Similar to other countries worldwide, museums in Serbia have started to develop in the years after the Second World War. Several of them are situated in architectural masterpieces, while others in historic and former industrial buildings. Collections vary in range from contemporary arts, Neolithic artifacts, old-timers, first computers to weapons, collections dedicated to the culture and history of Yugoslavia, and legacies of artists and scientists.
I will start with the most visited museums in Belgrade, which are according to statistics on visitation The Yugoslav History Museum, The National Museum, Museum of Nikola Tesla, Military Museum, and The Contemporary Art Museum.
The Yugoslav History Museum stands in one representative building from the post-war period and includes Tito’s private belongings, artifacts, and information on the culture of Yugoslavia, Tito’s mausoleum, and temporary exhibitions which often deal with current topics, and sometimes with the history of Yugoslavia. In recent times, this museum has opened a bar where visitors can grab a drink, as well as a museum shop that sells a bunch of interesting items inspired by the culture of Yugoslavia. Likewise, the entire venue stands in one beautiful natural environment on the outskirts of the city, outside the city bustle.
Another must-visit museum is the National Museum, which stands in the heart of the city and owns collections that are definitely worth visiting. I have written about this museum some time ago, therefore more information is available at this link.
Likewise, the MoCAB-Museum of Contemporary Arts Belgrade occupies another post-war masterpiece, that stands in the beautiful natural environment on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Next to its desirable location, and a super interesting building, it has a collection of contemporary artists from Yugoslavia ranging from the period of the beginnings of the country till 2000. This museum is also home to temporary exhibitions from the field of contemporary arts.
The Tesla museum is one of the most popular amongst the visitors of Belgrade. It is situated in a villa in Vracar and next to Tesla’s urn it exhibits some of his private belongings and models of his inventions with information and very knowledgeable guides. If you do not quite understand Tesla’s work I would suggest booking a tour of this museum so you can get insights on the value of this genuine scientist and his life and work. According to the plans, this Museum will be moved to the Sava Amphitheater in the building of the former Railways.
Next to the mentioned museums, there is a Military Museum which stands on Belgrade fortress. This museum exhibits an interesting collection of weapons and presents a historical overview of the development of military equipment.
Besides those museums, there are plenty of other super interesting legacies, public and private collections that are worth visiting. I will name just a few The Museum of Science and Technology (this is a kids-friendly museum); Museum of Applied Arts (this one has very peculiar temporary exhibitions); Museum of Ethnography; Zepter private museum of contemporary art, Museum of Sport; Museum of Vuk and Dositej (try to understand Serbian culture); Museum of African Arts; The house of Jevrem Grujic; The Jewish Museum and Museum on Banjica (which are dedicated to the Holocaust and the destiny of Jewish people in Serbia); the Museum of Serbian history; the House of Petar Lubarda which was one of the most successful Yugoslav artists; Museum of old cars and Aeronautical museum; Houses of geographer Jovan Cvijic; Museum of Nobel prize laureate Ivo Andric and very peculiar private museum Macura in Novi Banovci not so far from Belgrade which exhibits contemporary arts and design. You can find more info on this museum in one of my older posts on contemporary art galleries.
Tickets for museums in Belgrade are often available at the price of 3 to 5 euros per person, which makes tickets more affordable than in other museums across the globe.
If you are an art and museum lover I would suggest you pick your top 3 museums from this selection, buy a public transport ticket, or rent a bike and enjoy your time in the city.
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