The largest and the oldest museum in Serbia, the National Museum in Belgrade, will finally open its doors on 28th June, after 14 years of renovation.
There are parts of the museum that are going to be opened to the public for the very first time. A total of 4,200 square meters of the Museum’s façade were renovated and 276 windows were replaced.
Director of the National Museum, Bojana Boric Breskovic says that when the renovation of that cultural institution is completed at the end of June, the visitors will be able to see a total of 3,000 exhibits on nearly 5,000 square meters.
According to her, although all of the renovation works should be completed by 31st March, the Museum will need a couple of months to do the finishing touches so that the opening goes without a glitch.
“The most important thing is that the Museum will be opened this year”, Boric Breskovic says.
The Museum’s director adds that there are a total of 200,000 exhibits in the museum’s collection mostly archeological and numismatic. The main archaeological collection consists of sculptures from Vinca (6th–5th millennium BC) such as Lady of Vinca and Lepenski Vir (7th millennium BC). There are also numerous sculptures, weapons, helmets and other items from ancient Rome, 1,005 items from ancient Greece and various items of Celtic origin. The most valuable pieces from that period are Dupljaja Chariot (16th-13th century BC), golden masks from Trebeniste (6th century BC), household sets from Jabucje (1st century AD), the Belgrade Cameo (4th century) and a Silver belt with swastika (5th century BC). There is also a collection from ancient Egypt. The most famous piece is a rare gold sarcophagus and mummy of the Egyptian priest Nesmin.
There are also many artifacts from the Medieval Serbia like Theodora’s Ring, plus the valuable works of art by the Serbian 20th century impressionists like Nadezda Petrovic.
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