Homeland Museum of Zemun, Belgrade

Homeland Museum of Zemun, Belgrade

The Homeland Museum of Zemun, situated in Belgrade, offers comprehensive documentation of Zemun's history from its earliest settlements to the present day. Founded in 1955, the museum initially operated from a different location before relocating to the historically significant Spirta House in 1971.

The Spirta House, erected in 1848 and originally owned by one of Zemun's wealthiest and most influential families, is a notable example of Gothic Revival architecture. This style, popular during the Romanticism period, is distinguished by its Neo-Gothic design and flamboyant windows, making the Spirta House stand out among the surrounding buildings. It is the only preserved representative of Gothic Revival architecture in the wider Belgrade area.

Built as one of the first high-floored family houses in the Old Core of Zemun, the Spirta House's architecture and lush interior reflected the high social status of its owners, a status further elevated by the Spirta family's noble title. Recognizing its cultural and historical value, the Spirta House has been protected as a cultural monument since 1965.

The museum was administratively annexed to the Belgrade City Museum in 1968, and significant adaptations were made to the Spirta House between 1968 and 1970. The museum officially opened in its new location on March 4, 1971. However, in 2002, the museum closed for what was supposed to be a brief 65-day reconstruction. Despite the prolonged closure, the museum temporarily opened for two exhibitions: "A Voice of Zemun" in 2014 and "Secession in the Old Core of Zemun" in November 2017.

The Homeland Museum of Zemun remains a vital institution for preserving and showcasing the rich history of Zemun, with its reopening eagerly anticipated by the local community and visitors alike.

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Sight Name: Homeland Museum of Zemun
Sight Location: Belgrade, Serbia (See walking tours in Belgrade)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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