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Originally conceived as a museum displaying exclusively historical material and exhibits from World War II, the National Museum of Toplica soon developed into a complex institution, with archaeological, ethnological and art collections in addition to its original historical exhibits.
Highlights of the historical collection include exhibits from the Toplica Uprising of 1917 and World War II. There are hundreds of photos, documents and personal effects from participants in the Toplica Uprising – all of which shares their perspective on this heroic rebellion of the Serbian army against Bulgarian and Austro-Hungarian invaders in World War I.
The collection dedicated to World War II includes more than 600 exhibits comprising photographs and documents of interned persons and prisoners of war, personal effects and various weapons used in the war.
The archaeological collection contains numerous artefacts from the Neolithic Age, the Iron Age, the Roman period and Slavs, as well as items from the Middle Ages.
The archaeological site of Pločnik, dated to the Late Neolithic (5,500–4,800 BCE) is also part of the Museum’s display. The Museum’s archaeological collection includes copper items, earthenware, tools and human-shaped figurines found on the site.
The reconstructed mud and reed houses at the archaeological site of Pločnik are reconstructed ceramics, smithery and weaving workshops, which will transport you to the Neolithic period and introduce you to the way of life and economy in ancient times.