The Castle of Pazin is the biggest and the best-preserved medieval fortress in Istria. Today, the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the Museum of Pazin are located there, and their exhibitions are held.
It was first mentioned in written documents in 983. Since that time, the Castle and the growing civil area that surrounded it have been given as present, conquered and sacked, destroyed, rebuilt and sub-leased many times. It has changed owners, managers and names. It was under the dominion of Patriarchate of Aquileia, and then under the County of Gorizia. The whole Middle Istrian area, then called Graftschhaft Mitterburg, Contea di Pisino or the County of Pazin was being governed within the safety of its masonry. Since 1374, the whole County had been a private property of the Austrian house of Habsburgs.
Ethnographic museum of Istria preserves, and actively collects textile artefacts. The main parts of the collection are Istrian traditional costumes. Wedge pattern is characteristic for the north and east Istria women costumes which is connected to Gothic period. That way of sawing is replaced by sawing the women dresses from waistcoat and skirt. Around the waist, women were wearing pas or kanica. On the head women were wearing facol, facul (kerchief) usually rakaman, nagažan - nicely embroidered, or later made of industrial textile.
There were two different kinds of mail trousers: brneveke - white cloth (fabric caled sukno) trousers ankle length and tight, and brageše - shorter, wider trousers of brown cloth. Feet were covered with socks - bičve, holjevi, škafuoni, škafuonice, and men wore foot-cloths, kalcete, nazuvke. They wore strapped softsoled footwear, and latter shoes, postole.
01.01. - 31.03:
Tuesdays - Thursdays 10:00 - 15:00,
Fridays 11:00 - 16:00,
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 - 16:00
01.04. - 15.10:
10:00 - 18:00, closed on Mondays
Adults: 25 kn
Pupils, students, senior citizens: 18 kn
Group - adults (min.10 person): 22 kn
Group - pupils, students, senior citizens: 15 kn
Group - nursery school, elementary school: 5 kn
Children (under 5 years): free entrance