Istria’s first purpose-built and design museum is the best practise example of how to successfully site contemporary architecture within the context of an old town. The Lapidarium contains a permanent collection of archaeological remains – mostly pre-Romanesque stone works from Novigrad ex-cathedral. The fragments of the inventory are stunning, featuring delicately carved intertwining patterns, familiar Christian symbols, and an array of animals and mythical beasts.
With a permanent collection alongside are challenging contemporary art shows and events throughout the year. There are usually major summer exhibitions featuring a leading Croatian or international artists, and frequent contemporary-art happenings. Part of Museum is the Rigo Gallery, well known in Croatia and worldwide, it has a fast-moving programme of challenging, contemporary art exhibitions.