The Šibenik museum was established on the 20 th of December 1925 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Croatian kingdom. The museum is located in the former Duke's palace that's in the vicinity of the cathedral.
The duke's palace is part of the town's costal defensive system; it was built in the 13 th c and 14 th c. The two wings of the once much larger building have been preserved. In this building lived the utmost representative of administration in Šibenik (the town Duke).
The south wing stretches along the coast from the square tower to the polygonal tower. The square tower known as the Duke's tower is the largest building on the coast, and derives from the 14c. Between it and the Bishop's palace is the renaissance town gate from the 16c. In the middle of the ground floor of the Duke's palace, from the south wing, there is a passage with the town gate. Above this gate there is an emblem with the town patron on it (St Michael).
The west wing of the palace faces the vestry of the cathedral. On the south wing of the palace there are 2 doors with simple stone door ways, and between them a niche, with a baroque sculpture of the town duke Nikola Marcella.
In 1975 reconstruction of Duke's palace was finished, and it allowed the museum to function to its present date.
The museum of the town of Šibenik can be divided into two sections: the archeological, and the historical and ethnological. The museum's prime task is to collect, preserve, conserve and present the historical heritage of the Šibenik region.
In its collections the museum keeps a variety of objects that are essential for analyzing Šibenik history.
The holdings of the museum are divided into collections: the archeological (Prehistoric, Ancient, Middle Age, and underwater findings), cultural-historical (collections of stone monuments, graphics, weapons, photographs and archival material.) and the gallery. The museum has 150,000 artifacts.
The most significant results the museum has accomplished are in the exploratory activities, exhibitory and publication activities. Many archeological sites have been explored in the region and in local waters. 200 exhibitions have been organized which were followed by the according catalogs. Adjacent to that there have been many editions that have shed light on the history of Šibenik ; the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast, which was all organized by the museum and its staff.