The main analytical points and conclusions of the research are: the national museums in Serbia have played important roles within the complexity of representational discourse; which included the nation-building processes. Museum practices constructed national identity as a multifaceted entity; being based on a variety of perspectives: historical; archaeological; ethnological; anthropological; artistic and geographical. However; the museums have produced changeable visions of collective identity; mainly as a result of ideological and political context. Yet museum practices have not merely reflected certain ideological frameworks and political realities; but rather represented constitutive elements of ideological and political context.
Secondly; our analysis is based on a wider understanding of the term ‚Äėnational museum‚Äô and the explanation of the museum network in Serbia; as a complex; interdependent system of policies and narratives; which have a crucial role in the process of identity-building in Serbia. The network has been structured according to the simultaneity of several metanarratives: revolution; state-building; modernization/Europeanization; national authenticity/indigenousness; etc.
Finally; our analysis shows that museum policies and narratives have been based on three general paradigms related to nation-and state-construction processes; each of them being heavily dependent upon interpretational discourse and firmly anchored to ideological and political context. The first one is the paradigm of exceptionalism and uniqueness; the second is the one that supports a rather mediatory concept of national identity; and the third paradigm establishes new interpretations of different historical processes.