A visit to the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade tends to inform a visitor about a way of living in the western part of the Balkan region, how people socialized, how everyday life looked like, and more. As you enter the museum (and leave your umbrellas at the predicted stand), a great gallery with traditional garments of the late 19th and early 20th century opens in front of you. You’ll swiftly notice huge differences in the appearance between the Balkan region and the rest of Europe. Although living in poverty and under foreign rule, in general, simple garments were embellished with decorative motifs nevertheless, which indicated social, marriage and other statuses.
On the mid-level, samples of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage from Zmijanje are exhibited. The Zmijanje embroidery is featured exclusively by its dark blue patterns in various shapes on a white background. You can also familiarize on this level with the period jewelry, belts, interesting rugs, tapestries and other objects in daily use.
On the last level, the interiors of the residential houses are displayed, as well as vehicles of various types, agronomy, fishing and other tools. Take a glimpse into a simple, but very practical room, how the houses used to be decorated for the slava (a religious festival devoted to a patron saint of the house and family), Ottoman and European inspired interiors, etc. Models of different house types (wooden, stone, etc.) are also attached.
If such an extensive permanent exhibition somehow failed to satisfy your curiosity, you can also take advantage of a temporary exhibition in a separate hall, where interesting objects and paintings by various artists are on display.