If you’ve given up on waiting for the sun to show up in Slovenia so that you can head for the coast on your days off, consider a different kind of weekend escape – Staro selo museum in Kumrovec in Croatia, the birthplace of Yugoslavia’s president Josip Broz Tito. Explore the village and learn about its history since its foundation in 1435 and its role and imapct on Tito’s beginnings.
The museum is a collection of period buildings centering on the life and experiences of Marshal Tito.
The bronze statue of Tito sits next to his birth house. It was done by a renowned sculptor Antun Augustinčić in 1948, and depicts Tito in a pensive pose, reflecting on the times when victory during the World War II was not in sight.
The house of Tito’s birth (the picture on the right) is located in a tree lined street with a stream and small bridges.
Inside the house there is an exhibition on the Union of Tito’s pioneers, a nostalgic tribute to a once compulsory club for Yugoslavia’s youngest citizens.
About 20 houses have been restored to their original glory, giving the village an idyllic look.
Inside, the houses depict the village life as it was during the time when Tito was born, at the end of the 19th century.