Galerija Mestrovic
Galerija Mestrovic
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Galerija Meštrović houses the masterpieces of Ivan Meštrović carved in marble, bronze and wood. The house was built based on Meštrović's design (1931 - 1939), and was intended to be his family summer residence, working studio and exhibition space. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden which, with its bronze sculptures and the view of the sea and of central Dalmatian islands makes a unique example of landscape architecture.
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  • Giulio
    Leeds, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    We found the artist’s life really interesting and his sculptures were stunning and different. The villa is magnificent and a great gift back to the artist’s country. The little chapel as well was fascinating with the artist’s wood work. We also visited during the hot hours of the day after spending the morning at the beach near by the museum. There are plans to creat a coffee bar, water fountains and a creating art class.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • elderly traveler
    Weymouth, Massachusetts257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great consideration of Job
    Meštrović was a great artist, but his best work is elsewhere. The venue is spectacular with several sculptures in a huge lawn. As with most museums in Split, this one is lightly attended. The ratio of people partying to those in museums is a zillion to one. I particularly like the sculpture of Job in the museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
  • artsman
    Brighton, United Kingdom336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a detour if you are interested in 20th century sculpture and an interesting life and career
    I hadn't heard of this guy but he was a man with an international reputation who had great success in his lifetime. He produced public art in the USA where he taught. During WW2 he fell foul of the Croatian Fascists and suffered greatly. In addition to the villa/ museum he installed wood relief carvings depicting the life of Christ. Worth a detour if you are interested in sculpture in the first half of the 20th century. The museum overlooks the sea and accessible beaches are nearby.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 May 2024
  • dominique C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go. It’s Amazing
    Mestrovic’s sculptures are jawdropping and leave you feeling emotional. The villa and the chapel, with its views, the wooden reliefs, the grounds were spectacular. I don’t understand how this place isn’t a must see for any art lover. It was my own, personal Ultra
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2024
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Adriana M
Syracuse, NY168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This ended up being an unexpected and very special experience. We went on a whim and it ended being a favorite of ours. The grounds themselves are beautiful and offer great views of the sea. The sculptures are beautiful and help you understand who Ivan was while he was sculpting. We even found out that he was a professor in our hometown of Syracuse NY and that was very cool to learn. Ivan was influenced heavily by August Rodin so fans of him will like Ivan's work.
Written 25 October 2021
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Giulio
Leeds, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found the artist’s life really interesting and his sculptures were stunning and different. The villa is magnificent and a great gift back to the artist’s country. The little chapel as well was fascinating with the artist’s wood work.

We also visited during the hot hours of the day after spending the morning at the beach near by the museum. There are plans to creat a coffee bar, water fountains and a creating art class.
Written 9 September 2023
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elderly traveler
Weymouth, MA257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Meštrović was a great artist, but his best work is elsewhere. The venue is spectacular with several sculptures in a huge lawn. As with most museums in Split, this one is lightly attended. The ratio of people partying to those in museums is a zillion to one. I particularly like the sculpture of Job in the museum.
Written 8 May 2024
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artsman
Brighton, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I hadn't heard of this guy but he was a man with an international reputation who had great success in his lifetime. He produced public art in the USA where he taught. During WW2 he fell foul of the Croatian Fascists and suffered greatly. In addition to the villa/ museum he installed wood relief carvings depicting the life of Christ.
Worth a detour if you are interested in sculpture in the first half of the 20th century.
The museum overlooks the sea and accessible beaches are nearby.
Written 14 May 2024
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dominique C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Mestrovic’s sculptures are jawdropping and leave you feeling emotional. The villa and the chapel, with its views, the wooden reliefs, the grounds were spectacular. I don’t understand how this place isn’t a must see for any art lover. It was my own, personal Ultra
Written 14 July 2024
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John C
337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Very exciting and emotional experience.
Little Job is just wonderful!
I understand from expression of sculpture that he is Job,
even before I read title.
Polite staff member, who can give you good explanations.
Mestrovič is sculptor N1 for me.
Written 19 June 2021
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Before going, you want to check to make sure the gallery will be open.

If you walk, you will probably need 45-50 minutes to reach the Gallery from Diocletian’s Palace (as an example of a starting point). It is a pleasant walk, although slightly uphill at the end. If the temperature and humidity are oppressive you may want to consider public transportation. I am no help there, since I walked in May when the weather was very pleasant.

However, you get there, if you appreciate art and artists, the trip will be well worth your time. His work (mostly bronze and marble statues) is remarkable. You can anticipate perhaps 1 hour in the gallery. After that you will want to take the 10-minute walk down and across the road to visit his chapel, which includes a lovely courtyard and large wood bas-relief carvings Mestrovic created to line the walls of his chapel. The walk to the chapel and your time there will probably take around 45 minutes total. So, with the walk to the gallery, time at the gallery and time at the chapel, you can probably count on 3 hours total.

If you are adventuresome, we followed the shoreline from the chapel back into Split. It was about an hour walk back, but it was a pleasant surprise on a beautiful day. The path first passes through a small park with a public ocean swimming area, then past an Olympic swimming facility, through more park and then to the Split Marina. The views of Split from the marina are spectacular.

I honestly had never heard of Ivan Meštrović prior to our 3-week trip through Croatia, but, having now been there, I have a true appreciation for the man’s art and his importance to the country of Croatia. Although the Gallery and Chapel are the places to see the largest collections of his work, other works are literally found throughout the country. So, if you plan to travel elsewhere in Croatia beyond Split, stay alert for his name and his works.
Written 7 August 2019
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LejlaH
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
when we visited the gallery it was empty and we felt like owning the place. the sculptures are amazing. after spending the time in gallery we just set on the steps and enjoyed spring sun and the sea view and gardens. Tickets are 30 kunas per person, which is approximately 8 EUR.
Written 7 March 2013
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Maja J
Split, Croatia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Makes you feel small and astonished ... The fact that the museum was also his home, says a lot, for itself!
Written 27 January 2012
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maggic
Whangarei, New Zealand147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
everyone who visits split sees the diocletian palace and the waterfront but a must do is to walk around the waterfront below the marjan hill to the mestrovich gallery. the location is superb and the sculptures in the garden and inside are truly stunning. stop for a coffee in the cafe on the lawn and soak it all in. worth a half day. if feeling energetic climb marjan hill for stunning view of split.
Written 8 August 2011
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