National Museum in Aranđelovac cherishes and exhibits numerous museum items of paleontological, archaeological, ethnological, historical and artistic interest which are also indicative of material and spiritual culture developing in this part of Šumadija. In addition to the permanent exhibition revealing the story on past times of the town from the Stone Age to the 20th century, visitors have the opportunity to see an exhibition of marvelous achievements in the world of contemporary art ceramics.
Another permanent exhibition “Milenijum” has been available for visitors since March 2nd, 2011. The oldest exposed items are telling the story about the life of a Neanderthal man. There are also some tools discovered in Risovača Cave. The steppes with the mammals having been inhabited here in the Middle Stone Age and pictures displaying the life of a Neanderthal man can be seen on the big plotters in the Museum. The skeleton of a cave bear has been assigned the central post in paleontological exhibition. Enjoy the exhibition by travelling through the Copper, Bronze and Iron Age.
One part of the exhibition has been reserved for a lapidarium, a place where medieval gravestones and fragments of some medieval churches and monasteries have been exhibited. Among exhibited items, there is a monument dating back to XIV or XV century which has suggested the existence of a Serbian aristocratic family the Živčić (brothers Mildrug, Dobruj and Plnoša). The text on the monument has been mostly unravelled conveying that a perpetrator of double murder had been imposed with an unknown kind of punishment.
Recent history encompasses both Serbian uprisings. There is an original shotgun that belonged to Tanasko Rajić. Visitors are privileged to see the World War I and II equipment of a Thessalonica and Austria-Hungarian soldier as well as a large number of shotguns and machine guns.
Ethnographic part of the exhibition displays the reconstructed fireplace, buildings typical for Šumadija, objects used by farmers and cattle breeders and some of exemplary craftwork items. Recent history refers to the development of the town itself and Bukovička banja. A lot of informative and descriptive legends enable visitors to see the exhibition on their own, but in need of professional guidance, there are also our curators and guides available.
Retrospective exhibition of contemporary art ceramics
Retrospective ceramics items made at the symposium Svet keramike (eng. World of Ceramics) since 1974 on are available to be seen as of January 21st in the National Museum in Aranđelovac. The Museum has one of the most comprehensive art ceramics collections in Europe which consists of about 600 items. There are 54 artists who contributed to establishement of contemporary art ceramics and its equality with other artistic disciplines in Serbian and Yugoslavian world of art.
At the same time, for this particular exhibition there have been also selected some works by foreign renowned artists. Some of them are Merili Opperman (Brazil), Andre Viloks (Belgium), Federiko Bonaldi (Italy), Tadej Bratelj (Slovenia), Gamal Eldin Ahmed Abud (Egypt), Panduranga Daroz (India) and many others. Among domestic authors there are: Mirjana Isaković, Mirko Orlandini, Velimir Vukićević, Tijana Dujović, Ana Popov and some younger artists such as Biljana Lane Rakanović, Larisa Ackov, Ivana Rackov and many others.