Lonely Planet Writer

A new Game of Thrones museum opens in Split

As if the stunning filming locations like Dubrovnik, Šibenik or Klis weren’t enough, Croatia’s just got another delight for the Game of Thrones fans: a new themed museum opened up in Split a week ago.

A mock-up dragon appears to burst out of a wall at the museum's entrance.
Drogon welcomes visitors to the Game of Thrones museum in Split. Image by Game of Thrones Museum archives

Minutes away from the Diocletian’s cellars where Daenerys kept her dragons chained, the newly-opened museum comprises of 300 square-metres of interior space and shows over 100 exhibits. With black-painted walls, dimmed lights and mystical scents of cedar and jasmine, “the museum tries to transport you into an eerie realm of the medieval times which inspired the fantasy show,” Luka Galić, the museum owner, described for the Lonely Planet.

An exhibit of Hodor holding the door closed.
Hodor, of course, is shown holding the door at the Game of Thrones museum in Split. Image by Game of Thrones Museum archives

In line with that thought, Drogon’s cavernous jaws break through a wall to welcome visitors into the museum. A photo op! Quite a few more await, such as the desk of the Hand of the King, swords of Valerian steel and many life-sized character statues, from Daenerys (small, but mighty), Jon Snow, Tyrion, to Hodor – portrayed, of course, holding the door.

Male and female mannequins dressed in medieval clothes behind a table.
The dark ambiance in the Game of Thrones museum in Split evokes Medieval times. Image by Game of Thrones Museum archives

Walking though the museum’s five themed rooms, the visitors start at Meereen (inspired by Split), move to King’s Landing (inspired by Dubrovnik) and then go north: to Winterfell, Beyond the wall and to Weirwood Tree, where they literally enter the tree. The exhibits range from helmets, to swords, skulls, costumes, city models, set items and the full armour of the King’s Guards.

A room with skulls in a display case with costumes on mannequins behind.
Costumes, swords and skulls on exhibit in the Game of Thrones museum in Split. Image by Game of Thrones Museum archives

“Expert story tellers can guide the visitors around the museum. They are experts not only on the show, but also on the books and filming details. In fact, during our promo period – until the end of this week – we are adding a complimentary storyteller tour with each ticket purchase,” Luka Galić added.

You can find the Game of Thrones museum in Split at Bosanska ulica 9, open daily between 9AM and 10PM. Additional information is available at mobile 099 69 40 312. For anyone not in Croatia soon, there are plenty of Game of Thrones attractions keeping the spirit alive all over the world.