An atypical Museum experience in Zagreb

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Failed relationships and their ruins

 “Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator….(there is) no amorous oblation without a final theatre”.  – Roland Barthe in A Lover’s Discourse


A Caterpillar Timunaki

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(next to the exhibit): I had this big love, a long-distance relationship, Sarajevo – Zagreb. It lasted for 20 months. Of course, we dreamt of a life together and with that in mind, I bought this huge caterpillar. Every time we would see each other, we would break off one leg. When we ran out of legs to tear, that would be the time to start a life together. But, naturally, as is often the case with great loves, the relationship broke and so the caterpillar did not become a complete invalid after all.

This was one of the exhibits I saw first when I entered the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. We only had a few hours to kill in the city before driving down to Ljubljana. We decided to walk about the Ban Jelačić Square, taking in the sights, watching the people thronging about, feeling the summer buzz in the air. And then my husband and daughter went off to another lively square to enjoy street performances and ice-cream while I headed to this unusual museum.

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The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a travelling exhibition. It offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum’s collection. People embraced the idea of exhibiting their emotional legacy as a sort of ritual, a solemn ceremony.

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Fun Facts

Total number of exhibits in the collection: Between 1619 to 1700


The country most represented in the collection: USA


Donors’ Male- Female ratio: 35: 65%


The only replica exhibited: A mould of an ecstasy pill donated in Amsterdam (the original couldn’t be exhibited due to strict Croatian laws)

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Walk everywhere in the central area of the city

To reach the museum, I had taken a right turn on Tomićeva Street, and saw this adorable funicular. I discovered that this is the shortest cable car in the world. It has been transporting people between the Upper and Lower towns for about 120 years. Seemed like something that my daughter would have enjoyed!

Zagreb street artI took the stairs and then crossed an underpass to reach the Upper town. Street art all over that underpass.


Ipad select 003 (2)St. Marks Church in the Upper town. This is a picturesque area to stroll around.

Another area to explore is the pedestrian-only Tkalčićeva Street, a beautiful street lined with restaurants, cafes and small boutiques. A river flowed here that separated the districts of Kaptol and Gradec. At the end of the 19th century, because of the pollution, the river was filled in and converted into streets.

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Something old
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Something new

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Food in Zagreb

Mali Bar serves good fusion food.

We had a delicious breakfast at Otto & Frank on Tkalčićeva Street. This sumptuous breakfast served us well before we got on driving to Plitvice national park.

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Author: zestinatote

Hi! I am Shweta, the zest behind this blog . I play several roles – parent to a 6-year old, adventure enthusiast, travel blogger, generally open to trying out new things in life. Besides travel, I love books and theatre and art. I would love to hear from you; do drop a comment. Join me on Instagram / Twitter @zestinatote.

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