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Information about the opening of the exhibition "Imagining the Balkans ..."

Exhibition Imaginin the Balkans - Tradition and Memories in the long 19th century

European Heritage Days in Montenegro

The  problem of protection of medieval stecak tombstones









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National Museum of Montenegro


National Museum of Montenegro in Cetinje is a complex institution consisting of four museums: Museum of History (composed of the King Nikola Museum, Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, Njegoš`s birthhouse, Njegoš`s  Mausoleum on Lovcen, the court church Cipur, the Mausoleum of Bishop Danilo on Orlov krš and the Relief of Montenegro), the Art Museum with the Modern art gallery Dado Duric, the Ethnographic Museum and the newly founded Archaeological Museum with Lapidarium. Museums are situated in buildings that are cultural and historical monuments of the utmost importance.


National Museum of Montenegro has a larger number of professional services (conservation, documentation, information center ...) as well as archival and library departments with approximately  50,000 bibliographical and 100,000 archival units.


Collection of museum exhibits on the territory of present-day Montenegro can be traced back to the ancient past. In a modern sense, however, it is possible to record the traces as of late fifteenth century, the time when Cetinje was established as a political and spiritual centre of Montenegro . The residences of Ivan Crnojevic and the Vranjine Metropolitan, built at the time, contained rich stores of cultural-historical treasure as well as archive and book collections. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century, collecting is to be associated chiefly with the Montenegrin Metropolitans, while the nature of the collected items relates primarily to church history.

Since the end of the eighteenth century, especially since the great victories over the Turks at Martinici and Krusi in 1796, war relics were also collected, such as flags, arms, and decorations. It is precisely the collection of such objects, which was enhanced over the entire nineteenth century, that has an important place in the current exhibitions of the National Museum (King Nikola’s Palace, permanent exhibition of Historical Museum, Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš ).

As early as the rule of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, when Biljarda became the ruler’s residence in 1838, war relics – that is the most prominent ones – were displayed in some of the rooms in these residences, evidently on purpose.

The initiative to establish a real museum in the modern sense of the word, however, dates back from the late 1870 ies, and was further defined in 1893, on the occasion of celebrating 400 years from the establishment of the Crnojevici printing house. The institution was officially founded in 1896, the year of enacting the Law on Royal Montenegrin Library and Museum.

This museum complex, situated at the historical centre of the Montenegrin historical capital and the metaphysical core of this small country, contains the most important material and spiritual traces of the existence of Montenegrin people and in part that of the other nations inhabiting the territory of present-day Montenegro. The museum items, as can be seen from the "ID cards" of certain museum departments, are most different in their character: archaeological sources, written and printed documents, war relics (arms, flags, uniforms, coats-of arms), furniture, various types of ethnographic items covering the entire ethnographic subject matter of present-day Montenegro, art works (holy paintings - icons, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, installations) originating from the medieval period to late twentieth century.


The museum departments dedicated to particular persons – Prince-Bishop and writer Petar II Petrovic Njegoš and the last Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrovic Njegoš - have special appeal. 



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Tourist map of Cetinje


Tourist map of Cetinje


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Vladin dom - National Museum of Montenegro

Historical Museum, Art Museum & Archaeology Museum in Vladin Dom

King Nikola`s Palace

King Nikola`s Museum



Njegoš`s Museum Biljarda


Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum


Gallery Dado

Montenegrin Gallery of Arts Miodrag Dado Đuric


Chipur church

Court church Cipur


Mausoleum on Lovcen

Njegoš`s Mausoleum on Lovcen


Orlov krs

Mausoleum of Bishop Danilo (Orlov krs)




.Map of Montenegro

Map of Montegro


Birthhouse of Petar II Petrovic Njegos

Njegoš`s birthhouse



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