Centar za konzervaciju i arheologiju Crne Gore
In Montenegro, a relatively large number of movable and immovable cultural goods has been preserved, which points to the fact that in this region, it has always been the task of preserving the testimonies that spoke about the past. The first traces of written documents that can indirectly relate to the protection of cultural property were created in the XIX century.
The conservation activity was founded by the Decree of the Government of the People's Republic of Montenegro in 1948, when, with the respect of international principles and conventions in the preservation of cultural goods, the Institute for the Protection and Scientific Study of Cultural Monuments and Natural Rarities, based in Cetinje, was formed. The Central Register of Protected Cultural Monuments was introduced in 1960. In the same year, a division of the Institute for the Protection and Scientific Study of Monuments of Culture and Natural Rarities was carried out at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments and the Institute for the Protection of Natural Rarities. The new constitution of 1974 required the adoption of the new Law on the Protection of Cultural Monuments in 1977 and the new renaming of the institution to the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments. After the catastrophic earthquake of 1979 and the enumeration of Kotor and its surroundings on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in 1980, the Municipal Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments with headquarters in Kotor, which in 1992 became a Regional Institute for the area of Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi. In order to research, protect and present archaeological findings, in 1994, the Archeological Collection of Montenegro, based in Podgorica, was established, which in 1998 was reorganized into a public institution Center for Archaeological Research of Montenegro.
By applying the 2010 Law on the Protection of Cultural Property, from the part of the Republic and Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments and the Center for Archeological Research of Montenegro, the current Center for Conservation and Archeology of Montenegro with the District Department in Kotor was formed.