The 16th-century Renaissance playwright Marin Držić is to Croatia what Shakespeare is to Britain and he is revered as the first person to write drama in Croatian; his comic plays are on every school syllabus. He lived a rackety life with little career success but his works were resurrected in the 19th century during the rebirth of Croatian cultural heritage; his plays regained popularity yet again in the 1930s and are still performed each year at summer’s Dubrovnik Festival.
The museum dedicated to Držić is located in the Gothic townhouse in which he was born in 1508. It offers a library of modern texts plus a few set-piece reconstructions using waxwork models of his major characters and period furniture. There’s also an audio-visual presentation of some of his texts; among the displays are temporary modern-art exhibitions and contemporary cartoons.
Široka 7, Dubrovnik. Open June–Sept Mon 10am–6pm, Tue–Sun 9am–10pm; Oct–May Mon 10am–6pm, Tue–Sun 9am–8:30pm. Admission (also includes entrance to the five civic museums, Natural History and Modern Art museums and Gallery Dulčić Masle Pulitika) adults 100 KN; students & children younger than 18 25 KN. Free with the Dubrovnik Card. Best accessed on foot through the pedestrianized streets of Dubrovnik Old Town.