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Natural History Museum


At New Year’s Day of 1896, the prominent naturalists have written the Call for building the premises of Natural Science Museum (Poklič za podizanje zgrade Jestastveničkog muzeja). Their dream remained unfulfilled to this very day. Generations of employees have been constantly updating the collections, increasing their main activities and achieving reputable results in museological, scientific and educational activities, but always in the same cramped space – the former classrooms of 1st Girls’ High School.

In the Museum Night, on May 15th-16th 2010, there was an organized promotion of the poster 115 years of existence and activities of Natural History Museum, introducing the Exhibition as the central manifestation which will be open on Museum Day, December 19th 2010.

Natural History Museum visiting elementary school students in Lazarevac

On Wednesday, September 13th 2010, while participating in the traditional manifestation “44th October Bell” at the E.S. “Dule Karaklajić” at Lazarevac, the Natural History Museum has presented the popular “Superman’s” mineral jadarite and the numerous activities of the Museum. The Director of the Museum, Slavko Spasić, invited the teachers and pedagogical staff at this school to cooperation. All the interested visitors were introduced to jadarite and its characteristics in a popular way.

Aleksandra Savić, curator of the Museum in charge of PR, presented the history and activities of the museum, its programs, exhibitions and activities.

The audience was particularly interested in “unusual” exhibitions: exhibition of live snakes in 2004 and exhibition of dinosaurs from Argentina in 2009/2010.

The specimen of mineral jadarite will be presented to public in the school library until October 14th 2010. In addition to this specimen, the Museum composed an exhibit of numerous photographs of various minerals, puzzles and a banner with the popular Superman who is designed in a comic way and holding this mineral in one hand.

The audience at the presentation of Museum included 8th grade students, teachers, and representatives of cultural institutions, media and many interested citizens of Lazarevac.

"Superman's" Jadarite

Teacher and students from E.S. “Dule Karaklajić”

M. Davidović, Principal of E.S. “Dule Karaklajić” and S. Spasić, Director of Natural History Museum

Director of Natural History Museum, Slavko Spasić

Bearded Vulture (Gypaeatus barbatus)

Museum Night, May 15th 2010, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Exhibitions of Natural History Museum in four locations!

Within the manifestation Museum Night, the visitors of Gallery at Kalemegdan have seen the exhibition of birds “Heavenly Hunters”. Theme of this exhibition is diurnal birds of prey, their way of life and survival in this region. The visitors will learn answers to questions what the birds of prey actually are, how do they hunt, feed and breed and why do they rule the sky. And the most important thing: how important are they for us, how useful or harmful are they in nature and should we protect them and how.

The authors of this exhibition are curators from the Museum, ornithologists Marko Raković and M.Sci. Daliborka Stanković

Gallery during the Museum Night

It took some patience to wait in line for “Heavenly Hunters”

Only during the Museum Night, the building of Natural History Museum in Njegoševa 51 (entrance from Knjeginje Zorke St.) has presented the exhibition in open space – Bisonarium. Imagine that you are in front of a herd of 250 bison. You can have the same feeling when, in the yard of Natural History Museum at Njegoševa 51 you stand in front of parts of skeletons of Steppe Bison about 20,000 years old. These remains were collected in Serbia which used to be their natural habitat. The Bisonarium shows about 400 specimens – skulls, long bones, lower jaws and vertebra of bison. These fossil remains were collected from the alluvial sediments of rivers Sava, Danube and Morava. The Steppe Bison could reach 2 m in height, while the span between the tips of its horns was up to 1 m. It used to live in herds during the last period of Ice Ages, and it became extinct in our region about 20,000 years ago.

A memory photo

Skeletons of other animals were exhibited separately

The youngest visitors

Beside the Bisonarium, the yard of Natural History Museum has also hosted an exhibition by students of School of Design on topic Introductory Poster for Exhibition “Heavenly Hunters”.

In the Museum Night you could also visit two additional exhibitions by Natural History Museum:

Bat skeleton

  • The exhibition “Skeletons alive” is visiting the Town Museum in Subotica. It will be open from May 11th to June 30th 2010. Author of the exhibition is M. Sci. Milan Paunović, museum advisor of Natural History Museum. The exhibition includes the exoskeletons (external skeletons) of mollusks, crustaceans and insects, as well as endoskeletons (internal skeletons) of echinoderms, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. There is a special unit with models of skeleton parts, representing the inside parts of skeletons, bones, joints and jaws. One small but very interesting segment of exhibition includes bacula of mammals.

Leerfish (Lichia amia)

  • Exhibition “World of fishes” by author Dubravka Mićković, curator at the Natural History Museum, was open at the Province Institute for Nature Conservation at Novi Sad, at Saturday May 15th 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This exhibition includes specimens of marine and freshwater fishes from the rich treasury of Natural History Museum, originating in Danube, Ohrid Lake, Neretva, Adriatic Sea. The exhibited specimens were conserved and prepared by special technique, where the skin is authentic while the body was carefully formed out of light material similar to Styrofoam.
    The introductory speeches were made by:
    1. Dr. Biljana Panjković, Director of Province Institute for Nature Conservation;
    2. Jadranka Delić, Head of Department of Museum Activity;
    3. M. Sci. Oliver Fojkar, PR.

Director Dr. B. Panjković, J.Delić and M. Sci O. Fojkar

Visitors to the manifestation “Museum Night”

Rays… how to resist them

Numerous visitors even at the late night hours