Ethnological department

The Ethnological Department of the National Museum was created when the Museum itself was founded. After the Second World War, thanks to the private collection of the famous merchant Grinbaum(Veliki Bečkerek), as well as items donated by the Kolo srpskih sestara, Charitable Society, the collections of the Ethnological Department were significantly increased. The collections were expanded and largely completed through the systematic and planned purchase of ethnological exhibits. Today, the Ethnology Department stores over 3,500 exhibits divided into several segments – Economy, Domestic Crafts, Housing, Clothing, Social Life and Spiritual Culture, and Written and Audio-Video Sources.

Among the collections of the Ethnological Department, the collection of gold embroidery stands out for its cultural, historical, aesthetic and artistic value, which consists of over 100 exhibits. This collection consists of Serbian and Romanian ceremonial folk costumes from the end of the 19th and the first two decades of the 20th century. The gold embroidery on these objects was mostly done in the vicinity of Zrenjanin, where there were the most famous centers of gold embroidery (Kumane, Melenci and Elemir). The most representative exhibits from this collection are Serbian bridal headdresses – goldsmiths and jeges.



Mr. Rajka Grubić, museum adviser

Branka Sikimić, an higher curator and ethnologist
collections: Housing and Clothing

Ksenija Đukić, curator-ethnologist for intangible cultural heritage
collections: Social life, spiritual culture, and Written and audio-video sources

Aleksandra Đukić, curator-ethnologist
Collections: Economy and Domestic Industry