Museum of Broken Relationships

I have visited nice amount of museums in my life so far. Being a fan of history I spent hours and hours in museums in different cities, listening to different stories. Some of those stories were boring, some sad, some probably not even true. But the truth is I have forgotten most of those stories soon after.

I stood in the line to get into Versailles for hours, I spent the whole day in Natural History Museum in London, I was trying to understand the Islamic history in David collection museum in Copenhagen, I was enchanted and outraged at the same time because of all that gold in Vatican museums.

And then, there is that one little museum that I’ve visited three or four times already. And to where I take every single foreign friend that comes to visit me.

Where you ask. To museum of love. Or more accurate to Museum of Broken Relationships. Located in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is one of two museums in the world. The second one is located on the other side of the ocean in Los Angeles. It’s constantly changing museum, and I love the sentence about them: “It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose.” Yes, I am one of those over romantic people.

During refugees crisis, I discovered this story about my country:

Love spelling (2013, from Pakistan)

You are Slovenia, the only country in the world in which LOVE comes in the spelling, but when I was in trouble, when I was saving my soul, when your forest became jungle to me, when I was losing my hopes and feet nails, your country police caught me, returned me back to Croatia, they didn’t pay attention to my asylum request. Today I am breaking relations from your false Love spelling.

And here is part of another story that I love.

… Love at first sight. Unmistakable. But after passion – a lot of tears, jealousy, unpleasant fights. When does love die? Why do we accept situations in our life which we know don’t suit us, situations we don’t desire? …

We all have some stuff somewhere. Hidden trash that once was called love. You know, a sheet of paper on which our high school love wrote us a fairytale and made us a princess, or a lightener from that guy, who was the biggest poison-of-a-man that we have ever met.

Oh, that sweet sad love!

Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project conceived by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006 and it’s something you just must check out when you visit Zagreb!

Address and additional information:

Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000 Zagreb

  • Summer (June 1st – September 30th): Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Winter (October 1st – May 31st): Every day from: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 01 4851 021
  • Email: info@brokenships.com

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15 thoughts on “Museum of Broken Relationships

  1. Yes! Thanks for sharing this! I visited this museum in Zagreb back in May and absolutely loved it. It was such a unique place to visit!

  2. A museum unlike any we have ever visited. Collected artifacts are provided by people across the globe and used to record their feelings after the end of a relationship. Many are heartbreaking.

  3. Such meaningful words! Learnt something intreseting about Slovenia :). Hope to visit this museum one day!
    Happy travelling 🙂

  4. What a great idea for a museum! No doubt we’d all find something in there that we can relate to. Have you been to both locations? Just wondering how they differ.

  5. This is so sad! I’m not sure if I’d want to visit a museum, which makes me feel unhappy after the visit. Do you like it because it is unique, or do you like to explore stories, or is there some other reason?

  6. I volunteered at the Juliet’s Club, and you don’t know how many times I read and replied to heartbroken relationships…
    Some of them are memories I won’t ever forget, and some of them really got me like the first you posted.
    People are people, they aren’t number nor robots… It’s nice to embrace all the emotions we have ♥

  7. What an unique museum! Those excerpts you included are fascinating and poignant. Broken relationships are such a major part of everyone’s life, and it makes so much sense to have a museum about it!

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