Museum of Peasant Revolts

The 18th-century Baroque castle houses the Museum of Peasant Revolts, founded in memory of the great peasant uprising of 1573. The museum collects material relating to peasant uprisings, the lives of nobles and peasants, and objects from the cultural, historical and artistic heritage of Hrvatsko Zagorje.

The museum was founded and opened to the public on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the great peasant revolt of 1573. It is located in the baroque castle of the Oršić family from the 18th century. On the site of an old medieval fortress, this castle was built by Krsto Oršić, a member of an old Croatian noble family, and his wealthy wife Josipa, nee Zichyi. The castle was built in 1756, which is recorded on the entrance portal where it used to be the coat of arms of the family.

The ground floor is L-shaped, and the third wing once continued to the older part of the castle. In the 19th century, after a great earthquake, a classicist porch was added with gable and Doric columns. The castle has preserved a chapel with illusionist frescoes, an allegorical depiction of four continents and a painted baroque altar with scenes from the life of St Francis Xavier, painted by the famous master Anton Lerhinger. The last members of the Oršić family left the castle in 1924.

For a while, there was an elementary school in the castle, and it was also used by the local community. In the late sixties and early 1970s, the castle was completely renovated and became home to the Museum of the Peasant Revolt. Around the castle, there is an ornamental garden with native and exotic plant species. 

A new permanent exhibition, opened in the summer of 2002, in addition to the one of the Peasant Revolt of 1573, shows the development of feudalism in northwestern Croatia. The museum collects material related to peasant uprisings, the life of nobles and peasants, and cultural and historical objects from the heritage of Hrvatsko Zagorje.

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