The Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj was founded on 7 July 1956 and was originally called the Town Museum – Sinj. As the Museum carried out its activities in the greater Sinj area and the scope of museum activities used to cover the territory of the then Sinj municipality, it changed its name to the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj in 1963. Since its foundation, the Museum has been located in the same building, the monumental building called Palacina, which forms a historical and architectural complex with the adjacent Kamičak fort. The complex was built in the early 18th century, and as a cultural monument under protection it has been inscribed in the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia. The Museum is a general-type museum according to its contents, and a regional museum according to the territorial scope of museum activities. The founder of the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj is the Split – Dalmatia County (Class: 023-03/94-01-64, Reg. No.: 532-03-3/1-94-03, Zagreb, 22 February 1994). The Museum has carried out museum activities pursuant to the Museums Act and other regulations, within the System of Museums of the Republic of Croatia as set out in the Ordinance on the Method and Criteria for Integration into the System of Museums of the Republic of Croatia.
The Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj represents the central place for researching and displaying the rich cultural-historical heritage of Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region. It holds the 12 varied collections: Archaeological Collection, Numismatic Collection, Cultural History Collection, Ethnographic Collection, Natural History Collection, Collection of Arms, Collection of Decorations, Medals and Plaques, Collection of Photographs and Photographic Equipment, Collection of Documents, Collection of Postcards, Collection of Posters and Art Collection. The Museum also holds a library for museum professional staff, which is open to external fellow professionals as well.
Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj
5 Andrije Kačića Miošića
Telephone: +385 (0)21 821 949
Telephone/Fax: +385 (0)21 821 569
Total area: 586,57 m2
Permanent display: 330 m2
Temporary exhibitions: 168,39 m2
Museum type: General
Territorial scope: Regional
Founder: Split-Dalmatia County
Founded in: 1956
Museum Director: Anita Librenjak
The mission of the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj is to preserve, protect, display and interpret archaeological, numismatic, natural history, ethnographic, art, cultural history and other material of monumental and museum value from the area of Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region.
The primary objective of the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj is to systematically collect, preserve, maintain, arrange, restore, conserve and permanently protect museum material, but also to study and scientifically interpret movable and immovable cultural heritage – objects, documents and buildings of certain monumental and museum value to the history and development of Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region. One of its main objectives is to promote publishing activities through the publication of research and exhibition catalogues, guides and professional and scientific publications on museum material and documentation relating to Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region. The Museum's objective is also to keep a card index and photographic archive as well as other museum-related documentation, systematically collect, preserve and interpret the library's contents indispensable for the professional and scientific work of museum staff, prepare and organise permanent and temporary exhibitions, both independently and in collaboration with other museums and institutions from Croatia and abroad, care for its own institutional records, promote the museum profession through cooperation with schools and other institutions as well as all those interested, in line with the Code of Ethics for Museums. It is very important to carry out systematic archaeological fieldwork through collaboration with scientific institutions and collect material in order to protect it and preserve it. The vision of the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj is based on the sustainable and systematic research of cultural heritage, with the aim of making the Museum the central place for creating a database of museum material and museum documentation relating to the cultural heritage of Sinj and the Cetinska Krajina Region.
Permanent displays in the Museum of the Cetinska Krajina Region – Sinj are archaeological and art. Stone monuments from different periods are on display in the lapidarium in the open and on the ground floor of the Museum. Some of the most notable exhibits include ancient monuments, represented by parts of architectural decoration, funerary monuments (stelae, votive altars dedicated to Roman deities) and figural sculptures, the most prominent of which are the statues of the Roman goddesses Roma and Fortuna from Čitluk, ancient Aequum. Precious stone monuments also include the 1st-century stelae from Ruduša, inscribed with Illyrian names and bearing specific decorative motifs. Of special significance is a pluteus, part of an altar partition, found at Gala, whose striking design and ornamental motifs in the form of closed concentric circles make it a unique example of Late Antique sculpture in the hinterland of Roman Dalmatia at the turn of the 6th and 7th centuries.
Anita Librenjak, Archaeologist and Art Historian
Vedrana Gunjača Gašparac, Art History Professor and Archaeologist
Daria Domazet, History Professor and Archaeologist
Danijela Petričević Banović, dArchaeologist and History Professor