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“Worth it for the earthquake rooms”

Museum City of Skopje
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“Worth it for the earthquake rooms”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The most poignant item in this forgotten and unloved museum is the clock on the outside of the building. The clock stopped at 5.17 am when the 1963 earthquake struck and has been kept like that as a memorial. Inside there are a few large bare rooms. The museum is worth a visit purely to see the 'Skopje 1963' rooms at the back. One shows the wonderful documentary 'Skopje 1963' plus some information about the making of the film.

Visited August 2014
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“Interesting, but only the 1963 Earthquake”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

The museum is located in the old railway building which was destroyed by the earthquake, and it was an amazing use of the building, which still stood as a sort of memorial.
The museum has free entrance and we were a bit confused when we arrived because we just walked in, while they were doing some renovation, it looked like.
In the basement they have some archeological items but there is no explanation in English, so don't visit for that reason. Visit, though, to see an excellent exhibition about the earthquake in 1963. There are fantastic photographs and film clips and a lot of information about the affects of the earthquake for the citizens.
There where a guide or staff walking around, who was very helpful with anything and very good at English.
The reason for the renovation work, we found out, was a new exhibition upstairs, but it wasn't informed of and wasn't closed off, so we actually at first walked around looking at a half-finished exhibition.
But definitely worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Important context for understanding Skopje”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

There is free entry to this museum. It is worth having a quick look if onl to see an interesting repurposing of a building. This was once the train station, which was damaged in the 1963 earthquake. The main exhibit is a very well displayed story of the 1963 Skopje earthquake and its aftermath. There is good English signage. After looking at this exhibit one looks at the buildings in the city with more informed eyes.

There was also a mildly interesting art exhibit in the entry room. It wasn't clear whether this was a permanent exhibit or not.

Visited July 2014
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“Great potential”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

There was a very interesting display about the earthquake. Downstairs there were archaeological displays, but nothing to tell you what you were looking at (in any language). Upstairs we tripped over some electrical cords in the low lighting, and it was obviously just being used for storage. Perhaps they should put up an out of bounds sign?

Visited April 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Spend an hour, learn about Skopje's history”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Best exhibit is the one that talks about the earthquake of 1963. Gives you a good sense of the history of Skopje. Wasn't very well maintained, though ... some artefacts that looked like they were from the 6th or 7th century were haphazardly shoved in a corner with no descriptions.

Visited November 2013
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