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Historical Museum of Serbia

The Historical Museum of Serbia, a museum of complex type, has the task of introducing people to national historical heritage and following on, protect that very heritage. The museum was founded in 1963.

The Historical Museum of Serbia, as a museum of complex type, collects, preserves, studies, and professionally and scientifically processes material evidence of Serbian history. It also maintains and compiles museum collections and gathers information and documentation which can be made available for the public. The museum, in a responsible and professional manner, through its exhibitions, articulates and interprets knowledge about the history of Serbia and the Serbian people as well as other peoples and cultures whi inhabited Serbian territory since the Middle Ages to modern times.

Based on the Decree on the museums competence according to types of art and historic pieces and the territory, the Historical Museum of Serbia is responsible for the artistic and historical artifacts of importance for the history of Serbia. These include weapons and military equipment from the late Middle Ages, uniforms, flags, memorials and memorial items related to significant people and events, maps and atlases, mass produced technical material, stamps, posters, photographs and historical postcards. The museum also conducts the works of property protection and other things of great importance for the history and culture of the Serbian people abroad, such as Hilandar, Hungary, Romania and Trieste, and more recently Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today the museum has 25 collections of over 35,000 objects.

In its close to half a century long existance, the Museum has organized representative exhibitions displayed not only in Belgrade and other cities in the country, but also in Europe and the U.S.: The Obrenović Dynasty - from legacy (1996); Rudolph Archibald Reiss- Witness the Truth about Serbia 1914-1918 (1997); Uniform in Serbia in the 19th and 20th century (2001), The First Serbian Uprising and the Restoration of the Serbian State (2004); Murder of Rulers or Phenomenon of Political Murders in Serbia in the 19th and 20th century (2008); On Heroes and Victors, Victims and Losers - Exhibition of Sculpture (2009); Icon - Serbian Spiritual and Historical Pictures (2011). On the other side, the Historical Museum has also hosted numerous exhibitions from other institutions in the country and abroad - Russia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, China, etc.

Reviews of the Historical Museum of Serbia are featured in a regular publication whose first issues (1954-1965) were actually published by the First Serbian Uprising Museum. As an annual book, it publishes articles, discussions, studies, exhibitions and books, as well as other articles in history, culture, museology. The Museum has also published several outstanding issues, such as Vаltrоvić and Мilutinоvić 1–3 – a field structure, documents and interpretations of contemporary research on the importance of their work on the constitution of cultural heritage protection in Serbia, Album Fruška Gora, Тоpčidеr - Palace of Prince Miloš Obrenović, Museums as Places of Reconciliation, Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Association of Historical Museums held in Belgrade 2008 and many more.

For its exceptional contribution to the development of culture in Serbia and Pan Serbian cultural space, the Museum was awarded Vuk’s prize in 1997.

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Historical Museum of Serbia

Đurе Јаkšićа 9
11000 Bеlgrade
phone: +381 (0)11/ 32 87 242, +381 (0)11/ 21 87 360
fаx: +381 (0)11/ 32 87 243
web: www.imus.org.rs
e-mail: istorijskimuzej@imus.org.rs