The Museum of Divorces opened in the beautiful Baroque palace in the Upper Town of Zagreb, a tourist-favorite historical part of the Croatian capital.
The unusual institution came about because of one parting – the life paths of Zagreb artists Olinka Vištica and her friend Dražen Grubišić did not come together.
The couple decided to keep the memory of good times by putting together a collection of things that seemed important during their love story. And then the collection was supplemented with items from all over the world.
The museum has a Brokenships cafe and a souvenir store, where you can mix up the bitterness of a breakup with chocolate, soothe yourself with an anti-stress pencil, or dress up by buying a T-shirt with a picture of broken glass on it.
What to see
The museum’s exhibit consists of items given by different people after their relationship ended. Near each exhibit there is a small plaque with a number indicating the duration of the romantic period and a brief love story. For example, the white rabbit was a symbol of a couple of travelers: the girl and the guy took the toy on trips and took pictures with it in different countries. The guys broke up, and the rabbit settled in Zagreb forever.
Another interesting exhibit is the shards of a letter. The two from San Francisco broke up over e-mail, and the girl decided to get rid of all the letters in her mailbox. She wrote the last symbolic message with a pen on paper, taped the sheet to a mirror and smashed it. The shards are now stored in a glass jar.
Also on display: a Frisbee, a silly anniversary gift that became the last straw in a relationship; a watch with the Skype logo – the couple met (and broke up) with its help; an axe that destroyed the ex’s furniture in a fit of rage…
Address: Zagreb, Cirilometodska, 2. Web site.
Opening hours: June 1 to September 30: 9:00-22:30; October 1 to May 31: 9:00-21:00. Admission: 40 HRK. Prices on the page are for March 2019.