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The Natural History Cabinet Dr. Grgur Bučić


Grgur Bučić, a photograph dating from the second half of the 19th century

This collection of a distinctive academic character was started in the late 1950s as one of the first collections of the Hvar Heritage Museum. It is displayed in Hanibal Lucić’s summer residence and boasts some 350 items (old natural history and meteorological instruments, fossils, preserved plants, herbarium, archaeological artefacts, photographs, diplomas, old natural history books and periodicals, meteorological data on Hvar, archive and more recent editions relating to the natural history of Hvar).
The collection is mostly Dr. Grgur Bučić’s bequest and a small number of items was purchased or donated.
Dr. Grgur Bučić (1829-1911) was a telegrapher in Hvar and the head of the meteorological station since its founding in 1858. However, his passion was natural history, so he conducted a wide range of research (climate, biological, zoological, paleontological, mineralogical and oceanographic) and reported on their results in numerous works. One of his important natural history projects was research on the artificial cultivation of a sub-species of the Adriatic sponge. Archaeology was also one of his interests: he was the first to start prehistoric research projects on Hvar (and in Croatia). His work won him several awards, among others an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Graz.
The natural history cabinet bearing Dr. Bučić’s name was established and managed for a long time by professor Ante Tadić (1892–1988), a natural historian and a collaborator of the Museum. He compiled the list of the collection items and published several professional and populist works on Dr. Bučić.
Dr. Grgur Bučić’s life and work will be the topic of the exhibition due to be organised in 2008 (on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the first meteorological station in Hvar), which will be the basis for building the future public natural history collection of the Hvar Heritage Museum.

Collection manager: Marinko Petrić, senior curator