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: firstname.lastname@example.org