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The Museum of Yugoslavia is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the complex Yugoslav heritage.The museum displays exhibits from all stages of development and subsequent decline of Yugoslavia – from the emergence of the idea of a joint state of South Slavs through the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia to the eventual breakup of the country and the accompanying phenomenon of Yugo-nostalgia.
The museum complex comprises the Presidential Residence, the old Museum of Yugoslavia (where presents made to the head of state are kept) and the “25 May” Museum, where exhibitions are held.
The presents received by Josip Broz Tito during his visits to heads of state and foreign officials include photographs, clothes, weapons, medals and items made of silver and ivory. Thus, here you can see a 6th-Century Corinthian helmet, a present from the Greek King Paul I, an ancient Ethiopian shield and an antique Japanese Tinto dagger made in the 14th Century.
The Museum’s library includes books on history, arts, ethnology and other topics, while the photo collection contains photographs of all official events attended by President Tito between 1947 and 1980.
The former residence of the Yugoslav President, known as the “House of Flowers”, was converted to a museum after his death. It is also his resting place, visited by thousands of his followers and admirers every year.
The “25 May” Museum, which is also part of the complex of the Museum of Yugoslavia, holds interesting exhibitions which will help you understand the unique culture and history of a country that is no more.
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