This quirky museum zeros in on heartbreak and failed relationships, both romantic and platonic. Relics of relationships past, from photographs to unusual mementos such as an ax, are displayed alongside explanations of their significance, sending visitors on an emotional roller coaster—at times comical and at other points heartrending.
Visitors who want to avoid wasting any time waiting in the ticket line can prebook an admission ticket to the Museum of Broken Relationships and turn up at a time of their choosing. It’s also possible to combine a guided walking tour of Zagreb with admission to the museum. With explanatory text accompanying each object on display, the museum is designed to be explored independently.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Museum of Broken Relationships is a must for sightseers who need a break from the traditional tourist trail.
- Find a café and a shop selling souvenirs, including clothing and stationary, at the museum.
- The Museum of Broken Relationships is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Museum of Broken Relationships is situated in Zagreb’s Upper Town (Gornji Grad). To get here, ride the funicular from the Lower Town (Donji Grad) or the tram (lines 1, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 17 by day and 31, 32, or 34 by night) to Ban Jelačić Square. The museum is just a short stroll from there.
When to Get There
The museum is very popular—so popular it has since spawned a sister outpost in Los Angeles—and can get busy. To avoid the crowds, try visiting in early morning or in the evening. The museum is busiest on weekends, between 12pm and 3pm.
Things to Do Nearby
The Museum of Broken Relationships enjoys a prime setting in Zagreb’s Upper Town, just steps from some of the city’s top attractions. If you have some time to kill before or after your visit, do some people-watching on Ban Jelačić Square. The near-constant arrival and departure of trams means there is a never-ending flow of people to observe. You can also browse the fruit-and-vegetable-loaded stalls of Dolac Market, ride the short-but-steep funicular that connects the Upper and Lower towns, and view the 13th-century Lotrščak Tower, where a cannon is fired at 12pm every day.