The National Museum Uzice is a regional museum being in charge of the territory of eight municipalities of Zlatibor District (Uzice, Bajina Basta, Kosjeric, Pozega, Arilje, Cajetina, Nova Varos and Sjenica).It was founded on July 12, 1946, first as the Museum of Uprising 1941. The National Museum was eatablished on April 29, 1963, which incorporated both The Museum of Uprising 1941 and the Local Museum.
The memorial complex on Kadinjaca was transferred to the management and use to the National Museum. In one period, the monument on Kadinjaca operated as an independent institution. In 2002, it became part of the NMU again.
Within the NMU, there are professional departments of archeology, ethnology, history and history of art, pedagogue service, professional library,conservation workshops,photo laboratory, service for the general, material and financial performance and technical support service. Museum experts are engaged in scientific and museum-research work, cataloguing museum objects, conservation and restoration and recording and documentation work, exhibition and publishing, educational, pedagogical and information and marketing activities. They provide services to usersof the museum material and cooperate with related institutions. The museum material is classified in a number of archeological, ethnological, historical, artistic and numismatic collections.
In addition to the protection of movable cultural property,NMU has also been engaged in the protection of immovable cultural property. In the period from 1994 to 1998,a complete conservation, restoration and revitalization of the monastery Uvac (municipality of Cajetina) was done. In 2012 the project of reconstruction-construction of log church in Sevojno was finished. Our experts were engaged in arranging the homes and the memorial rooms of celebrities and national heroes (Dimitrije Tucovic, Stevo Colovic etc.) as well as memorial fountains at Popova voda in “Big park” in Uzice (The Ruzic fountain) and other memorial features.
Two buildings of the Museum contains the permanent exhibitions: “Uzice, Origin and Development”, “Uzice Republic 1941”, “Legacy of Mihailo Milovanovic,a painter” and “History of the Factory for production af arms in Uzice from 1928 to date”. In underground tunnels there is the permanent exhibition “Partisan Factory of arms and ammunition 1941”.
The permanent exhibition “The town house from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century” is located at Jokanovica house, as the constituent part of museum complex. On Kadinjaca, within the memorial home there is the permanent setting of “Workers battalion in the fight on Kadinjaca”and “Uzice region in the NATO aggression”
Since April 30, 2009, within the work organization of the National Museum Uzice, there has been a presentation of hydroelectric power plant “Under the Town”
Within the National Museum Uzice there is the Local Museum in Nova Varos.
For its work, the Museum has received important awards and numerous acknowledgements,among which two awards stand out – “Mihailo Valtrovic”provided by the Museum Association of Serbia and the prize of Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic.