On a space of 2300 m2, in 52 rooms of various dimensions more than 3000 objects are displayed.
Permanent display covers a 14 century period of fighting for freedom, more exactly from migration of Slavs on Balkan Peninsula and establishing of first South Slavic medieval countries until last war conflicts during the 1990’s.
Historical periods are represented chronological order with authentic objects and auxiliary material. It was created in 60’s in, for the time, most modern manner. Very successful presentation of the display attracts the attention of visitors even today. However in accordance with period when it was created, half of the display is dedicated to Second World War and Socialistic Revolution.
In first part of the display, from first Slavic medieval states until the end of First World War and birth of first Yugoslav country, historical periods are displayed trough key events like: Kosovo Battle, Serbian Principality and Ottoman Conquer, First and Second Serbian Uprising, Serbian-Turkish Wars, Balkan Wars and First World War. Naturally every event is displayed with authentic objects, where it was possible, and very often with objects that belonged to famous historical persons. Museum lacks for authentic objects for the period until 14th century, so that period is displayed with copies, artworks, models… Greatest attention is given to display compositions with primary focus on objects. That is the case with composition “Weapons and Equipment of Bay of Kotor Navy from 17th and 18th century”, one of the most beautiful compositions in entire Museum. First part of display ends with Serbian regimental flags from First World War and Serbian and Ally weapons and decorations from same period.
A visitor has the opportunity to see various examples of weapons, uniforms, flags, decorations, photos and art works and to get to know not just Serbian History and Culture but various inheritance of civilisation, their mutual influences and interlace of different cultures that have met on this territories and have left a great trace.
Future generations have a task to correct omissions with new displays and to present integral History of Serbs using modern achievements of Historiography an Museology without dangerous ideological misleads.