Permanent Exhibition, “Timeline of Leskovac Area”, opened on 9 May 2015 represents a crown of the decades-long work of the Museum. This is the first phase of the permanent exhibition reconstruction from 1974 and displays the life of the inhabitants of the Leskovac area from the Neolithic to the late Turkish times. In two architectural pieces, 8,000 years of history are presented.
The authors of the exhibition are: museum advisers Julijana Pešić, Mira Ninošević, Veroljub Trajković and senior curator Smilja Jović.
The first part, in a pyramid-shaped showcase, symbolically shows the archeological treasure of Hisar, a hill above Leskovac, which represents the richest site of the Brnjica cultural group, dated from the 14th century BC.
Gold jewelry from the Mala Kopašnica site present the period of Roman domination. Medieval history depicts Dubočica and the time of Nemanjić, the time of Despotate and the development of the town during the time of the Turks. The space that testifies to the Middle Ages is dominated by the figure of the Serbian knight Nikola Skobaljić – in natural size and with full warrior equipment. A special place was given to the “panađur” of Leskovac, the largest and most famous fair in the Balkans, attended by Dubrovnik merchants and traders from all over the region. The second architectural part of the exhibition presents the archeological site of the Justiniana Prima – the birthplace of Emperor Justinian the First. A part of the exhibition concerning the Justiniana Prima, which is on UNESCO’s preliminary list of World Heritage Sites, makes material collected through hundreds of years of research.
A part of the permanent exhibition is located in the upstairs galleries and is in the reconstruction stage.