Museum of Croatian War of Independence (Homeland War Museum) Tours
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Housed in a wing of the battle-scarred Napoleonic Fort Imperial, this museum—also known as the Homeland War Museum—honors the soldiers and civilians killed in the Croatian War of Independence and siege of Dubrovnik in the early 1990s. Its location atop Mount Srđ affords dramatic views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea.
During the war, Croatian troops found refuge at the fort, which was itself the scene of fierce fighting; its stone walls are pockmarked with bullet holes and fire damage. Inside the stark interior, four hard-hitting exhibitions on the Croatian War of Independence and related Balkan conflicts feature TV news reels, recorded interviews with eyewitnesses, war maps, weaponry, and a collection of war photographs. The aftermath and regional recovery also are covered.
A large stone cross and a memorial plaque bearing the names of soldiers who died defending Dubrovnik both are located nearby. After visiting the museum, climb to the top of the fort for views over the red roofs and ancient city walls of Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum just offshore.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most displays are well-labeled in English.
- Several exhibits contain graphic wartime images that may be upsetting for some visitors, especially children.
- Reduced admission prices are offered for children’s tickets.
- The museum is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
The museum is located at the top of the cable car up Mount Srđ and also can be reached by a steep hiking path requiring a moderate fitness level. The lower cable car station is five minutes from the Buža Street exit of the city walls.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from morning to late afternoon, with extended hours from late March to early November.
From the Top of Mount Srđ
Mount Srđ, which towers over the ancient city from the northeast, offers the best views in Dubrovnik and makes a popular nature escape just outside the old city walls. Hiking trails give different perspectives on the Adriatic coastline, while guided off-road all-terrain vehicle safaris venture further afield into the forested Dalmatian countryside.
Address: Fort Imperial, Mount Srđ, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia 20000, Croatia
Admission: Adults 30 KN
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Museum of Croatian War of Independence (Homeland War Museum)
Explore the area outside of Dubrovnik in a fun and exciting buggy on this 3-hour buggy tour. First, ride to the top of Mt Srđ and stop to gawk at the incredible views of Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-World-Heritage listed Old Town and the blue Adriatic Sea. Then, with your guide, climb into the four-seater buggy and get ready for an action-packed ride through the countryside. Cruise through coniferous forests and past bucolic villages. Then go back to the top of Mt. Srđ for the cable car ride back down to Old Town again.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Accompanied by local tour guide and history professor, you'll visit 2 modern history museums, ride to the top of the Mount Srđ and dive into the events that we still feel and see today. The first stop is the Red History Museum (no. 1 museum in Croatia according to TripAdvisor). Its interactive and creative exhibition was founded by a team of young local designers, historians, journalists, photographers, and archeologists, and was supported by people all over Croatia who donated various items, photographs, and even their own life stories from this period. After a panoramic ride, you'll get to the top of Mount Srđ, which offers the best view of the city. On this strategic location, which was protected by defenders of Dubrovnik during the war in the early 1990s, you’ll hear more stories from those turbulent times in Homeland War Museum, located in the old Fort Imperial on top of the hill. After some photo time, the tour ends with a return drive back to the city.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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