Top 6 museums to visit when in Sarajevo

Top 6 museums to visit when in Sarajevo

You are coming to Sarajevo? Then our ultimate locals guide through Sarajevo is something to follow. Sarajevo is our hometown, we work, study and live here, and want to give you honest reviews and recommendations. Our goal is to make you feel welcome, learn, see the best places and eat the best food there is.

1. National museum

Archeological department

This is the most important museum in the country. It was founded on 1st February 1888. by the Austro-Hungarian government, the first director was Kosta Hörmann. The current building was the first ever purposely built museum building in Yugoslavia, it was built in 1913. and that is a current building. The Museum has 3 departments: Ethnology, Natural Sciences and Archeology with 6 permanent exhibitions, and there is a small inclosed botanical garden with beautiful fountain, Stećci and tortoise (that was wounded in the last war, you can see a bullet hole).

Botanical garden

But Museum is famous for one particular book, Haggadah. Sarajevo Haggadah came all the way from Spain when exiled Jews, who were searching for the refuge settled here. This is the most valuable item in the Museum and probably in the whole country, although priceless, it was insured at 700$ million. There is a lot of mystery surrounding Haggadah, it was saved from thieves, Nazis and destruction during the Siege of Sarajevo 1992.-1995. but we will let you discover those mysteries when you visit.

Stećci

Be aware that you will need a minimum 3 hours to visit every exhibition, not including Haggadah. We always forget about time when we visit.

Entrance and souvenir shop

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours for all exhibitions:

Tuesday-Friday: 10h-19h

Weekends: 10h-14h

Working hours for Haggadah:

Tuesday and Thursday (and first Saturday in a month): 12h-13h

Prices:  

Age 5 and under: Free

Age 6 to 18: 3.00 KM

Retirees: 3.00 KM

Adults: 8.00 KM

+ 3,00 KM for Sarajevo Haggadah Exhibition

Museum visit between 18h and 19h are free for pensioners and kids  and just 3,00 KM for adults.

Address:

Zmaja od Bosne 3, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices contact the museum, visit the museums website and social media:

W: https://www.zemaljskimuzej.ba/en/admission  

F/I: @zemaljskimuzej

#: #volimzemaljski #zmbih #jasammuzej

 

2. History museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Front facade of the Museum

Museum was founded in 1945., imagine that, museum opening just after the ending of the Second World War. From its beginnings as a Museum of Revolution, to the History museum after the Aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even today museum represents the space of anti fascism, freedom and place of learning.

Museum has two permanent exhibitions for the visitors: Sarajevo under the Siege and 15 years by Jim Marshall, but besides those exhibition there are always modern art shows, performances and events happening here.

Souvenir shop

“Sarajevo under the Siege” is an exhibition about the life of civilians who lived in Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995, it is a story of everyday struggles that our fellow citizens have faced during the 1425 days of occupation. It is a touching story that every tourist visiting our town has to see.   

Museum has wonderful souvenir shop so we recommend you get yourself a unique item and  take a break in the museums themed cafe “Tito”. 

Tanks from the WW2 and Cafe Tito

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Every day:  9h – 19h

Prices:  

5,00 KM

Address:

Zmaja od Bosne 5, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices contact the museum, visit the museums website and social media:

W: http://muzej.ba/visiting-us/

F: @histmuzbih

I: historijski.muzejbih

#: #historijskimuzejBiH

 

The Sarajevo Museum

The Sarajevo Museum is organized around five dependencies: Jewish Museum, Svrzo’s House, Despić House, Brusa Bezistan, and Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1914. If you have time to visit them all we recommend you do (it is just 10,00 KM or 5,00€ for joint ticket, visiting them individually it is 3,00 KM per museum).  But if time is not on your side we have chosen 3 museums (1 museum and 2 houses that represent the way of living in Muslim and Orthodox families).

 

3. Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the life of Jewish community in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina in general. From their arrival of Sephardi Jews in the 16th century (Ottoman Sarajevo) and Ashkenazi a bit later, to the horrors of the Second World War. The permanent exhibition is located in the oldest Synagogue Il Kl Grandi of Bosnia and Herzegovina built in 1581. This building was burning several times and was a prison for local Jews from where they were transported in concentration camps. The building is a National Monument now.

Museum and gallery

Sarajevo has a long history of peaceful coexistence, unlike other european cities there were no Jewish quarters they lived with others. In the local hammams (public baths) there were pools for Tevilla, and were forbidden for others. Unfortunately the number of Jews in Sarajevo has declined, before the Second World War more than 8000 Jews lived here, and now less than 1000. The Ashkenazi temple is now the only functioning Synagogue in the city and it is used by both Ashkenazi and Sephardi. The Old temple (now the Museum of Jews) is working only on Roš Hašana when the Rabbi Eliezer Papo comes to hold the ceremony.

If you are interested in the history of Jewish community, about the religious and historical buildings there are several tours offered by different agencies.

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Week days: 10h – 18h

Sunday: 10h – 15h

Prices:

3,00 KM

Address:

Velika avlija Laure Papo Bohorete, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices contact the museum, visit the museums website and social media:

T: +387 033 535 688

e: muzejjevreja@muzejsarajeva.ba

W: http://muzejsarajeva.ba/en/depadance/the-jewish-museum

 

4. Svrzo’s House

Traditional room

Preserved 18th century house of a Muslim family. The house belonged to a famous Glođo family, who then left with no man heir sold the hose to the Svrzo family. House was then bought from them by the state and opened to public in the 1960s. Since then house has been renovated several times and it is a prime example of the traditional Bosnian architecture with public and private parts of the house, includes garden and art.

Enclosed garden, public part of the house (looks amazing in spring and summer)

By visiting this house you will get a sense of how the wealthy Muslim families lived in the city, the poor lived a bit differently, like anywhere else.

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Week days 10h-18h

Saturday 10h-15h

Prices:

3,00 KM

Address:

Glođina 8, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices contact the museum, visit the museums website and social media:

T: +387 033 535 264

e: svrzinakuca@muzejsarajeva.ba

W: http://muzejsarajeva.ba/en/depadance/svrzo-s-house

 

5. The Despić House

Is the example of wealthy Orthodox Christian family house. The house belonged to the Despić family, until the 1960s when Pero Despić donated house to the city.

Front facade of the Museum

This was a home to the city’s first theater performances, the love of plays, music and performing is what defined this family. You will see a wonderful private belongings of this family and read the beautiful testament from Hadži Makso Despić.

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Week days 10h-18h

Saturday 10h-15h

Prices:

3,00 KM

Address:

Despićeva 2, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices contact the museum, visit the museums website and social media:

T: +387 033 215 531

W: http://muzejsarajeva.ba/en/depadance/the-despic-house

F: @muzejknjizevnostiipozorisneumjetnostibih

 

6. The War Childhood Museum

(photo by www.starigrad.ba)

This newly open, youth led and emotionally moving museum should be a reminder that the children are the biggest victims of every war. The museum collects personal items from children who survived the war, every personal item has a story.

(photo by www.starigrad.ba)

We now you travel to relax, to meet others and try new cuisines. We know Sarajevo is not just about the war, and that many of you come here to see the different side form the war thorn one. But war is a part of our story, its scars are everywhere, and it is up to you to see them or not. No matter how painful that story is it is still our story and we want you to read it, we want you to know what happened in the heart of Europe, when the Berlin united and whole world was living the 90s. You lived the best of life, while we, our parents, were surviving.

Visiting this museum will tell you the most innocent story, the real war story, far from nationalistic, religious and political propaganda. The story of children. Hopefully you will leave the museum and Sarajevo as changed person, you will defy wars, and build peaceful communities. Historia est magistra vitae!  

(photo by www.radiosarajevo.ba)

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Monday-Sunday: 11h – 19h (July and August: 10h – 20h)

Prices:

Children: free

Youth: 5,00 KM

Students: 8,00 KM

Adults: 10,00 KM

(Admission to the Museum is free the last Thursday of each month, between 17h-19h)

Address:

Logavina 32, 71 000 Sarajevo

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices visit the museums website and social media:

W: http://warchildhood.org/museum/visitor-information/

F/I: @warchildhoodmuseum

 

Bonus

The newest museum in the city is “Valter brani Sarajevo” (Valter defends Sarajevo) named after the greatest film ever made in Yugoslavia and directed by great Hajrudin Šiba Krvavac. This is a movie about the partisans who defied the Nazi occupation, who led by Valter Perić fought back and liberated the city. Interestingly, the movie was so popular in China. Museum hosts photos from the shooting, wax figures of the main characters, film costumes,and reconstructions of the scenography. This is a rare opportunity for you to be one of the first tourists here, help this new, independent museum and learn more about our movie production.

FAQ and information you should know

Working hours:

Every day: 10 h – 20h

Prices:

Currently  5 KM (but the new price list is in the making)

Address:

Dženetića Čikma 12, 71000 Sarajevo

Souvenir shop and something extra is being built in the old part of the town, it should be finished soon so stop by and see it for yourself.

Ćurčiluk mali

For more information about exhibitions, working hours and prices visit the museums website and social media:

W: http://fcs.ba/projects/#valter

F: @valterbranisarajevo

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