Military Museum - basic information
Founded in 1878, this is one of the oldest museums in Serbia. It keeps military items, among which are various types of weapons, uniforms, flags, decorations, and in its yard there are examples of artillery weapons. The museum is located almost in the very center of the Kalemegdan Fortress, in the building of the former Military Geographical Institute, and therefore represents an unavoidable part of the tour of exploring Belgrade.
History of the Military Museum
The Military Museum was founded in 1878, after Serbia declared independence from the Ottoman Empire. It was originally housed in an old building, and was officially opened in 1904 on the occasion of the centenary of the First Serbian Uprising. A large part of the exhibits were gifts from warriors or their families and descendants. Unfortunately, the museum was demolished during the First World War, and the museum collection was mostly damaged. However, after the war, the museum found its new place, and reopened its doors to visitors in 1937. The museum has been in the building where it is located today since 1959. Despite the devastation that followed during World War II, the museum has significantly improved its collection, which today numbers over 33,000 items arranged in 15 collections.
Military Museum exhibitions
The museum covers an area of 2,300 square meters, which houses collections dating back to the settlement of Slavs in the Balkans, the wars for liberation from Turkish rule and finally, from the period of wars that were fought in the 1990s. The first floor is dedicated to the period until the end of the First World War, while the installation on the second floor is dedicated to the Second World War and the socialist revolution. In addition, in the museum yard and surroundings, there is a large number of armored vehicles of German, Russian, American production, as well as large weapons - cannons, howitzers, etc. Some of the historical periods that the museum covers are:
- The Battle of Kosovo
- Serbian despotism and its fall under Turkish rule
- Military frontier
- First and Second Serbian Uprising
- Serbian-Turkish wars
- Balkan wars
- World War I and World War II
Opening hours and ticket prices of the Military Museum
- Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and the last ticket sale is at 4 pm.
- Price: for adults 350 dinars, group ticket for adults is 300 dinars, for pupils and students is 250 dinars, while family visits are 500 dinars.
How to get to the Military Museum?
The museum is located within the Kalemegdan Fortress, so you will not need much time to get to it from the city center.
- On foot: It takes about ten minutes from Trg republike, through Knez Mihailova Street or Vase Carapica Street.
- Public transport: Nearby is the Kalemegdanski Park station, where trams 2 and 11 stop. Trolleybuses 28, 29, 41 and buses 31, 22a and E9 stop at the Studentski trg station.
- Taxi: Pink Taxi - 19803; 0800 11 9803; 065 488 99 77 Safe Tax BG - 060 8801010, Lux Taxi -011 3033 123