Vučedol – the Paris of the Neolithic – the place where life was thriving five thousand years ago. The civilization of revolutionary discoveries which existed at the same time as the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Chinese civilizations and is of comparable significance. With Vučedol as its center, it can rightly be considered the European Troy. The Vučedol culture (3000 – 2500 B.C.) spread from the area where it originated to 13 of today’s European countries.
In 2015 the Vučedol Culture Museum has been opened, located in situ at the foot of the archeological site Vučedol on the right bank of the Danube, 5 km downstream from Vukovar.
Vučedol is one of the most significant archeological sites in Europe, and it is presented in this unique museum dedicated to a prehistoric phenomenon, a civilization from the third millennium B.C. The Museum already turned into a genuine attraction, because it displays and explains our centuries-old history and survival at one place and in an interesting manner.
The Vučedol Culture Museum is a first-rate archeological, museological and architectonic project. Its exhibition presents the cultural phenomenon of one civilization through its everyday life, but also through its spiritual, intellectual and technological achievements, which were revolutionary at that time.
Here you can see the first Indo-European calendar, the Orion, that was based on the observation of the sky at wintertime. You will also find out that the people of the Vučedol were the first in the world to produce bronze and that they produced the first saw in Europe. You will learn that they had opulent gastronomy, manufactured beer, they loved music, they knew how to keep time and are known as competent ceramists. They left behind beautiful ceramic vessels decorated with inlay. The most famous is the Vučedol dove whose multiple messages, purposes, and meanings transcend the border of Vukovar and even Croatia. Or is it a partridge – well, you should discover that on your own…
Everything has changed, everything advanced, only the Danube remained the same… unique in its strength, unstoppable in its journey, mighty in the eyes of the beholders! Even five thousand years ago, big boats – the monoksils – navigated its currents, constructed by people of Vučedol and used for hunting fish.
Another thing remained the same – the love between the man, the native and the Danube – it is an unbreakable bond, so permanent and strong that not even time could have weakened it. Quite the contrary! Like it supports us today, the faith had supported and kept the people of Vučedol, whose rituals and customs are presented throughout the entire museum. It is our duty to preserve them from oblivion.
In the silent nights, looking at the stars, remember those who preceded you and visit us. We are waiting for you!