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Museums and galleries

4km south of Karlovac on the D1 state road is the suburb village of Turanj and where you will find the ruined Austrian military complex. Around the same time construction commenced on Karlovac in the 16th century so did Turanj’s affiliation with the city. An advanced guard tower was constructed here to protect the southern borders of the city and bridges over the rivers Korana and Mrežnica. Over 400 years later Turanj would find itself on the front lines again during the Croatian War of Independence. The village played a key role in the defence of Karlovac and was witness to many failed attempts to take the city.

The village is a symbol of victory and rebirth after war. The area was devastated after 4 years on the front lines of the conflict. It isthen only fitting that this permanent exhibit should be located here as a reminder of, and tribute to the strength and determination of the local people and the brave defenders the city.

Now housed in the 17th century baroque palace and former home of General Vuk Krsto Frankopan, the idea of a having a city museum had been around since the late 19th century. Two World Wars put all pans on hold, so it wasn’t until 1953 that it took up its current residence on Strossmeyer Square.

The museum houses a permanent exhibition relating to Karlovac, dating from prehistoric times to the present day.

This gallery is a modern and attractive exhibition space that occasionally holds visual art and museum exhibitions with an emphasis on artists from Karlovac.

The ULAK Gallery is the home of the Karlovac Artists Association and mostly holds exhibitions of its members or their acquaintances in Croatia and abroad.

The ZILIK Gallery is best known for hosting the winter artists’ colony January every year. It was founded in 1973 by Petar Grgec who was president of the Croatian Naïve Artists Association.

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