann. With a decision by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia the Governor’s Palace was declared an immovable cultural monument under official protection. The collection was formed in 1965. In total there are 314 items which have been inventoried and entered into the M++ computer database.
The collection has been organised into three units. The first unit includes the architecture or immovable parts and in it are gathered items which document the urban and architectural planning and construction of the building itself, photography and other items which document the appearance of the building over time, then photography and similar documents of the architectural plastics of the exterior and interior, documents of the architectural interventions and interventions on the immovable parts until it became the centre of the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral.
The second unit consists of equipment and movable parts, meaning items which were originally part of the ambience of the Governor’s Palace (lighting, furniture, small items etc.)
The third unit consists of documents which speak of the everyday life of the palace in regards to the people who lived and worked in it.
One part of the collection is exhibited in the permanent display. The remaining items are protected by acid-free materials and are preserved in the depots under controlled micro-climate conditions. The items from the collection are important as a comprehensive (taste, culture, political power…) testimony of a snapshot in time.