Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sarajevo

The entire history of Sarajevo can be seen in its various museums. If you would like to know and to some extent see what this city has been through, you should definitely step into some of its museums. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about Sarajevo's interesting history.
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Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Bosnia-Herzegovina » Sarajevo (See other walking tours in Sarajevo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: DanaU
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Alija Izetbegovic Museum
  • Svrzo House
  • Jewish Museum
  • Brusa Bezistan - Sarajevo Museum
  • Sarajevo City Museum
  • Despić House
  • Museum of Literature and Performing Arts
  • Novi Hram (The New Temple)
Alija Izetbegovic Museum

1) Alija Izetbegovic Museum (must see)

Open since 2007, Alija Izetbegovic Museum is located in the old town, near Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci in Sarajevo. This museum/monument, erected with the help of Izetbegovic's many admirers, reveals the never-to-be-forgoten story of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The permanent exhibition displays the artworks of Alija Izetbegović, which tell the story of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also gives you the opportunity to find some more information about the first President of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Besides exhibitions, Alija Izetbegovic Museum also runs workshops for primary-school pupils.
Svrzo House

2) Svrzo House (must see)

This house was built by the renown Glođo family, an important figure in the fight for the autonomy of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman Empire, and was originally known as the Glođo house. It is a museum that displays the way of life of a Muslim family at the end of the 17th century.

Because the Glođo family didn't have any male successors, the house was acquired by the Svrzo family. Today, Svrzo House represents a typical example of a house from that time, with two parts: selamluk and haremluk (the public and the private house).

After the Siege of Sarajevo, the house was seriously damaged, but soon repaired and open to the public in 1997. Another reconstruction of the house took place in 2005, when the roof and the pavement were repaired.
Jewish Museum

3) Jewish Museum (must see)

Built in 1581, the Jewish Museum was erected as a residential facility for the poor Jewish community. The original design of the building is unknown due to several fires that devastated it. The present structure dates from 1821, has three naves, is 14 meters long and 10 meters high. Here, you will see impressive exhibits that once belonged to the Jewish community.

Today, this temple is considered to be one the most important Jewish cultural monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Brusa Bezistan - Sarajevo Museum

4) Brusa Bezistan - Sarajevo Museum (must see)

The building of the Bursa Bezistan was erected by the Great vizier of Sulejman the Magnificent in 1551. It was originally intended as a market place for silk. Today, it holds permanent exhibitions of archeological items that are divided into three parts: prehistory, antiquity and the Middle Ages. Also, the museum displays items from the Ottoman Empire and the Austria-Hungarian empire.

Bursa Bezistan is a rectangular construction with six big and two smaller domes. The building itself is also worth admiring before you step inside.
Sarajevo City Museum

5) Sarajevo City Museum (must see)

The Sarajevo City Museum is housed in a building in front of which the assassination of Franz Ferdinand took place. Its permanent exhibition, called “Sarajevo 1878 – 1918”, displays items related to Austria-Hungarian period. The exhibitions at Sarajevo City Museum are divided according to themes, such as: Sarajevo resistance, the local culture, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife, and some other historical events of the period.
Despić House

6) Despić House

Taking into account the style and the construction materials used for the building, the Despic House was most likely built between 17th and 19th centuries. According to some studies, the structure we see today was the result of joining two adjacent houses. Its present appearance is the work of Franjo Linardić and Franjo Moise. The Despic House was the home to the first home theater in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The theater room was turned into a museum in the 60s.
Museum of Literature and Performing Arts

7) Museum of Literature and Performing Arts

Established in 1961, the museum is the brainchild of Razija Handžić, who had the idea since 1955, when he worked as a curator for the Museum of Sarajevo. The Museum of Literature and Performing Arts was at first known as the Museum of Literature, and 16 years later was officially established as the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The museum is housed in an old building that once belonged to the Despić family. Among the items you may find there are books, magazines, photos, manuscripts, paintings, portraits, and many more.
Novi Hram (The New Temple)

8) Novi Hram (The New Temple)

Located on the west side of the Old Temple, the The New Temple is today an art gallery owned by the Jewish community of Sarajevo. The temple is similar to a church, with three naves and a two-sided roof. Note that the entrance to the gallery of the new Temple is from the south. You should definitely include this place in your list for two reasons: the building itself is worth seeing and the exhibitions that are organized will impress you.

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