National Museum

Top choice museum in Belgrade

Lack of funding for renovations kept Serbia's National Museum mostly shuttered for 15 years, but it's much ballyhooed 2018 reopening has been a great source of national pride – it awoke from the dead on Vidovdan (28 June), the country's national day – and for good reason. Built in 1903 and reconstructed multiple times over the years, the latest €12 million makeover frames some 5000 sq-m of exhibition space over three floors.

Highlights include works by Croatian Ivan Meštrović, the most celebrated sculptor of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; archaeological treasures from Roman-era Serbia; and extensive galleries dedicated to both 18th- and 19th-century Serbian art and 20th-century Yugoslavian art. Don't miss the museum's most haunting corner, where Stevan Aleksić's The Burning of the Remains of St Sava (1912) sits sidesaddle to Đorđe Krstić's The Fall of Stalać (1903), two hyper-realistic and menacing oils on canvas.


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