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Register of museums and collections belonging to religious communities

The Register of museums, Collections and Treasuries Belonging to Religious Communities was created as a result of the collection of information between 1996 and 2002. The information was collected from various sources, and we shall list only the most important ones.
  • Information gathered through two surveys carried out by the MDC in 1997-1998 and in 2001. In carrying out the survey we were assisted by the Croatian Bishops' Conference, and the questionnaire was delivered to every parish and monastery.
  • The report for each treated unit in the counties of Osijek and Baranja and Vukovar and Srijem, the study of the state of church treasures, MDC, Zagreb, 1996.
  • Report: The City of Zagreb, Collections Owned by Religious Communities, MDC, Zagreb, May 1997.
  • Registration of moveable cultural monuments carried out by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, The Administration for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage and its commissions.
  • Applications for inclusion in the Register of Museums by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.
  • Catalogues, brochures, literature…


In order to draw up the Register, a questionnaire and a form were created so that the information would be structured. The collected data was published in the Informatica museologica 32 (3-4) 2001.

We are aware of the shortcomings of the Register of Museums, Collections and Treasuries Belonging to Religious Communities: the descriptions of the collections are not balanced; they are at times too detailed, and sometimes brief and insufficient, depending on the information available; the terminology is not unified; the criteria for including collections in our register are also not defined to a sufficient extent. The Register should not be taken as a finished work. Some units will disappear from it, while others will be added.

The Register has not been completed, but it is, as far as we know, the only such record in Croatia. It should be taken as a work in progress.