Housed in the Neo-Renaissance palace on Roosevelt Square, the Mimara Museum displays art collected by Ante Topic Mimara, a private collector who spent most of his life in Austria, and donated over 3,500 pieces of priceless artwork to his native Zagreb.
“When the Museum is opened, my heart will be filled with enormous joy because the aim of my life will have been fulfilled, and my debt to my homeland and the Croatian people paid,” said Mimara on 31 December 1985.
The permanent exhibition was first opened to the public in 1987 and is organised by historical period, starting with ancient Egypt and Greece. Housed within its walls are masters like Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt, along with Degas and Manet.
The museum hosts frequent temporary exhibitions.