Museums in Macedonia
The Museums in Macedonia can satisfy everyone’s tastes. As a crossroad of ancient civilizations, all around Macedonia, there are thousands of detected archaeological sites, thousands smaller or bigger fortresses or fortifications, many of them remain untouched. The Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and the city museums are full of artifacts exclusively from these places, from this piece of lend. In different departments of the museums, you can research the archaeological, ethnological, historical, and artistic heritage of Macedonia. The museum cares for over 66,000 items. On permanent display are exhibits from archaeology, ethnology, history, and Icon galleries. In some of the museum complexes, exhibitions of stone monuments are on display. Macedonia’s long and legendary history has been carefully preserved in these museums, and the most important ones being in Skopje. The Archaeological Museum takes the visitor on a journey through the millennia, from the Neolithic Age, the Bronze and the Iron Ages, the Classical and the Macedonian-Hellenistic periods, all the way through to the Roman, Slavic, Byzantine and Turkish Periods. The Historical Museum gives a chronological overview of Macedonian history throughout the centuries up to the National War of Liberation. The Ethnographic Museum offers thematically displayed sets of items. The Natural History Museum showcases are full of many examples of the indigenous and sometimes odd flora and fauna found throughout Macedonia.
Apart from the permanent exhibitions, Macedonia’s museums organize temporary exhibitions as well as other appealing events featuring gift shops where tourists can purchase certified replicas of Macedonian icons, booklets, and other souvenirs.
In addition to the major museums established in Skopje, smaller museums and archives with their own unique collections can also be found in many other Macedonian towns.