Maritime Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Located inside Fort St. John, the Maritime Museum looks at Dubrovnik's long history of navigation with exhibits showcasing ship models and maritime objects, such as tools and flags, paintings and photos. In total, there are more than 5,000 objects in the collection. The fort itself has quite a history and was once an important part of the city's defense, guarding the entrance to the city port. According to the museum, construction of the fort began in 1346.
Recent visitors offered mixed reviews of the museum, with some admiring the collection and others complaining of its small size. Several said that if you're not a history buff, you may not find this museum interesting.
The Maritime Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday at 9 a.m. and closes between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending upon the season. Admission costs 130 kuna (about $19) for adults and 50 kuna (around $8) for kids. If you purchased a Dubrovnik Card, your museum entry is covered. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 City Walls
The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. At some points, the walls are almost 20 feet thick and 82 feet high. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers.
Since the eminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite, and set the dramatic stage for shows like "Game of Thrones." Atop the city walls, you'll enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik's tiled-roof buildings and the blue sea. During the Summer Festival, Shakespeare plays and other performances take place in some of the forts along the wall. While recent visitors warned you may have to wait in line to get up to the walls, it's worth it for the amazing views.
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