Pazin Castle

Inside the castle

In Pazin`s castle You can visit two museum, they are settled in 3 levels: ground floor, first floor and second floor.

ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM OF ISTRIA - The museum contains holdings of 7 500 ethnographic artefacts of textile, agricultural tools and objects of everyday life in Istrian villages from the end of the XIX and beginning of the XX century (pottery, carpentery, blacksmith objects and objects of traditional handicrafts). There is also a large collection of souvenirs.

In the ground floor of the castle, is where the carpenters and blacksmiths workshop is. You can see different tools, blacksmiths furnace and many objects in blacksmith workshop.
On the second floor there are, besides rooms with permanent exhibition, rooms for the periodical exhibitions. The permanent exhibition offers a look at the Croatian traditional clothes of the all regions of Istria and traditional clothes from city of Peroj (traditional clothes of people that came from Crmnička Nahija in Montenegro) and city of Vodnjan (Italian women traditional clothes). You can also see traditional cuisine with fireplace, inventory and dishes, objects of traditional farming with agricultural tools and objects connected  with production of vine and oil in Istria.

PAZIN TOWN MUSEUM was founded in 1996, when the Cultural and Historical Collection was separated from the holdings of the Ethnographic Museum of Istria. Task of this institution is collection, preservation, presentation, professional and scientific processing and publishing of cultural, historical and artistic heritage of central Istria and gallery activity. The museum's permanent exhibition consists of four sections: Pazin and its Surroundings from Prehistory to the Early Middle Age, The Castle of Pazin and the Serf's Uprisings of the 15th and 16th Centuries, The Collection of Church Bells and The Exhibition of the life and work of Juraj (Giorgio) Dobrila.

Permanent exhibition of Ethnographic museum of Istria

The main preoccupation in ethnology, until recently, was cultural ways of past everyday rural life. That kind of approach is visible in the Ethnographic Museum's permanent exhibition. The Croatian people in Istria were more identified with simple, rustic and archaic aspects of life than, for example, the culture of Italian habitants in Istria. That is one of the reasons why Croatian rural culture in Istria is more represented in permanent exhibition. The main emphasis of the permanent exhibition is on various types of handicrafts and basic branches of rural economy.

In the first part of permanent exhibition, you can see traditional costume from different parts of Istria. Some of its elements are reflecting archaic influences - like woman dress suknja, modrna or gologran from Ćićarija and Labin area, which is not cut in waist; people inserted wedges to make it more volumenous. Next is the women dress from Montenegro inhabitants that came in south Istrian village Peroj in 17 century. They preserved their folk costume until 20 century. Because of the custom of burying woman in their traditional dresses, there are not any left. You can also see traditional dresses of women from Vodnjan that are reflecting baroque influences. Musical instruments, mostly the wind instruments, paint the picture of archaic music that they produced.

Castle kitchen suggests typical Istrian kitchen with the most common traditional inventory from the end of the 19 century. There is a display of Istrian handicraftsmen products - pottery, baskets and weaving products characteristic to this cultural area. The main branches of rural economy (agriculture, vine growing, cattle breeding, and fishing) are also represented. Some of them have specific Istrian cultural elements (wooden plough - vrganj). 
 Notable is the archaic rural economy and the fact that Istrians who lived in villages produced, in their households, all that they needed for living until 20 century (food, clothes, dishes, simple furniture and other).
This permanent exhibition is displayed over twenty years. In the next year will be replaced with modern permanent exhibition. It will try, using different approach, to provide experience and information about different forms of Istrian culture.

The Collection of Church Bells

Displays 23 bells from Istrian churches dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries (the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Austro-Hungarian periods). Of particular importance are the Gothic bells with Glagolitic inscriptions.

The traditional wood and metalwork

Wood as an easily available raw material in Istria was used for the most diverse needs. Along with skilled individuals, who made wooden items for everyday use in larger quantities and replaced them for other products or sold at fairs, some woodworkers specialize in carpentry, drumsticks, croissants, ornaments, crimps, crests or fabricators boots.

In the past, almost every Istrian bigger village had its own blacksmith who made and repaired tools, agricultural and economic aids, traps for hunting. Their products were once a necessary kitchen inventory. In coastal areas, as well as in places along rivers and lakes, blacksmiths also made fish and crab catching tools.

Pazin and its Surroundings from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages

Displays prehistoric, Antique, and early medieval archaeological pottery and metal finds from central Istria, along with stone monuments.

Juraj Dobrila

Exhibition of the life and work of Juraj (Giorgio) Dobrila, a bishop and reformer from 19th century. The permanent exhibition Juraj Dobrila / Life and Work is located in Dobrila's native house in the village of Veli Ježenj.

The Castle of Pazin and the Serf's Uprisings of the 15th and 16th Centuries

Through the several thematic units of the exhibition, visitors are informed about the history of the Castle, the County of Pazin, and the two serf's uprisings (the revolt which occurred in 1407 and 1408 when the peasants revolted against the tyranny of aristocrats, and the revolt which took place in 1571 and 1572 when the peasants reacted in protection of their rights.

Souvenir shop

There is a little souvenir shop in the museum where you can buy Istrian souvenirs, literature about Istria and exhibition catalogues.

Working hours

(from 15.10.- 14.04.)
Tuesday - Thursday 10.00 -15.00
Friday 11.00 - 16.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 16.00
Monday closed

(from 15.04. - 14.10)
everyday 10.00 - 18.00
Monday closed*

* in July and August open everyday

(from 1.07. - 10.09.)
everyday  10.00 – 18.00

Your hosts in Castle


Muzej Grada Pazina
Istarskog razvoda 1
tel. +385 (0) 52 625 040


Etnografski muzej Istre/
Museo etnografico dell'Istria
Istarskog razvoda 1
tel. +385 (0) 52 622 220

Ticket prices

Children/pensioners: 18,00 kn

Adults: 25,00 kn

Groups: 22,00 kn

Students/pensioners (groups): 15,00 kn

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