Top Museums in Belgrade
There is no shortage of museums in Belgrade. With almost 40 museums Belgrade offers their visitors a unique experience during their stay in Belgrade.
All visitors will have a chance to select museums according their interest in as little time as possible. Museums cover all aspects of cultural and historical life of Belgrade and Serbia.
I’ve selected 16 most important museums and galleries in Belgrade. This collection will help you to know everything about Belgrade museums.
Museums in Belgrade General Features
On this page you’ll find all important information about museums. It will include some practical indications like.
- Where is the museum?
- How do you get there?
- Is it open? Will it be on the day I’m planning?
No less important will be tips like, what are the entry costs or are there any discounts. On the other hand, I let you know what’s on display and what will you see in each of them.
At the same time you will get useful info if there are any events currently on or if museum arranges internal guided tour in your language.
In conclusion, it won’t be neglected some museums rules you should know. Do children will be comfortable there, is it allowed to use a camera or mobile phone, or you may or may not touch exposed objects.
Bests museums to visit
National Museum in Belgrade
If you are planing to stay in Belgrade just for a day. you should plan carefully your itinerary. Therefore, this museum is probably the most important museum in Serbia.
For the most part of visitor this will be your starting point while walking around Belgrade city center. The fact that the National Museum is opened in Belgrade after it was closed for 15 years, is a good reason to visit it.
The National Museum in Belgrade is the most significant and the oldest Serbian museum.The museum's collections have over 400,000 most representative and superior archeological, historical and art works today. It displays 34 archeological, numismatic, artistic and historical collections.
1. Museums inside museum
This title may seem a little misleading for first time visitors. In the first place, it refers to Kalemegdan park and its famous fortress.
Namely, many visitors will inevitably choose to visit this Belgrade’s top sights. But, most of them don’t know that this site, hides some important museums in Belgrade.
Here are two of museums, worth visiting:
Military Museum represents one of the symbols of Belgrade Fortress. Permanent display covers a 14 century period of fighting for freedom, more exactly from migration of Slavs on Balkan Peninsula and establishing of first South Slavic medieval countries until last war conflicts during the 1990’s.
Within the Belgrade Fortress, a building that was once a Turkish guardhouse now serves as exhibition space for the varied collection of fossils, minerals, flora and preserved fauna. This gallery makes part of the Natural History Museum. It’s a good spot for families with kids.
2. Belgrade city Museum
Belgrade like every city over the world has its own city museum. Old building is Located in Zmaj Jovina 1 street. It’s one of the museums that doesn’t have its own permanent exhibition showroom.
Due to, its vast and rich collections, several other buildings hold permanent exhibits of famous artists and scientists from Serbia. Consequently, there are several separate exhibitions open for visitors.
In the first place, some of museums like Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the Museum of Ivo Andrić and Paja Jovanović Museum are the most visited. If you have enough time, museums like Banjica Concentration Camp, Sekulic Icon Collection and Vinca Archeological Site should be on your bucket list.
Princess Ljubica Konak (Residence)
The residence of princess Ljubica
It's one of the most important monumental buildings in Belgrade.It's one of best preserved memorials of the Obrenović dynasty. This residence (Konak in Serbian) was constructed from 1829 to 1831. The Residence had been intended as a luxurious court of the Serbian ruling dynasty. The exhibition includes a representative selection of fine and applied art objects. The most objects date from the 19th century
Where is this museum? The residence is located in Kneza Sime Markovića 8 Street. Opening hours –
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10 Am to 05 PM. On Friday from 10 AM to 06 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 02 PM. On Monday museum is closed. Entrance fee – adults 200 RSD, children and students 100 RSD. Free of charge: every last Saturday in a month.
Ivo Andric museum
Museum of Ivo Andric
This museum is dedicated to Ivo Andric, one of the most important Yugoslav writers. He received the Nobel’s Prize for literature in 1961. His the most prominent novel is ‘The Bridge on the Drina’. He was born in Travnik, raised in Višegrad, educated in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Vienna, Krakow. He came to Belgrade in 1919, and started his diplomatic career, which would last until the Second World War.
Where is this museum? The residence is located in Andrićev venac 8/1 Street. Opening hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10 Am to 05 PM. On Friday from 10 AM to 06 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 02 PM. On Monday museum is closed. Entrance fee – adults 200 RSD, children and students 100 RSD. Free of charge: every last Saturday in a month.
Paja Jovanovic Museum
Paja Jovanovic is one of the most famous Serbian painters. Although he never spent much time in Belgrade due to his cosmopolitan spirit he dedicated almost 800 objects to Belgrade. In addition to his wish to be buried in Belgrade, Belgrade City Museum fulfilled the painter’s wish to open to public the Museum of this painter.
Where is this museum? The museum is located in 21 Kralja Milana Street, 4th floor. Opening hours Only on Friday from 10 AM to 18 PM, on Saturday from 10 AM to o5 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 02 PM. Entrance fee – adults 200 RSD, children and students 100 RSD. Free of charge: every last Saturday in a month.
3. Memorial museums in Belgrade
In the recent history of Belgrade, there are some events and periods that have remained deeply in the memory of Belgraders. Above all, period of ex Yugoslavia and the figure of Tito, Yugoslav president, are still alive. As a result, there are two museums, that recall this period.
The Museum of Yugoslav History is the most visited museum in Serbia with over 100.000 visitors per year. It was created in 1996 by integration of the 25th May Museum, the Memorial Center Josip Broz Tito and the Museum of the Revolution of the People of Yugoslavia. The space it resides includes a part of the former residential complex of Josip Broz Tito in Belgrade. The museum complex includes a 3.2 hectare park and a museum space of 5.252 square meters.
House of Flowers
The House of Flowers is part of the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia. In the first place, it is one of the most visited tourist places in Belgrade. The building was built in 1975 only 5 years after Tito’s death. From the terrace on the opposite side of the entrance visitors can admire there is a beautiful view of Belgrade. This point has been considered the most attractive location in Belgrade.
Where are these museums? Both museum are located in the same complex. The museum is located in Mihajla Мike Јаnkovica 6 street. Opening hours – Every day except on Mondays from 10 AM to 18 PM. Entrance fee – adults 400 RSD, children and students 200 RSD. Free of charge: first Thursday of the month from 4 PM until 6 PM.
4. Technical and natural history museums
In addition to cultural and historical museums, there are several appealing museums of technical and scientific nature. Particularly, stand out museums which show Serbia’s contributions to science, medicine and technology.
Community of Science and Technology Museums consists of several museums. Singularly, I have listed some of most visited museums:
This wonderful museum displays Serbia’s contributions to science, medicine and technology. Particularly,interesting for its excellent displays and interactive exhibits (all in English). It’s appropriate for both adults and kids.
The Railway Museum in Belgrade was founded in 1950. With its permanent display museum presents journey through development of Yugoslav Railways. Especially is interesting section of Blue Train (President Tito’s special train).
Where is this museum? In Krunska 51 street. Working hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:45 AM to 8 PM. On Mondays is closed. Entrance fee: Ticket for guided tour in English 500 RSD (Tour price is per tour, not per person). Children under 7 years old have free entrance.
In the meantime, while waiting for your flight, take a look at this museum. It’s just next to the Belgrade airport. It's a little more expensive than other museums (800 RSD). You’ll be surprised of the volume of planes scattered all around. Everything from early aviation history to WW2 to cold war relics.You can even climb in one of the practice planes. It's open daily from 9 AD to 5 PM. On Mondays is closed.
If you are fan of the old cars than this is a place you 'must' visit.It is amazing collection of the old cars from the early days of the car industry. All displays are nicely displayed with short description and technical data. For small fee you will have fantastic voyage trough automobile history.
Where is this museum? In Majke Jevrosime n° 30 street. Working hours: every day from 9.30 AM to 8 PM. Entrance fee: adults 200 RSD, children 80 RSD.
5. Contemporary Art Galleries
If you are looking for art, all roads lead to Belgrade. Belgrade has been always a real creative hub an an international art center. Therefore, Serbia’s most excellent art galleries are in Belgrade. Belgrade is the right place for art lover’s.
Sets in the Belgrade Old City downtown at PariskA 14 street, this salon represents an integral part of Museum of Contemporary Art at Usce, at New Belgrade. The Salon’s exhibition is dedicated mainly on younger artists and the latest tendencies. In particular, almost all major visual artists from former Yugoslavia had the opportunity to display their works here.
Where is this salon? In Pariska Street, n°14. Opening hours: from 12 AM to 20 PM. Closed on Tuesdays. Entrance fee: it’s free of charge.
This is one of the most visited museums in Belgrade. It is situated in very center of Old Town district. The Museum hosts a collection of national and international applied art. The area of applied art rangs from metal and jeweler, furniture, textile, costume, ceramics, glass and porcelain to posters. Museum has also architecture salon and collective presentations of the upcoming designers, including a sales space
Where is this museum? In Vuka Karadzića n° 18 street! Working hours: From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 AM to 19 PM. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Entrance fee: Adults 200 RSD, groups (7+ visitors) 100 RSD. Note: free of charge on the last Saturday of every month. Museum Shop has the same opening hours.
6. Belgrade Street Art
It’s not about museums but sometimes streets can be a place of new wave in art. The street art. Therefore, Belgrade streets can be a real art gallery.
When you think of graffiti, your first association refers to offensive inscriptions that ruin city’s facades. Belgrade streets were one of them.
Belgrade tries to transform these ugly messages into an artistic format that symbolizes the urban spirit of the city. There are many streets that has been converted into a real street gallery. You can read more about this street art here!
One of street galleries, established in Belgrade, a few years ago, is located near Nikola Pasic square. Just between this square and Nusic street, there is a passage called, ‘Čavketov pasaž’ (named by legendary rock drummer).
If you happen to be near Terazije (with famous city landmark – Hotel Moskva), take a walk to this passage. You will be amazed by the many graffiti and stencils on the walls of the surrounding buildings.
Together with this artistic wall art, don’t miss a small marked space on the asphalt, called ‘A place fro kissing’, the work of the students of the Faculty of Media and Communications from 2012.