Around half of the small but engrossing History Museum 'non-ideologically' charts the course of the 1990s conflict. Affecting personal...
Long-established ecotourism specialist, Green Visions offers a wide range of weekend and tailor-made hiking trips into the Bosnian...
This valuable if patchy international collection of contemporary art is displayed temporarily within the lumpsome Skenderija Centar The...
Lighten the miserable effects of the sad History Museum next door with a drink at this amusingly tongue-in-cheek cafe, where the many...
Zmaja od Bosne 3 · interesting places nearby
National Museum information
Bosnia's biggest and best-endowed museum was closed in October 2012 due to persistent funding problems. Ironically, it had been a rare institution to have remained at least partly functioning throughout the siege era, and its impressive 1913 quadrangle of neo-classical 1913 buildings survived reasonably intact.
Assuming it reopens, the greatest highlights are its Illyrian and Roman carvings and especially the world-famous Sarajevo Haggadah, a 14th-century Jewish codex said to be worth nearly a billion US dollars. Geraldine Brooks' 2007 historical novel People of the Book is a part-fictionalised account of how the Nazis failed to grab it during WWII. But for now the institution's continued closure is a source of shame to many citizens. A handwritten sign in the window translates roughly as 'Without museums, without culture, without morals'. If you're passing, you can still admire the open-air collection of exceptional medieval stećci (carved grave slabs) in the grounds out front.