/ , Nature has its own genesis and its own stages. They have often owed independently of the development of man, but havebeenverymuchconnectedwithman, oftenalsoforminghimdecisively.Manhad to ght–withnature,withothersandwith himself.“Thereisnosubjectmorecaptivating,moreworthyofstudy, thannature,”said the great NikolaTesla. And by studying nature, man studies and educates himself. He can learn from nature tobecomebetter thanhewas, and to change the world around him for the better. If for noother reason thanbecause careful observationwill reveal tohimthat, in this apparent chaos and cruelty, exists a certain order and sequence. If he familiarises himself with the perfection of that order, it will perhaps calm the chaos he has within himself. The Natural History Centre of Serbia in Svilajnac endeavours to show precisely that genesis and development of nature fromitsoriginal formstoitspresentappearanceandcondition.Andthatcondition,oftendue tomodernman, isn’t thebest, because man corrupts the beauty of nature instead of nurturing it. That’s why the exhibitions organised at the Natural History CentreofSerbiaopenissuesofassociations and questions. Perhapstherockwe’restandingonisn’t just a rock, but rather a remnant of some geological eruption (exhibition on volcanoes).Perhapsananimalweraiseinthegardenisthedescendantofaterriblemonster which,overcenturiesofevolution,adapted andchangeditsnatureorperhaps itdidn’t adapt and has since disappeared (exhibition on dinosaurs). Perhapsthegrassesandtreesthatnaturallyinhabit theplanet representakindof steady, calmhealthy formof life that man canneverachieve, althoughhecouldlearn everything about this fromthewisdomof theplantsandanimals that live inthewild, far fromman, in their own harmony (exhibitionsonbiodiversityinSerbiaandAfrica). Perhaps skeletons are all that will remainofus, ifwedon’tadaptour lifetosome higher purpose and meaning, through self-realisation.Andallofthismustbeshown toour children, sothat theycan learn from an early age what awaits them in life, all aroundthem, tolearntoviewtheworlddifferently, throughanawakenedeye, asRussian poet Khlebnikov would say. The Natural History Centre of Serbia in Svilajnac is striving to become that awakened eye. NAUKA, KULTURA, TURIZAM Prirodnjački centar Srbije u Svilajncu predstavlja spoj nauke, obrazovanja, kulture, umetnosti i turizma na jednom mestu, na vrlo specifičan način. Takav koncept čini ga jedinstvenim u ovom delu Evrope. Njegova atraktivnost ogleda se u jedinstvu velikog izložbenog (muzejskog) prostora i dino-parka na otvorenom, koji ima brojne prateće i interaktivne sadržaje. Muzejski deo Prirodnjačkog centra Srbije čini devet tematskih izložbi. SCIENCE, CULTURE, TOURISM The Natural Science Centre of Serbia in Svilajnac represents a fusion of science, education, culture, art and tourism all in one place, and in a very speci c way. Such a concept makes it unique to this part of Europe. Its attractiveness is re ected in a uni ed a large exhibition (museum) space and an open-air dino park, which has numerous accompanying and interactive contents. The Museumpart of the Natural History Centre of Serbia comprises nine thematic exhibitions.