Experience the history of Istria in Archaeological Museum
The idea of making the archaeological collection in Pula was born in the first part of the 19th century, by gathering the monuments from the old roman temple situated in the center of Pula, The Temple of Augustus.
This idea became reality after archaeological excavations in Nezacium near Valtura began. During archeological excavations and researches, huge quantities of small archeological material were found. In that period museum was situated in a small alley near the Triumphal Arch of Sergi
In 1925, by merging of The City Museum along with National Corpus ( situated in The Temple of Augustus and Amphiteatre), together with the Provincial Museum od Parenzio, The Royal Museum of Istra was founded. In October 1930, the first exhibition for visitors was introduced, and it was housed by the formal German grammar school. After Anglo – American government left, Boris Bačić and his associates took over the museum administration, reorganized it, and foundations of a modernistic and archaeological institution were laid. With several changes in lapidarium, together with presentations of the remaining stuffl, the museum has reopened his doors in 1949, where a name changed into an Archaeological Museum of Istria. The permanent exhibition, updated several times, shows the extension of Istrian material culture since prehistoric times,over the time of ancient reign, finishing with early medieval times.
Today the museum is divided into an Archaeological Department, which includes Prehistoric, Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Medieval collection together with Numismatic Collection and Underwater Archaeology. Documentation section, Library section, Education section, and Conservation- Restoration Department are also part of the structure of the museum.
In addition to the primary building, the museum has separated exhibitions. One of them is the Arena Pula, then the Temple of Augustus and the Franciscan monastery, and in Nesactium.
The museum conducts systematic and protective archaeological research in Istria, and since 1970 publishes the journal Histria archaeological.