The Tower - Museum of Lošinj

Freestanding circular Tower in the centre of Veli Lošinj was built in the 15th century, during the first decades of Venetian domination over the eastern Adriatic coast. With thick walls, small openings, and a relatively low in height to withstand cannon fire from the enemy ships, it was defending the inhabitants of Veli Lošinj against pirate raids. 
About Tower
Battlement was renovated several times (in 1774 and 1911), therefore, it has not preserved the original shape. Once a dominant building in the city harbour, at the beginning of the 19th  century it loses its military significance and acquires a symbolic one. The Tower appears on the coat of arms of a newly established municipality of Veli Lošinj. After two centuries of decay, it was thoroughly restored from 1997 to 2000 with new wooden construction between floors, wooden stairs and the roof. Eventually, the Tower was established as a museum and a gallery.
Since its opening as the Tower Museum-Gallery in 2001, this valuable cultural monument has again become a significant part of the life of Veli Lošinj.

About the permanent exhibition
Permanent exhibition can be seen on the three floors of the Tower (ground floor, the 1st, and the 2nd  floor), conceived as a combination of a thematic presentation and chronological sequence. The most important segments of life of Veli Lošinj and its immediate vicinity surroundings together with the southern part of the island of Lošinj have been presented, covering the period from prehistory to the present day with particular emphasis on glorious maritime tradition and tourism. A special place in the permanent exhibition has been given to Apoxiomenos, a bronze sculpture of worldwide significance discovered in the waters of Veli Lošinj in 1999.
The concept of the permanent exhibition of the Tower Museum-Gallery was conceived by the staff and consultants of the Museum and Gallery Department of the Adult Education Centre of Mali Lošinj in 1997. The authors of the exhibition project and texts of the permanent display are Julijano Sokolić and Jasminka Ćus-Rukonić, and the artistic layout was designed by Zlatko Kauzlarić-Atač, Ivana Žiljak, and Miro Gavez. It was officially opened to public in 2001.

About the Tower Gallery
The Tower Gallery is placed located on the third floor of the Tower, small in size but with unique atmosphere. Since the opening in 2001 many artists have already exhibited here in it – local artists who are bound to Veli Lošinj with their life and work (Nenad Levinger) or to the island of Lošinj in general (Iva Valentić, Ivo Magazzin), renowned Croatian contemporary artists (Zlatko Kauzlarić Atač, Ante Kuduz, Nives Kavurić Kurtović, Đuro Seder, Peruško Bogdanić, Mihovil Depope, Šime Perić, Bojan Šumoja, and others) and foreign authors (Ivo Prančić). Beside art exhibitions, there are occasional certain museum exhibitions on local cultural and historical inheritance (Pre-Roman and Early Roman Sculpture on Cres and Lošinj, Old postcards of Veli Lošinj from the collection of Dr. Goran Ivanišević from Zagreb, Dr. Ana Jakša (1896 – 1988) - children's friend and others). The Tower Gallery was listed as a reputable Croatian gallery in 2008.

 

WORKING HOURS:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, Sunday: Closed

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