Sarajevo Museums 5 Places You Must Visit During Your Stay

Vijećnica Sarajevo Museum
Vijećnica Sarajevo Museum

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina opened on February 1, 1888 and was first housed in a building next to the Sarajevo Cathedral. Construction of the facility in Marijin Dvor finished in 1913. It's a design by Karl Paržik.

This Sarajevo museum allows visitors to walk through Bosnia and Herzegovina's past, from earliest times to the ethnology exhibit, whose interior captures the atmosphere of a traditional city house during the Ottoman period.

The permanent exhibit, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Middle Ages, takes up three separate halls. They contain archaeological pieces dating from the Middle Ages. Among the 11,500 items on display, some adorned the interior of the palace where the royal Kotromanić family lived.

The most valuable item in the museum’s collection is the famous Sarajevo Haggadah. The Sephardic Jews brought it to Sarajevo when they left Spain. There is also the rich collection in the natural history section. It covers both living and non-living worlds, including a skeleton of a bearded vulture, a bird with a giant wingspan which flew in the skies above Bosnia and Herzegovina not that long ago.

There's a botanical garden in the complex, home to more than 3,000 types of plants, including some endemic varieties. Some of the most representative examples of Bosnian stećci are also on display.

AddressZmaja od Bosne 3, Sarajevo
Telephone+387 33 668 027
OpenTuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 19:00
Weekends10:00 - 14:00

Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo

Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art
Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo Museums

The Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art opened during the war, in 1992.

A group of enthusiasts invited artists from all over the world to give some of their works as a symbol of support for Sarajevo during the Siege. They also built a collection for what would later become the Sarajevo museum of contemporary art.

Ars Aevi’s unique collection arrived in Sarajevo in 1999. It shows about 150 works of art donated by renowned local and international contemporary artists. Today, this collection is one of the most important collections of modern art in Southeastern Europe. It's on display at the Ars Aevi Art Depot in Dom Mladih, until the museum’s new facility on Wilson’s Promenade is ready.

The design for the new museum is by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano. He donated the materials used for constructing the pedestrian bridge. It spans the Miljacka River near the site of the future Ars Aevi Museum. Ars Aevi organized many exhibits in Sarajevo by prominent artists, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joseph Kosuth, Joseph Beuys, Bizhan Bassiri, Maja Bajević, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Jannis Kounellis. They all donated some of their own works to this Sarajevo museums collection.

AddressTerezije bb, Sarajevo
Telephone+387 33 216 927
OpenMonday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Museum of Literature & Performing Arts Sarajevo

Museum of Literature & Performing Arts Sarajevo
Museum of Literature & Performing Arts Sarajevo

This Sarajevo museum deals with the collection, preservation and presentation on the development how the history of literature and performing arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Founded in 1961 as the Museum of Literature, it a decade later to cover topics relating to the performing arts scene in the country.

It’s in the heart of Sarajevo in an old family house from the mid-19th century, making it a fine cultural-historical monument. The Skarić family first owned the house and then the Despić family, whose members left both this object and Despić House to the city of Sarajevo. The latter now houses an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo.

The museum holds 67 literary and 17 theater-related collections containing more than 20,000 items. There are also permanent exhibits: Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević’s Study Room and the Bosnian Rooms of Petar Kočić, Hasan Kikić and Isak Samokovlija. The ground floor of the museum, the Mak Gallery, has served as an exhibit space since 1992.

AddressSime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, Sarajevo
Telephone+387 33 201 861
OpenMonday - Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00

Vijećnica Sarajevo Museum Sarajevo

Vijećnica Sarajevo Museums
Vijećnica Sarajevo Museums

The Vijećnica Museum's premises are in Vijećnica's basement. It's one of the most recognizable symbols of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital city, but also a world symbol of the meeting of civilizations.

While Vijećnica was under reconstruction, plans arose to include a space for a permanent exhibit about the building’s original construction, its incineration and renovation, as well as the major events that this building saw during its history.

Work on the permanent exhibit is still in progress. In the meantime, visitors can take a look at the exhibit, “Sarajevo City Hall Revisited”, by Nedžad Mulaomerović. The exhibit tells the story of Vijećnica’s reconstruction, which took two decades to complete.

Another exhibit is “Sarajevo 1914-2014”, together with the JU Museum of Sarajevo and tells the story of Sarajevo over the past 100 years, including the story of one of its most important symbols – Vijećnica.

Svrzo’s House Sarajevo

Svrzo House
Svrzo House Sarajevo Museums

The Svrzo’s House represents the lifestyle of an urban Muslim family in the late 18th and throughout the 19th century.

A prominent Sarajevo family, the Glodos, built the house. A member of this family was a kadi, famous for his involvement in Bosnia’s struggle for autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. The family failed for want of a male heir, and the property passed by marriage to another family, the Svrzo's. Svrzo’s House is a typical example of the architecture of that period, with its division into public and private quarters.

The city purchased it from the Svrzo family, refurbished it and opened it to the public in the 1960's. Following the siege of Sarajevo, the renovated house again opened to the public in 1997. More renovations happened in 2005.

The painted decoration on the musandera in the main drawing-room, which had faded over the years, was restored. The Museum has published a bilingual – Bosnian and English – monograph on Svrzo’s house.

AddressGlođina 8, Sarajevo
Telephone+387 33 475-740

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