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1968.

  • The Zemun National Museum was integrated into the Belgrade City Museum
  • The decision to house the City Museum in the Old Royal Court
  • The Documentation Centre was formed
  • The Memorial Museum of Jovan Cvijić was opened to public

The museum holdings were considerably increased after the Zemun National Museum (established in 1954) was integrated into it (1968) as the Zemun Home Museum. The museum professionals employed at the Zemun National Museum were taken over by the Belgrade City Museum: archaeologists Danica Dimitrijević and Nikola Tasić, art historian Zagorka Marinković and historian Miodrag Dabižić. Temporary topical exhibitions were organized at the Zemun Municipality Building. Since March 4, 1971, the permanent exhibition of the Zemun Home Museum, dedicated to the past of Zemun and its surroundings, has been housed in the adapted house of the Spirta family built in the Gothic Revival style.

The Council of the City Assembly adopted the petition of the Education and Culture Council, based on the expert opinion of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments and supported by cultural and professional circles, to house the Belgrade City Museum in the Old Royal Court and to build a new edifice for the City Assembly.

Occasional reminding of the alarming condition of museum objects scattered in various improvised depots certainly did play an important role in forming the Museum’s Documentation Centre in 1968. Its chief purpose has been to protect the acquisitioned objects. Collecting comprehensive data on Belgrade’s history, accompanied with technological progress, digitization and implementation of standards concerning museum collections have been the priority tasks that set out the development of the Documentation Centre.

The Memorial Museum of Jovan Cvijić was opened to public. It features a permanent museum exhibition in an authentic setting. The exhibition space includes the most representative part of Jovan Cvijić’s legacy: manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, books, objects of applied art, paintings, personal belongings, documents and furniture. In Jovan Cvijić’s home, which makes the setting for the exhibition, the drawing room and the room of his wife Ljubica, with their furnishings and wall decorations designed in the then popular style of Art Nouveau, preserved their original appearance.

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