All three buildings that make up the Museum of Yugoslavia were previously part of the “Josip Broz Tito” Memorial Centre.
The 25 May Museum was opened on 25 May 1962. It was built by the City of Belgrade as a present to Josip Broz Tito, the President of Yugoslavia, for his 70th birthday. This museum way used to display presents that Tito have received up until 1962. A special collection of Relay of Youth batons were on display in this museum. On 16 November 1982, the “Josip Broz Tito” Memorial Centre was founded and the 25 May Museum became part of the Centre. Memorial centre included several buildings and institutions located mainly in Belgrade, but also in other parts of Yugoslavia (Tito’s birth house in Kumrovec was part of the Centre). The House of Flowers where Tito was buried was also the part of the Memorial Centre. Most buildings that made up the Memorial Centre were located in the same park in the Dedinje district of Belgrade. In 1984, the Memorial Collection Building was opened as the annex of the 25 May Museum building. The Memorial Collection displayed Tito’s medals and decorations and his personal belongings.
The Old Museum building was named so after the 25 May Museum (new museum) was opened. It displays museum piece that chronicle the culture, ethnography of Yugoslavia.
After his death on 4 May 1980, Josip Broz Tito was buried in the House of Flowers, set in the Memorial Centre grounds. The Centre had a collection of more than 75.000 items that illustrate the history of Yugoslavia throughout the 20th century, with the special accent on the life and work of Tito himself. It also kept an extensive collection of the gifts Tito received during his many visits with foreign dignitaries during his presidency.
For his 70th birthday, Josip Broz Tito received the most imposing gift from the city of Belgrade – May 25 Museum. As a significant example of the high modern and one of the rare examples of total design in the architecture of Belgrade, the building was designed by Mihailo Mika Janković.
The Museum was open to the public with the intention of exhibiting numerous gifts, sent to the president of the SFRY from the country and abroad.
Museum of Yugoslavia is an open institution that encourages different actors to actively perceive the present by modern interpretation of the past. Our mission is to be the place of open dialogue, to exchange knowledge and experiences on the social and cultural phenomena of the 20th century with all institutions, organizations and individuals interested in issues on Yugoslav heritage and Yugoslav past. Through our programs and activities, we encourage social memory and culture of remembrance related to development of the Yugoslav idea, since the creation of the Yugoslav state as a kingdom, until its breakup in the early 1990s. By the innovative approach to unique collections and preserved testimonies of Yugoslavia we offer authentic insights, knowledge and experiences through exhibition, educational and interactive programs to our visitors.
Regular guided tours at the Museum of Yugoslavia are organized every weekend from 11.00 a.m. in English, as well as from 12.00 noon in Serbian language. In the Museum of Yugoslavia, it is possible to schedule guidances in a desired time, with a focus on a variety of topics.
Adults 400 din
Students and pupils 200 din
Children under the age of 10 free
Free entrance for all visitors on every first Thursday of the month, on May 4 and on May 25
Museum of Yugoslavia organizes guided tours through the permanent exhibition in Serbian sign language for the deaf and hearing-impaired visitors. Guided tours are scheduled via email.
Wheelchair users are granted access to the May 25 Museum in the Museum of Yugoslavia complex.