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Collections

The Sombor City Museum is a regional museum of a complex type that today features around 40.000 items of the museum fund placed in several collections per departments: archaeological, ethnological, historical department with the annex of the Battle of Batina Memorial Museum near Bezdan, fine arts department with heritage collection and the applied art collection, and with the Gallery of Yugoslav Art and “Likovna jesen” collection. The Museum has expert specialist library with highly valuable editions from the 18th to the 20th century.

Archaeological department

The Archaeological department consists of movable archaeological goods separated into four collections that are being continually enriched with new items from the territory of the north–western and south–western Bačka. The chronological framework of the fund covers a period from the Mesolithic to the Modern period. The items mainly originate from the protected archaeological excavations, systematic excavations, terrain reconnaissance and partly through gifts and purchases.

Ethnological department

The Ethnological department has over 6.500 items classified into collections. Those are the collections of traditional clothing with the collections of shirts, aprons, belts, hats; the collection of textile household items with collections of rugs, bags, towels, tapestries; ceramics and dishes from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century; household items; crafts; photographs from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20thcentury; industry; folk music instruments…

Historical department

The Historical department inherits and nurtures the cultural and historical heritage of the City of Sombor and the municipalities of Apatin, Kula and Odžaci since the departure of the Ottomans (1687) until the Modern Age. The items witness the multiethnic structure of the population, turbulent historical periods, rich social, cultural and sports tradition of the citizens of Sombor and inhabitants of the West Bačka. At the moment, the Historical collection features around 9.600 items belonging to the political, social, economic, sports and cultural history from the 16th to the 20th century.

Fine arts department

The Fine arts department consists of heritage collections of fine arts and applied art, and “Likovna jesen” collection of contemporary art. The fine arts collections display the historical development of the sacred and secular painting from the 18th to the first half of the 20th century. The artworks from the applied art collection consist of the items made of textile, porcelain, precious metal and superiorly crafted wood displaying high achievements of styles: Rococo, Biedermeier, Empire style, Secession and Eclecticism. The “Likovna jesen” collection displays the development and reaches of the modern and the postmodern art on the territory of the former state — SFRY, from the 60s to the 90s. The Fine art department has around 1.500 items.

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