“Museum of Macedonia” is positioned in the beautiful surroundings beneath the Kale hill, between the Old Bazaar and the fortress. This place has a special, sentimental meaning for the citizens of Skopje since all of them, while in high school, had to visit all of its exhibitions. Although its design is quite modernist, this building is fully stylistically incorporated with its historical surrounding; the comments of the tourists are always that this is a remarkable and talented piece of architecture. When I was in high school I also admired how the problem of the natural lighting is solved, since there are windows on the angles, so that the whole room with its exhibits is fully lit. Likewise, the space is fully professionally planned (by the architects Mimoza Nestorova Tomich and Kiril Muratovski) so that it will fit the requirements of the modern museum facility. The tourists could walk in it in a fully relaxed manner since the circulation of the visitors is schemed on multi-level system that goes, dominantly, in elliptical curves in a form of the number 8. My favorite exhibit when I was in high school was the mummy; it kind of scared us all, the exaggerated teenagers, but at the same time it reminded us of the times of our ancestors and how fragile but proud our civilization is and how old was the presence of human history on this soil. Now, the mummy is gone. I asked many times those from the museum where it is; they were strangely reluctant to tell me anything, I hope the mummy is not stolen from the museum, like many things from this place.
Then later, when I was studying literature I was impressed by the statues of the two dancing Dionysius (that are copies from the originals found on this soil but kept in the museum of Belgrade; many tried to bring the originals here, but all that was vainly), which was presented to the students by a special tour guided by the famous writer and professor Vlada Uroshevich. But how strange, I was the only student from the whole department that attended this presentation… In a way this museum always used to make us all feel somehow special, regardless of how much we were involved in the local culture, if at all.
The origins of this museum dates back from 1924, when the Archeological Museum was formed; then, in 1945, was established the People’s Museum of Macedonia. The collections of the museum were placed in KurshumliAn, in the “Metropol” building(on square Macedonia) and in one building on the Kale fortress, that fell down during the earthquake in 1963. If we go back in history we can say that the Archeological and the Ethnological department were established in 1949, while in 1953 was established the Historical Museum with its special department about the 1903 Ilinden Rebellion The museum complex in the form we have today was built in 1976, gathering all of these 3 museums, while in 1991 was established the special art department.
Igor Pop Trajkov