On my recent trip to Serbia I’ve visited the Museum of Yugoslav History (Muzej istorije Jugoslavije) located in the Dedinje district of Belgrade. As its name suggests, the museum is dedicated to the history of Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, it is only dedicated to a history of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a country that existed from the end of WW2 to 1990s. An era of its predecessor the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which existed from the end of the WW1 to the 1945 is not included.
Tito’s statue in the museum garden
The main emphasis of the museum is the persona of the former lifetime president of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito. In fact, the main exhibition at the Old Museum (one of three museum buildings), is a collection of the Tito’s personal objects, thousands of batons used in the annual “relay of youth” which took place on 25 May each year to celebrate Tito’s birthday and the gifts Tito received by various foreign dignitaries, statesman and delegations. Moreover, the museums premises also contain the so-called “House of Flowers“, which is the final resting place of Tito. Therefore, the much more accurate name for the museum would be “Museum of Tito”. Continue reading