With regard to content, typology and quantity, this is a more moderate militaria-type collection (ca. 800 exponents). It mainly contains individual components of uniforms (the most common are various types of caps and short coats) which were in use in the territory of the Habsburg Monarchy, i.e., the Austro-Hungarian Empire, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A smaller portion of the collection consists of uniforms from the period of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, followed by military uniforms from the period of the Second World War and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Notable in terms of cultural/historical value are: a serežan (cavalry trooper) uniform from the mid-nineteenth century, components of parade uniforms and gear (bandoliers, officer belts…) of the Austro-Hungarian Army from the First World War (hussars, uhlans, infantry troops), and of the Partisans – “tri-corner” caps of the People’s Liberation Army squads. An important part of the Collection is the uniform of the Boka Navy, which nurtures the tradition of the famed Boka Marine Fraternity established in the mid-fifteenth century, as well as the uniform of the Sokol cavalry.
After 1990, the Collection was supplemented with components of uniforms from the ground forces and navy of the Yugoslav People’s Army, various types of uniforms from Croatia’s Homeland War and the uniforms worn by the armed forces of the Republic of Croatia. In more recent years, the Collection has been supplemented with over 500 examples of Croatian military insignia.
Mislav Barić, Curator