The Museum of Republika Srpska

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The Museum was established on September 26, 1930, and named – the Museum of Vrbas Banovina (Banovina - a regional unit in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). By the order of King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the founder of the museum was the first Ban (governor) of Vrbas Banovina, Svetislav Tisa Milosavljevic, the first manager of the Museum of Vrbas Banovina was Spiridon Spiro Bocaric, an academic painter from Budva. During the first ten years of his work (until 1941) Mr. Bocaric had gathered a great amount of priceless ethnographic objects of a very high historic, national and cultural value..

The name and location of the museum had been changed several times, until 1982, when it was finally moved in to the Workers Solidarity House, where the National Library of Republika Srpska and the Children’s Theatre of Republika Srpska were also situated. According to the decision made by the Government of Republika Srpska, on November 14, 1992, the Bosanska Kraina Museum changed its name to the Museum of Republika Srpska and became a central institution in charge of issues related to the protection of movable cultural goods. Today, the museum is situated in the building of the Workers Solidarity House and occupies 3 700 square meters. The permanent exhibition area occupies 1 500 square meters, while the rest of the space is occupied by depots and offices.

The Museum of Republika Srpska is involved in: researching, gathering, saving, processing, studying, preserving, displaying and publishing museum materials that are common national treasures. The museum has more than 30 000 exhibits in its collection Professional museum library contains 14 000 books the museum adopted its’ space for thematic, visiting and author’s exhibits.

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In the Museum of Republika Srpska there are:
The Centre for Material Culture and Art:
- Department of Archeology
- Department of History
- Department of Ethnology and Ethnography
- Department of History of Art
- Department of Science

The Documentary Centre:
- Dokumentacijski centar Muzeja
- Documentary centre of the central register
- Library
- Darkroom

The Centre for Conservation and Restoration:
- Studio for conservation and restoration of paintings
- Studio for conversation and restoration of textile and leather
- Studio for conservation and restoration of metal, wood and stone
The Centre for Educational and Pedagogy Work
The Department of General Services

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