Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the most competent and influential institution in the Republic of Macedonia in discovering, treasuring and preserving the great value of the art and culture of our age. It houses a precious international collection and provides a representative insight into modern Macedonian art. In addition to its collection, the Museum organizes major exhibitions and events of Macedonian and foreign art, discussions with artists, panels, film and video presentations, lectures and a variety of other activities.
This was the first museum created after the Second World War and was opened in 1946. Here, visitors can find invaluable ethnological artifacts, dioramas displaying early life coupled with traditional dress as well as a gun collection. It has approximately 3,000 artifacts. The museum also has three commemorative houses, a memorial complex located in the village of Gorno Vranovci and a Commemorative crypt.
Oskar Hansen’s Museum of Modern Art
Oskar Hansen’s proposal was based on peculiar assumptions: the museum was to consist of “a transformable exhibition space, able to fold completely and then unfold into various combinations, with hexagonal elements lifted by hydraulically-powered rotating telescopes.” In this way the structure would transform in horizontal and vertical dimensions at the same time. In the proposal the architect wrote: “Art in its development is unpredictable. We have assumed that a contemporary gallery should pursue the unknown in art.
The collection of ethnographic elements in Macedonia started in 1920; within the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje there were collections created as teaching aids for the students, In 1925 there was a complex museum established with an ethnographic department. During World War II this department continued its work within the then National Museum of Macedonia with an archaeological and ethnological department. In 1949 the ethnological department became a separate institution - Ethnological Museum of Macedonia. Since 1977 the Ethnological Museum has continued to work within the Museums of Macedonia - Archaeological, Ethnological and Historical one.
The museum of Ilinden Uprising and Krusevo Republic
The museum was founded on 2nd August 1953 on the 50th anneversery of the Ilinden uprising and Krusevo Republic in the ajusted house of the Tomalevski brothers, where the Krusevo Republic was proclaimed in 1903. There have been exibited the most important documents from the foundation of the town and its rebelious spirit, the preparation and the course of the uprising against the Turkish empire.
Macedonian Museum of Natural History
The Macedonian Museum of Natural History was founded in October 1926, following an initiative of the well-known biologist, Dr. Stanko Karaman. The Museum collects, studies and exhibits the natural treasure of Macedonia. The permanent exhibitions of the Museum comprise an area of 1700 sqm and about 4000 original exhibits are displayed in glass showcases and dioramas.