The founder of the Rovinj Heritage Museum that tells the story of the territory of the City of Rovinj and Rovinjsko Selo is the City of Rovinj. The museum's principal purposes are twofold, first, in its role as city gallery and second, in its role as city museum. It therefore performs the museum activities of collecting, keeping, researching, presenting and interpreting the civilisational and cultural artefacts and their professional and scholarly study.
The museum is organised into systematic units, i.e. the Department of Archeology, the Department of History and Ethnography, the Department of Art, the Library and the Public Relations Office.
Museum activities are performed in conformity with the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Goods Act, the Museums Act, the Institutions Act, the Statute of the Rovinj Heritage Museum and special rules of procedure and ordinances regulating the standards and terms related to particular activities.
The Rovinj Heritage Museum operates in the historical Califfi Palace situated in the historical core of Rovinj, while three other city locations host two storerooms and St. Thomas Gallery. Califfi Palace and St. Thomas Gallery are valuable architectural heritage monuments of the city.

The vision of the Rovinj Heritage Museum is acting as the museum heritage institution in the city of Rovinj whose activity, permanent collection, occasional exhibitions and events shed light upon the century-old life in the area. The museum resources are readily available to the local inhabitants and Rovinj visitors. 
Values of the Rovinj Heritage Museum
The values of the Rovinj Heritage Museum comprise the most varied wealth of museum holdings with as many as 35,194 objects– catalogised and entered into the database 13,938, systematised into 12 museum collections and 2 library collections. Three collections (Ethnographic Collection-World, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Collection of Postcards) are inscribed into the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia-the List of Protected Cultural Goods. One segment of the holdings belongs to the permanent collection, while other holdings are presented through occasional thematic exhibitions that are about to become part of the permanent museum collection.



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