35400 Nova GradiskaTrg Kralja Tomislava 7Telephone: 035/362 205Fax: 035/361 784Parent institution: Narodno sveučiliste "M. A. Relkovic" /The "Matija Antun Relkovic" Community Education CentreMuseum profile: local historyFounded: 1972
Category of the museum collection: CCategory of the museum building: CNumber of inventoried museum items: 584Number of non-inventoried museum items: 9142Microfilmed museum inventories: noThe museum is situated in a 19th century town house, and holds an archaeological, ethnographic, cultural and historical and fine arts collection.During the five war years the museum was exposed to artillery attacks from the nearby occupied territory.
The selection of museum holdings was carried out. The most valuable items were packed in four metal crates and evacuated out of Nova Gradiska.The rest of the holdings were stored in the safest part of the museum building on the ground floor.Inventory books and documentation were photocopied, copies deposited at the MDC.* Evacuated items were returned to museum on September 15th 1993.
October 6th 1991In continuous artillery attacks on the town, shell shrapnel damaged the museum building. All the windowpanes were broken, sanitary facility destroyed. A part of the roofing was destroyed, so that rain seeped in through the first-floor ceilings.November 15th 1991A direct shell hit destroyed the south-western part of the roof and tiles, approximately 20 square meters.December 21st and 22nd 1993Two shells fell near the museum and caused total damage to the woodwork of the western, courtyard part of the building. Shell shrapnel had damaged the front facade, the profiled window jambs as well as the interior of three exhibition rooms in the western wing of the building, their walls and ceilings, and lightning equipment was also damaged. Roofing and tiles were shaken, so that rain is now seeping in.
Shell shrapnel had directly hit and damaged four paintings from the gallery holdings, and broken a reconstructed archaeological vessel. Weapons, stored in inadequate ground floor rooms, has rusted and developed wormholes.
Nova Gradiška, Local History Museum and Kerdic Gallery.
(from MDC's photograph library)