Exhibition created by Katarina Ivanišin Kardum, Marija Crnčević and Marijana Cukrov

Exhibition design by Katarina Ivanišin Kardum and Ivana Dražić Selmani

Duration: from May 18, 2011, to November 16, 2011

About the exhibition: Describing the museum objects the tail and head of a tuna, Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1758) that according to written data was caught in the bay of Mali Ston in 1897, more than a hundred years ago the natural historian Spiridon Brusina referred to the importance of what was then the Patriotic Museum. Following up the work of Dubrovnik natural historian Baldo Kosić, on the basis of these museum objects, of written historical sources and scientific knowledge about tuna, the dimensions of the tuna from the Museum were estimated and a model was made in life size in answer to the question “How Big was the Tuna in our Museum?” The story of two museum objects has brought to life the theme of Dubrovnik natural history from the time of Spiridon Brusina and Baldo Kosić, indicating something of the importance of their work. The first didactic exhibition links the cultural heritage and contemporary scientific knowledge, with a special reference to the protection of nature, and through the interdisciplinary approach in the production of the exhibition the role of the Museum as scientific and cultural institution is highlighted.