The National Museum in Belgrade was founded in 1844, as a Serbian Museum (Muzeum serbski), to collect antiquities in one place and to safeguard them for posterity. As well as to protect Serbian heritage and constitute the national identity. For many years the museum was closed for public, however, in 2018 it has been finally renovated and reopened.
In this article, we give you 5 good reasons why you should visit the National Museum in Belgrade!
1) EASY ACCESSIBLE LOCATION AND BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE
The national museum is located in the heart of Belgrade, on the Republic square. It is located inside an architectural masterpiece from 1903, which was designed by Serbian architects Andra Stevanović and Nikola Nestorović (same architects who designed Geozavod building). The building was originally built for purposes of the Treasury Directorate. It is a representative of monumental public palaces architecture built at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Stylistically, it is a mix of academic eclecticism and neo-renaissance architectural elements.
2) GET TO KNOW PREHISTORY OF THE BALKANS
On the ground floor, you can observe many interesting artifacts from the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. Find out more about prehistoric people who lived on the territory of Serbia, and even the Balkans. Hear the story about the super interesting culture of Lepenski Vir, Starcevo and Vinca and get inspired by their artistic skills and the way of life.
3) SEE THE PIECES OF OLD MASTERS
Did you hear about how the National museum has original masterpieces by Picasso and Rembrandt in their permanent collection? Would you like to see masterpieces by Van Gogh or Mondrian? Yes, it’s not a joke. Come and see for yourself!
4) TEMPORARY EXHIBITION
There is one exhibition space where the museum showcases temporary exhibitions. Last time I have seen the sculptures by Ivan Mestrovic, who was the most established sculptor in the Kingdom, as well as SFR Yugoslavia. He was one of the favorite artists of Tito. In future exhibitions, you can get insights into the art history of Serbia and even beyond.
5) MORE THAN AFFORDABLE TICKET
The ticket for both permanent and temporary exhibitions is around 4 euros. You won’t find this price in any other European museum. Believe it or not, for many years during the existence of SFR Yugoslavia most of the museums were free of charge for all audiences.
Visit the official website here.