Tito first visited Brijuni in 1947, and Bijela vila (White villa in Croatian) became his official residence in 1953. His last stay on Brijuni was recorded in 1979. Tito spent an average of four to six months every year on Brijuni, and the Veliki Brijun and Vanga island were his favorites.
Tito was a distinguished statesman and one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. The former president of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia hosted numerous heads of state and party leaders on Brijuni. Brijuni were one of the influential centers of world politics.
Tito governed the state, the Party and the Army from Brijuni
As a nature lover, animal enthusiast and a figure with knowledge of historical and cultural values, Tito has advocated for the protection of forests, landscaping of parks, breeding and settlement of animals, research and preserving monuments and organizing hotel facilities. Thanks to this choice, Brijuni have been preserved and they have become appealing to domestic and foreign tourists.
The Brijuni archipelago is tightly linked to the personality of Josip Broz Tito. For three decades Brijuni were his official residence, his home, a place he particularly loved and dedicated a lot of attention to. The "Tito on Brijuni" exhibition depicts the scope of Tito's activity and interest since his first visit to Brijuni on 20 June 1947 until his last farewell on 29 August 1979.