About the Museum

The Mission of the National Museum of Zrenjanin

 

The mission of the National Museum of Zrenjanin is to preserve, protect, present, and interpret the rich cultural heritage of Central Banat in the fields of nature, archeology, ethnology, art, and history, as well as to provide education and accessibility to all visitors.

The Vision of the National Museum of Zrenjanin

 

The vision of the National Museum of Zrenjanin is to serve as a leading example of the organization, presentation, and sustainable use of cultural heritage and to function as an important institution and setting for the interpretation of the historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Central Banat and Serbia.

The National Museum of Zrenjanin, which actively cultivates multiculturalism, plays a significant role in the social life of the local community and receives a sizable number of visitors annually. Following contemporary museological tendencies, the Museum places particular emphasis on educational programs and applies them through workshops and other activities – exhibitions, screenings, promotions, etc.

Through its varied and diverse programs, various groups of the local community are included – children of school and preschool age, people with special needs, amateur groups, professional associations, the elderly, etc.

The goal of the Zrenjanin Museum is to function at the highest level of quality in the field of European museums and corresponding institutions.

History of the Museum

 

The museum was founded in 1906 as the Torontal District Museum, by decision of the Municipal Board, and at the initiative of the Torontal District Cultural Association. Soon after, in 1911, the Museum began welcoming and working with the public.

The Zrenjanin National Museum belongs to the category of museum institutions of a complex type and native character. The area of ​​central Banat is the primary and essential scope of its function, exhibitions, and research work. In this way, the rich cultural heritage of the area in the field of nature, archeology, ethnology, art, and history have come within the framework of systematic protection and professional processing of a specialized institution with certified experts in all relevant fields. Within the collections of the five departments of the Museum, over 33,000 museum items are housed.

The Permanent Exhibition space of the Museum covers an area of 1200 m2. On the first floor, visitors have the opportunity to see the Art Collections of the Permanent Exhibitions, divided into two segments – the Applied Arts Collection and the Fine Arts Collection. Also on the first floor is the Sports History Room. Divisions of the Permanent Exhibitions on the second floor of the National Museum include the exhibitions of the Department of Natural History, the Department of Archeology, the Department of History, and the Department of Ethnology. Exhibitions of the collections are displayed within both the Permanent Exhibitions and thematic, temporary, and chamber exhibitions.

Currently, the National Museum of Zrenjanin also features three exhibition spaces on the ground floor of the building: the Salon, the Small Salon, and the Hall of the Museum, which has been adapted into an exhibition space.

About the Building

 

The museum has been located at its current address since 1966, in the building of the former Financial Palace. The building was built in 1893 according to the designs of the architect Istvan Kiš. It is a representative of the academist-neo-renaissance styles and belongs to the sector of representative typical architecture that falls under state protection as a cultural monument. The building is located within the city’s most prominent architectural ensemble, which includes the City Hall, the Toša Jovanović National Theater, the Cathedral, and the Small Bridge, the oldest bridge in the city.