Tito’s Museum

The Brijuni archipelago is known for long standing activity of Josip Broz Tito, the president of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Tito first visited Brijuni in 1947, and Bijela vila (White villa in Croatian) became his official residence in 1953. Tito spent an average of four to six months every year on Brijuni, and the Veliki Brijun and Vanga island were his favorites.

Tito liked to improve Brijuni. Immediately after his arrival, an intensive renovation and development of the islands began. The consequences of the bombing were repaired, stolen inventory was replaced, new water pipeline and Fažana-Brijuni electric cables were placed, hotels and villas were renovated, forests were cleaned and parks landscaped, barren land was afforested, cultural monuments were protected and zoos included new animals.

Tito was a distinguished statesman and one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. The former president of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia hosted numerous heads of state and party leaders on Brijuni. Brijuni were one of the influential centers of world politics.

The permanent exhibition “Josip Broz Tito on Brioni” depicts the activity of former Yugoslav president on the island. It was opened in 1984 and visually presents the activities of the Yugoslav president on the island from June 20, 1947 when he first arrived here until the very last day of his stay, August 29, 1979 when he left the Brijuni wharf to participate in the 6th Summit of nonaligned countries in Havana.

On Brijuni, Tito was not only a host and an interlocutor to statesmen, politicians and diplomats (from 60 countries of the worls), but to many public and cultural figures (Valentina Tereshkova, Che Guevara, Alberto Moravia, Mario del Monaco, Sofia Loren, Carlo Ponti, Gina Lollobrigida, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and many people from Yugoslavia and abroad).