The Museum Tour
The National Museum is one of the oldest and most significant museums in Serbia. Unfortunately, the museum is under reconstruction for over a decade. Exhibitions are displayed in the atrium of the museum.
Today, the museum has 34 artistic, historical, archaeological and numismatic collections which contain over 400.000 objects. The archaeological collection consists of various items from Vinca (more on Vinca: http://totl.eu/vinca/), ancient Rome, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt. The museum has a large collection of medieval artefacts. The most important one is the manuscript of the ‘Miroslav Gospels’. The art collections consist of over 16.000 paintings, drawings, prints, graphics and icons. It includes the works of Serbian, Yugoslav, French, Flemish, Dutch, Italian, German, Russian, English, Japanese, Chinese and other artists.
The Museum of Vuk and Dositej is one of the most important memorial museums in Serbia. It is dedicated to the two of the most prominent scholars of Serbian culture. Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic was a linguist and a major reformer of the Serbian language. Dositej Obradovic was an author, philosopher, linguist and the first Serbian Minister of Education.
The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits works from the most prominent national and foreign artists of the 20th century. The works in the museum's collection are split up into separate sections: Painting from 1900 to 1945, Painting after 1945, Sculptures, Prints and Drawings and New Art Media.
Regrettably, the museum is under reconstruction. Exhibitions are held in the Saloon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
The Museum of Applied Arts collects works of applied arts. The museum’s collection consists of over 37.000 objects over a 2.400 year span. It has eight departments: Department for Metal and Jewellery, Department for Costume and Textile, Department for Period Furniture and Wood, Department for Book Illustration, Applied Graphics and Photography, Department for Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass, Department for Contemporary Applied Art, Department for Architecture, Urbanism and Architectural Design and Department for Education.
The Museum of African Art is the only museum in the region dedicated to the African art and culture. Most of its collection comes from West Africa. The museum was established from the private collection of a Yugoslav diplomat and ambassador Zdravko Pečar and his family.
The Museum of Yugoslav History is dedicated to former Yugoslavia and consists of three buildings: The May 25thMuseum, The House of Flowers and The Old Museum. The museum has a collection of over 200.000 objects that illustrate Yugoslav history. The accent of the collection is on the life of Josip Broz Tito, the president of former Yugoslavia. The House of Flowers is the mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka Broz.
The Military Museum is located inside the walls of the Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan. The museum has a collection of over 3.000 objects. These include ancient and contemporary uniforms, arms, flags, decorations, maps, models and other military artefacts. Tanks, howitzers, and armoured cars of many types are exhibited outside the museum’s main building.
The Museum of Ethnography is one of the oldest museums in Belgrade. The museum deals both with Serbian culture and the cultures of the neighbouring communities. It has a collection of over 200.000 objects.
The Historical Museum of Serbia collects and exhibits objects connected to Serbia’s history. Currently, the museum's permanent exposition is split up into chronological sections: The Middle Ages, Period of Foreign Occupation, Period from 1804 to 1918, Inter-war Period, National War of Liberation (1941-1945) and Post-war Serbia.
The Belgrade City Museum holds several permanent memorial exhibitions: The Museum of Ivo Andric, The Museum of Paja Jovanovic, The Museum of Jovan Cvijic, The Residence of Princess Ljubica and The Museum of the Banjica Concentration Camp.
The Museum of Ivo Andric is dedicated to one of Serbia’s greatest writers, Ivo Andric. He received a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961. and some of his best works include ‘The Bridge on the Drina’, ‘The Woman from Sarajevo’ and ‘The Bosnian Chronicle’. The museum is located in the apartment in which Ivo Andric lived and worked.
The Museum of Paja Jovanovic is dedicated to Paja Jovanovic, one of the most well- known Serbian academic painters. His most famous and recognizable paintings are the ‘Serbian Migrations’, ‘The Crowning of Stefan Dusan’, ‘The Takovo Uprising’, ‘Cockfighting’, ‘Decorating of the Bride’ and ‘The Fencing Lesson’.
The Museum of Jovan Cvijic is dedicated to Jovan Cvijic, the founder of modern Serbian geography. He was also a lifelong President of the Serbian Royal Academy and the Rector of the first university in Serbia.
The Residence of Princess Ljubica is a museum displaying the permanent exhibition ‘Interiors of Belgrade Homes in the 19th Century’. The building was the home of Princess Ljubica, wife of Prince Milos, the founder of the Obrenovic dynasty.
The Museum of the Banjica Concentration Camp is dedicated to the victims of the Nazi concentration camp in World War II.
The Museum of Nikola Teslais dedicated to Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American physicist and one of the greatest scientists of all time.
The Museum of Science and Technology collects and protects technological cultural property. It consists of various collections which have over 5,000 objects.
The Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest specialised scientific institutions in Serbia. It has 117 collections with approximately 1.500.000 artefacts. The museum has the following collections: rocks, minerals, hunting trophies, botanical, zoological and paleontological collections.
The Railway Museum has over 40,000 objects in four collections. It is a part of the Serbian Railway Company. The museum operates the Sargan Eight narrow gauge heritage railway. The Sargan Eight runs from the village of Mokra Gora to Sargan Vitasi station.
The Museum of Automobiles consists of a collection of fifty vehicles. The oldest automobile dates back to 1897. The museum also has numerous objects that are important to the history of automobiles.
The Museum of Aviation
The Museum of Theatrical Arts of Serbia
The Yugoslav Film Archive