Sarajevo is an interesting city for travelers who look for museums, art and history. Only in the last 500 years, the city was part of the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the former Yugoslavia. Such history made Sarajevo a hub of cultural and religious diversity, while being the border amongst big empires.
As shown in the map below, the listed museums on this post are located in the city center, except the Sarajevo Tunnel, that is next to the airport.
Nowadays it’s a military museum. The Sarajevo Tunnel used to serve as an underground to escape the Serbian siege in the city during the 1992-1995 War.
National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Founded in 1878. Closes on Mondays. At this museum, there are historical treasures such as old Haggadahs and prehistoric objects, as well as the following permanent exhibitions:
- Fossils of Sarajevo and vicinity
- Birds of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Rocks and ores
- Forests of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo Museum 1878-1918
This museum houses a permanent exhibition from 1878 to 1918, the Austro-Hungarian period. It’s next to Latin Bridge, where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated.
The exhibited themes are about the Austro-Hungarian legacies on culture, politics, architecture, industry, lifestyle and modernization and the World War I.
War Childhood Museum
A museum whose idea started from a book (War Childhood: Sarajevo 1992-1995) and in 2015 opened up to share memories, stories and reconciliate after traumatic experiences from the war. Opens from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
An exhibition of images, audio and videos of the Srebrenica tragedy, a genocide that killed over 8.000 persons in the city of Srebrenica on July of 1995, despite this city was protected by a peace agreement.
Sarajevo Brewery Museum
Together with Sarajevo Brewery (Sarajevska Pivara), founded in 1864, the one of the oldest industrial plants in Bosnia.
The museum opens from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 h – 18:00 h. To visit the brewery, it’s necessary prior arrangements, maximum 15 persons per group. There’s also a package with a restaurant a few meters from the brewery, Pivnica HS.
A house built in 1551 by the silk trader Rustem Pasha, where he used to sell the silk. Nowadays it’s a museum with permanent exhibition of prehistory, Antiquity, Middle Ages, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian periods.
A house built in 1700s that represents how an urban Muslim family used to live in the Ottoman Sarajevo.
A house that used to belong to an Orthodox Christian family, Despic. It presents the lifestyle of an Orthodox Christian family in the 17th century.
The Jewish Museum
Housed in the oldest synagogue of Bosnia, built in 1581. The exhibition highlights the contributions of Jews in Bosnian society, to science and arts; and on the Holocaust during World War II.