The former residence of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš was built in 1838 before becoming a memorial museum in 1951 to preserve the revered Njegoš family's heritage. Portraits of notable figures such as Peter the Great, Napoleon and Lord Byron line the walls, a large billiard table dominates one room and there is also a large collection of weapons collected on show. Perhaps the piece de resistance however is the large-scale relief map of Montenegro constructed during World War I by Austrian soldiers, it is now located in Biljarda's garden and takes a minute or so to walk around completely. This is no ordinary map!
King Nikola’s Palace, Bar-
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Bar may not be the most tourist-friendly of cities, being more of a working city built around a port, but King Nikola's Palace is a historic building dating back to 1885 that warrants a detour. The complex is made up of a winter garden, a small castle, the main palace building and a museum containing ethnographic, archeological and historic artefacts.
King Nikola’s Museum, CetinjeNational Museum of Montenegro, Novice Cerovica bb.
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Essentially a Royal residence that has been opened up to the public, this building in central Cetinje collates artefacts from various dynasitc residences under one roof, covering political, military and cultural history in one. The traditional costumes, dusty library rooms and elaborate sword displays on the walls all give a fascinating insight into the lives of these past rulers. Well worth a visit when on a cultural jaunt around Cetinje.
Kotor already has history flowing from within its walls but the Maritime Museum is a worthy addition to your itinerary. Originally a baroque palace belonging to a noble local family, today it is an homage to the lives of seamen from the Boka Bay starting in the 16th century and running all the way through to present day. The naval history of this area is a rich and chequered one, making this an intriguing story that is well told by the museum's curators.
National Museum of Montenegro, CetinjeNarodni muzej Crne Gore, Novice Cerovića bb.
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Potentially confusing for the first-time visitor, the National Museum is in fact made up of four distinct museums: the Museum of History, an Art Museum that includes the Fado Duric modern art gallery, an Ethnographic Museum and an Archaeological Museum. As you might expect from a national museum, the theme in question here is the material and spiritual history of the territory now known as Montenegro, and the people that have lived there. Everything from war relics to furniture, art works and historical documents are on display here. If you are in Cetinje for the day to explore the country's cultural capital, be sure to set aside part of your time for this worthy museum complex.
Reflecting the area’s rich maritime tradition, the Naval Heritage Collection is housed in a beautifully restored building and showcases over 300 artefacts, from Yugoslav submarines to the diaries of Montenegro’s Princess Ksenija, Austro-Hungarian ship equipment and industrial machines. The airy, light-filled space attracts visitors young and old, the former demographic tempted no doubt by the presence of a pirate ship playground outside. Themed exhibitions are displayed throughout the year in addition to the permanent collection pieces; for many though, the star attraction remains the P821 submarine standing proudly across the street from the NHC building.