Malacological museum

The Malacological Museum of Makarska is one of the most valuable cultural institutions of both Makarska and the whole country.The Malacological Museum of the Franciscan monastery was founded by Fra Jure Radić in 1963. It encompasses an attractive collection of sea snails and shells from the Adriatic Sea and all over the world. In addition to the valuable and rich malacological collection, Fra Jure Radić has also preserved a valuable herbarium of the flora of Biokovo Mountain and some smaller paleontological collections.The founder of the museum was the Franciscan Jure Radić, PhD, the son of a sailor, who was fascinated by the sea and its gifts since childhood, especially by the seashells he found along the coast and shells of the Croatian islands and of the rest of the world. The museum collection includes shells of sea snails, bivalves and a few other mollusc species, as well as corals and a smaller number of other species that live in the sea. Apart from the seashells from the Adriatic, the collection also has seashells from other seas and oceans: from Hawaii, Oceania, California, China, Japan, the Caribbean, Australia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Philippines, Indonesia, the Red Sea, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.


The museum also holds a fossil collection, which was formed at the same time as the collection of recent seashells. The former consists of ammonites, rudists, molluscs - snails, bivalves, sea urchins, corals and algae. Most of them are from Central Dalmatia. In the museum's surroundings, you will find the collection of live flora indigenous to the Biokovo area. It represents the variety of flora in this area throughout the twelve months of the year. It is a scene pleasant to the eye with aromatic scents. The Mountain and Sea Institute is dedicated to the study of phenology and ecological factors affecting species, particularly very rare and endemic taxons. Apart from having an educational purpose, the collection also encourages others to love and preserve the flora of the area they live in. It also offers the solution for growing indigenous plants without investing too much material resources - it is more affordable than plants from foreign countries that we pay a lot and are very hard to maintain (e.g. cultivating the English ryegrass in warm and dry Mediterranean).

Visitors of the museum are of all ages: from children to elders with different interests and knowledge, coming from different worlds. They all admire the structure of molluscs and design of their shells, colors, shapes, the names given to them by scientists, their geographical distribution and the use of bivalves in everyday life: for food, as jewelry, oil lamps, patterns, nacre, pearls.... Shapes, structures and colors of seashells and scents and colors of indigenous plants amaze almost all visitors, and encourage them to love and preserve nature and the environment.The museum was opened to the public on April 30, 1963 in the old part of the Franciscan monastery, which is a protected cultural monument. The museum has more than 3000 shells in the collection. Apart from the shells from the Adriatic Sea, its visitors can also see many species from tropical and subtropical seas, which have the most interesting colors and shapes among all the seashells.


Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00
Sunday: 10:00-13:00
Address:Franjevački put 1
Phone: +385/21 611 256