The MEMO Museum was founded as one of the activities of the cultural-educational association Institut Mediterran. It is an interactive, multimedia museum, which opened its doors in 2018, in the space covering a total area of over 200 square meters. The museum provides an overview of the everyday life of the people living in Pula in the period from the beginning of the fifties to the late eighties of the twentieth century.
The museum is organized in three sections (a street, a town square, and an apartment), which provide the knowledge about the everyday life of an average family in Pula in that time period, through a variety of items for everyday use such as the old "Fico" car, black and white television, old computers, typing and sewing machines and the hairdresser's "hauba", to get a real feel for the spirit of those times. This museum is special as, unlike the classic exhibitions in museums, the visitors are allowed (moreover, they are encouraged) to browse the exhibits, open drawers and cabinets, try on the clothes, take a photo under the "hauba", play basketball or some old computer games, sit behind the wheel of "Fico" ... Namely, the purpose of this museum is not only to remind the visitors who lived through those times of the things they used then, but also to show to the younger generation what was the youth of their parents and grandparents like. We believe that the ideal way to achieve this is by giving the visitors the opportunity to have a direct contact and interaction with the exhibits, and therefore feel "how our ancestors lived".
Since the entire museum is designed with the idea of providing a thorough view at life in Pula from the fifties to the late eighties, it is suitable both for sightseeing without the guidance, as well as for specific educational workshops on request (in music, sports, history, IT ... depending on the needs and interests of a particular group).
"Fico" is the nickname for the car model Zastava 750, which was manufactured by the vehicle factory "Crvena Zastava" in Kragujevac (Serbia) based on the licence of the Italian car model Fiat 600. Between 1955 and 1985, this factory manufactured over 900,000 of these vehicles. Thanks to the affordable price and easy maintenance of the car, it became one of the most prominent symbols of social and economic development in the socialist Yugoslavia.
"Fico" was powered by the engine low in power, requiring small fuel consumption. Cabin interior was so tiny that the passengers in the back seat were hunched over and the trunk so small they had to hold their bags on their lap. The noise in the cabin was so loud the passengers could speak only by practically yelling at each other. "Fico" was also well known as a car used in driving schools - if you didn't own it, you most certainly had your first driving experience in it.