The National Museum Niš was founded on April 1st 1933. as a historical – ethnograpic museum. Since then, the museum has been continuously working on collecting, conserving, preserving and exibiting of cultural and historical value from the territory of Niš and its surroundings. On September, 2nd 1944. during the allied bombing, the building of the museum as well as its holdings were completely destroyed. After the war, the National committee of Niš municipality renewed the museum and named it The National museum (1947). Nowadays the National Museum Niš keeps more than 40000 objects in six different collections: history, coins-medals and epigraphs, literary heritage, archaeology, ethnology and history of art.