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The history of this collection before its official presentation to the public is both lengthy and interesting. It is composed of several private collections that through time became merged into one, the Archaeological Collection of Osor. The collection consists of stone monuments gathered by the Bishop of Osor, Dinaricic, in the 18th century, archaeological material gathered by the Solis family at the beginning of the 20th century, and the private collection of the Archbishop of Osor, Ivan Kvirin Bolmarcic, who is considered to be the actual founder of this collection because of his research, exploration, and collection in the Osor vicinity from 1868 to 1881. His collection was given to the community of Osor, and was officially opened to the public in 1889. As a token of thanks for all that he did, his bust was placed in the Loggia on the occasion of celebrating the centenary of the Archaeological Collection of Osor in 1989.

The Archaeological Collection itself is exhibited in the old former Town Hall, and part of the Lapidarium (stone monument collection) is walled into the town Loggia, while the actual storage and working areas are located in the former town jail.

The Lapidarium in the Loggia contains Roman inscriptions, stone architectural decorations, Renaissance inscriptions, and elaborate Renaissance lintels with heraldic coats-of-arms.

The first floor of the former Town Hall exhibits a selection from the Roman material found at Osor, mainly from Bolmarcevic's excavations of a cemetery on the Losinj side of the Kavuada. The material is mainly dated to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, in other words to the period of the early Roman Empire. This material allows us to reconstruct everyday life in Osor at that time. The majority of the exhibited objects represent imports from almost everywhere throughout the world as known in the Roman period, and they also indirectly speak of the merchant and maritime relations of Osor in the classical period and its significance in the Roman period.

The Archaeological Collection also includes other valuable archaeological material, from the prehistoric, early Christian, and mediaeval periods, but these sections of the collections are still being studied and restored, and are not yet on display.

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