Collections

Museum items in castle Veliki Tabor are divided into eight collections:

- The prehistoric archaeology collection
- The medieval archaeology collection
- The archaeological collection Vrbovec
- The cultural and historical collection
- The collection of Kavanagh family
- The ethnographic collection
- The art collection
- The palaeontological and geological collection

Two departments in Veliki Tabor were established in 2013:
the archaeological department and cultural and historical department.

The archaeological department includes all archaeological collections: prehistoric, medieval and Vrbovec collection.
Head of the archaeology department: Ivana Škiljan, senior curator
Tel: ++385 (0) 49 374 970

The cultural and historical department is handling the cultural and historical collection and collection of baron Kavanagh family.
Head of the cultural and historical department: Nadica Jagarčec, senior curator
Tel: ++385 (0) 49 374 971

The prehistoric archaeology collection

The prehistoric archaeology collection contains archaeological findings from site Špičak where we can trace human activities from the late bronze age. This is confirmed by findings from Špičak acropolis which were donated to museum by Ivančica Pavišić, leader of excavations.

The medieval archaeological collection

The medieval archaeological collection contains items that were left here by Mr. Josip Štimac and items that were collected during conservation works on the castle. Many stove tiles and pottery were found during archaeological supervision when the castle was renovated in 2006. Items are now conserved and form the core of the collection. The collection is constantly upgraded with new findings.

The archaeological collection Vrbovec

The archaeological collection Vrbovec contains findings from medieval castle Vrbovec which has been continuously excavated by the Institute for archaeology. Items that came to museum were already systematised and interpreted by Tatjana Tkalčec, leader of the excavation.

The cultural and historical collection

The cultural and historical collection collects and contains items which illustrate the material culture in Croatian Zagorje and surrounding regions from 14th to the middle of the 20th century. The items tell us about  social, cultural, economical and political conditions in this part of Croatia in past centuries.

The collection of Kavanagh family

The collection of Kavanagh family contains items that were donated to Veliki Tabor from castle Mali Tabor that belonged to the family from mid 19th century to mid 20th century. The collection consists of paper documents (letters, lists, contracts, books, magazines), furniture and some small inventory.

The ethnographic collection

The ethnographic collection combines items that are part of traditional rural households and farms in Croatian Zagorje. Items were collected via donations from Ivica Špoljar and some of them are left in castle by Mr. Josip Štimac. The collection is constantly upgraded and contains parts of household inventory, especially kitchen equipment and agricultural tools. The collection also has items from traditional wine cellars (barrels, presses etc.).

The art collection

The art collection collects works of art that were inspired by Veliki Tabor, legend of Veronika Desinićka, Croatian Zagorje and artwork of Oton Iveković.

The palaeontological and geological collection

The palaeontological and geological collection contain soil samples from Pregrada coal mine and fossils collected by Mr. Josip Štimac.