National Museum Zadar with its departments (of which each has rich collections – altogether 59.410 items) is inadequately staffed, does not have appropriate spaces for permanent exhibitions, for storages and periodical exhibitions, that is, it does not meet contemporary museum standards. This is why, after proposals made by the National Museum, steps have been taken to establish the Heritage Museum (working title) which will be located on the premises of the Rector's and Providure's palaces and the preliminary plan for which was drawn up by: the museologist Tomislav Šola, the head and curators of the National Museum, the city government of Zadar; its programmatic ground-plan was produced by the architectonic bureau of „Urbana tehnika“ in 2005.
In the new dynamic multi-media museum Zadar’s past and present (Zadar City Museum) will be presented in an updated fashion while the specialist exhibits of the Natural History Department, of the Ethnological Department and of Gallery of Fine Arts will be housed and presented to the public within the framework of this complex. Auxiliary technical services will also be located in this complex: an audiovisual laboratory, a restoration workshop, the preparation of exhibitions. The part of this complex that will be opened to the public will offer the following features : a concert hall with its accompanying elements, an information center, a museum shop, a library/reading room with periodical publications, the Braća Brkan cafe-bar, a restaurant, a main hall and a multi-purpose hall for lecturing and projection sessions, a room for periodic exhibitions, a lapidarium, a park, a summer stage and other facilities. The pedagogical-educational segment has plans for the following: a children’s workshop, a Society of Friends of the Museum, Heritage for Youth, the Aeternus Gallery and other facilities.
Thusly Zadar would get a regional museum which would serve as catalyst of cultural life, as a powerful cohesive factor of a community which is particularly sensitive to protecting and presenting its material and immaterial heritage as a significant branch of cultural tourism, as a place for protecting and presenting one’s identity.