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Exhibition Tito in Africa – Picturing Solidarity

Collaboration between researchers on the project Socialism Goes Global of the University of Exeter and the Museum of Yugoslavia

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Museum complex

The Museum of Yugoslav History (Muzej istorije Jugoslavije - MIJ) was founded in 1996 as a successor to the Memorial Centre “Josip Broz Tito” and the Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities. It has a collection of more than 200 000 items that illustrate Yugoslav history throughout 20th century, with the special accent on life and work of Josip Broz Tito.

May 25 Museum

The May 25 Museum was purpose-built to the preliminary design of architect Mika Janković as a gift from the City of Belgrade to Tito, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. It was officially opened on May 25, 1962. It has a total floor space of 3,480 m2 with 1,600 m2 of exhibition space on the first floor.

Gifts received by Josip Broz, both at home and abroad, were exhibited, curated, catalogued and studied in this museum until 1982.  Its distinguishing feature was the permanent exhibition of batons. The museum was used for meetings of young people and artists and also presented exhibitions on topical themes from the collection. Visitors to the museum could watch documentaries on the life and work of Josip “Tito” Broz.

The May 25 Museum became the entry and exit facility of the Josip Broz Tito Memorial Centre (1982-1996), the major memorial complex established to preserve and nurture the memory of Josip Broz and to collect, catalogue and display documents and other items connected to his life and work.

Exhibitions of material from the Museum of Yugoslav History collection have been presented in this gallery space since 1992, along with exhibitions and other events organised by the MIJ in collaboration with both local and international partners.

House of Flowers

The House of Flowers was built in 1975, designed by architect Stjepan Kralj as a winter garden with a total of 902 m2 of work and leisure space for Josip Broz, close to his Residence.

It comprises a central flower garden between two parallel utility spaces. Opposite the entrance is an open terrace overlooking Belgrade.  In accordance with his wishes, Tito’s body was interred in the central flower garden in 1980.

Old Museum

Conceived and designed by architect Branko Bon, the Old Museum (870.57 m2) was built in 1964-5.  It was originally used to store and display the many gifts presented to Josip Broz on his travels throughout the country and abroad and for his birthdays.

Since 1987, part of this collection has made up the permanent collection of the Old Museum.  Items of particular interest are a Tanto sword (this 14th Century item is one of the most valuable in the collection), an 1870 national costume from Prizren (the oldest textile item in the collection) and a stone gusle (a one-stringed folk fiddle) which has been crafted from a single piece of stone.