Belgrade Cultural Institutions (Part 2)

Updated: May 6

The unique atmosphere, unusual locations, great fun, art and stunningly beautiful settings are synonymous to Belgrade cultural institutions. And not only that we can learn a lot about the famous Serbian tradition from them.

Culture is a part of ourselves, something that we learn from an early age, we acquire from other people, and what we pass on to the generations to come. If there is no culture, Belgrade wouldn’t be what it is - the capital of a beautifully bustling cultural life.

Below, we present the remaining ten cultural institutions that embellish life of our capital...

1. Museum of Nikola Tesla

I think there might not be a person in the world who hasn’t heard of Nikola Tesla. This epitome of humanity well-known for his inventions, deserves everyone’s admiration. In his honor, some of these inventions are collated in one place - Museum of Nikola Tesla. This culture institution has become a place of daily visits of a large number of tourists. Located in Vracar, considered by many the most beautiful Belgrade municipality, cossetted away among the trees. This isn’t a typical museum, where you will see ‘the default settings’, take a few snaps by a mobile phone and after a few days forget all about it. When someone's work has been ‘alive and kicking’ for three centuries, they tend to continue to live forever. This scientist is normally referred to as ''the master of the world''. You’ll see all exhibits, starting from authentic photos and documents, through yet unpublished writings, to the intriguing inventions of Tesla, including a high-frequency oscillator with a half million volts, real lightning discharges and an intriguing egg of Columbus and the story that goes with it. The museum is open every day from 10-18h, and the whole tour with the curator takes about an hour. We promise you a whale of a time!

Museum of Nikola Tesla

Life of genius in one place, photo source:

2. Foundation of Ilija Kolarac

Ilija Milosavljevic Kolarac was born in 1800 in the village of Kolari, near the town Smederevo. There seemed to have been no end to the versatility of this man, but his education and his business ventures are the buzzwords even today. As a child, he stood out a mile from the others by his brilliant mind; having graduated from a business school he sets out on an entrepreneurial venture with his wife and opened a large commercial store in downtown Belgrade. Because of the great love for literature and erudition, he became a member of the Matica Srpska, a significant cultural and educational institution. He wanted to leave an indelible mark behind him, hence he built the eponymous Foundation that is now synonymous to Serbian culture. Conspicuous building, today proudly stands at the Student Square, in between the Faculty of Geography and the Belgrade Philharmonic. Programmes on offer are impressive, and besides a number of exhibitions, workshops, art and language courses, one can enjoy riveting concerts of classical music as well. The interior of the building is a step back into the past, but bear in mind, we are unable to uncover it all for you here because you must visit this place!

Foundation of Ilija Kolarac

Photo 2, Kolarac Hall, photo source:

3. The Yugoslav Film Archive

Yugoslav Film Archives is a symbol of the seventh art. Serbian cinematography is extremely valuable part of the tradition, which dates back to the times before the war. It was created because of the dire need that all recorded movies and the entire archives be kept in one place. Founded in 1952, today it stands in silent testimony of the passage of time, actually representing the Serbian national heritage. The interior of the building looks like a maze, an anteroom is designed to look like the modern dancing halls, with polished glitzy walls whereabout the photos which underwent the restoration hang. The foot of this building is the archives in which the cameras are kept, film strips, an eyepiece, stage paraphernalia and other miscellaneous artefacts. It would be a real shame, if you don’t happen to have heard of Danilo Stojkovic, Bata Zivojinovic, Gaga Nikolic and other personages in the the history and characters of the Serbian film and its theatre.

The Yugoslav Film Archive

Beautiful and magical… photo source:

4. The Military Museum

If you want to visit Kalemegdan (it is a tourist destination not to be missed), one can’t just pass by the Military Museum. This complex covers almost the entire area of Kalemegdan; military tanks and other works of art with a military motif are a favorite thing to take a photo of. Going back in the history, Kalemegdan was a major destination point from which Serbian nation was protected from the enemy. The military had its main weapons and military might located on this castle, so a few decades later, the entire military complex remained in the same place as a living proof of centuries of struggle to maintain the freedom of a nation. The museum exhibits are intriguing pieces. All foreign major government and military delegations were guests of the Military Museum. Monographs, thematic exhibitions, photographic library and a memorial room are just a fraction of this monumental display. We are immensely proud of our army brass bands. Also, you can’t pass cartography workshop of Military-Geographic Institute, where you can see exceptional printing press and maps of old Belgrade in what used to be the old dungeons.

The Military Museum

Military Museum, photo source:

5. The National Bank of Serbia