Herzegovina Museum | Muzej Hercegovine | Trebinje


The Museum of Hercegovina in Trebinje stands as one of the oldest cultural institutions in Eastern Herzegovina, boasting a vast array of exhibits that confirm the presence of diverse cultures and civilizations in the region, spanning from prehistoric times to the modern era.


The idea of its establishment was given by the poet Jovan Dučić.


As the main museum institution, the “Museum of Hercegovina” in Trebinje is a complex establishment encompassing various departments: archaeological, artistic, historical, ethnological, and natural sciences.


The Archaeological Department of the Museum was established in 1952, marking the commencement of collecting artifacts for the museum’s collections. Over the years, a substantial number of archaeological finds were acquired through systematic and protective excavations in collaboration with other institutions and archaeologists. The first archaeological exhibition was organized in 1970, showcasing discoveries from prehistory to the late Middle Ages. Regularly published in the museum’s journal Tribunia since 1975, the results of archaeological research contribute to the continuous enrichment of the museum’s collections.


The Artistic Department of the Museum of Hercegovina in Trebinje houses a remarkable collection of artistic objects, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings.


Constantly expanding through purchases and donations, the department currently boasts around 1000 exhibits, with a significant portion comprising gifted items.


Some pieces are held in storage, awaiting conservation, while others are periodically exhibited.


The Historical Department of the Museum, covering weaponry, decorations, photographs, postcards, archival materials, and the period of 1941-1945, is currently consolidated.


The collection of ethnographic material at the Museum of Hercegovina in Trebinje began in 1952, and since then, various experts and enthusiasts have endeavored to gather and process ethnographic objects within the institution’s material, human, and spatial capacities.


The majority of ethnographic items represent the rural culture of the population in Eastern Herzegovina.


The Natural Sciences Department is the youngest addition to the Museum of Hercegovina in Trebinje. Although the idea of forming a natural science collection emerged with the museum’s inception, a permanent exhibition was initially deferred due to space, financial, and personnel constraints. Nonetheless, the museum initiated the collection and preservation of natural science exhibits, primarily consisting of prepared animal specimens, minerals, and fossils. Despite lacking expertise in natural sciences at the time, the collected items were meticulously inventoried and have been successfully preserved to this day.

It is located in the Trebinje Old Town, in an Austrian barracks from the beginning of the 19th century.

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