Daut Pasha Hamam is a historical monument of the Islamic culture and an excellent example of the Islamic architecture. The Hamam was built by Daut Pasha in the second half of the 15th century.
The object was originally separated into male and female departments and covered an area of 900m2. In 1948 the Hamam was restored and adapted for its new function – art gallery. Redesigning of the interior was made in 1982 and 1999.
The first permanent display at the Gallery, in 1951, included Macedonian icons (14th-19th century), copies of ancient frescoes and models of Macedonian Medieval churches, as well as artworks of the first generation of Macedonian contemporary artists before the Second World War and artists from former Yugoslavia.
The present permanent display was set in 2001, as a review of the development of the Macedonian fine art from the 14th to the 20th century.
The National Gallery of Macedonia that now consists of three more objects (Chifte Hamam, Multimedia center “Mala stanica” and the house-museum of Lazar Licenoski) promotes all kinds of art manifestations. The responsibilities of the Gallery are care and affirmation of our rich cultural heritage, and in the same time, with our excellent annual programs, we realize and promote serious projects from the recent, postmodern and youngest art scene in Macedonia. On the other side, we offer to the public interesting overview of the most important achievements of the individuals or groups from abroad. Internationally, the National Gallery of Macedonia collaborates with renown world centers: Vienna, Venice, Berlin, Istanbul, Dresden, Nurnberg and others.