HOUSE OF FLOWERS

House of Flowers or Mausoleum is resting place of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka Budisavljević Broz and it is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History complex. In addition, complex includes May 25 Museum and Old Museum. The memorial center includes Memorial collection, Billiard room, Hunting lodge and the residence in which Tito lived. Residence is now closed for visitors, while the House of Flowers and May 25 Museum are still open.

THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS
The Mausoleum or burial place of Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka is a greenhouse in which soldiers guarded the grave of the president for years. From its opening in 1982 until today, 17,500,000 people have visited the Mausoleum. Today it is also one of the most visited museums, because it is an important symbol of a time and ideology, which ruled in the region for almost 50 years. While visiting House of Flowers, you can see collections of Tito's army uniforms and batons used to transfer birthday greetings from all parts of Yugoslavia.

JOSIP BROZ TITO
Josip Broz Tito was the president of SFRJ (Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia) from 1953 to 1980, leader of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, the supreme commander of the armed forces of SFRJ, leader of the War of National Liberation in the Second World War and one of the founders of the Non Aligned Movement. He died on May 4, 1980 and his funeral is noted as the most attended presidential funeral in the history of mankind to that time. More than 200 delegations and great names of the ruling scene attended the funeral including Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Leonid Brezhnev, mother of the former US president Carter, kings and princesses of 107 countries of the world.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH TITO
The new permanent display in the House of Flowers provides a glimpse into the private life of Josip Broz Tito.
The new display, 'Up Close and Personal with Tito', which has recently been presented in the House of Flowers, the most visited museum facility in the Museum of Yugoslav History (MYH) complex, offers visitors an insight into Josip Broz Tito’s favourite items that he used frequently.
The choice of exhibits, selected by the exhibition’s curators, Veselinka Kastratović Ristić and Momo Cvijović, MYH museum advisers, was inspired by the greatest wish of the museum-goers, namely, the desire to find out what kind of a person Josip Broz Tito was in his private life and how his activities as a statesman influenced his leisure time and the creation of the personality cult of the president.
Since drawing a clear dividing line between public and private life of influential statesmen is an impossible task, the exhibition is divided into five sections named after the following topics: Man with Style, Meetings, Travel, Hedonism, and Comrade Tito, We Swear to You.
The exhibition features 61 objects, as well as 128 Youth Batons that Yugoslavia’s president for life was given as gifts on May 25th. The visitors can see decorations and other honours awarded to Tito, his personal items, formal dress, uniforms, souvenirs from his travels and some of the gifts he received, both from other statesmen and the people throughout Yugoslavia.

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