Museums


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On Friday, the students from 2A took me to the Tunnel museum. We had to take the tram to the end of the tram line in Illija and walked to the Sarajevo suburb of Butmir, where the international aiport located. Only then, I understood why people told me to take the taxi to the Tunnel when I asked for the direction to get there by buses. We walk on the earthen road passing small houses and fields under the summer heat and the relentles sun rays for about half and hour.

 

 

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And we arrived in front of a shattered house, the Tunnel Museum of the Kolar family.

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The 800 meter long, 1 meter wide, and 1.60 meter high tunnel (I circle the tunnel on the below picture) was dugged in 1993, a year after the war began, providing the only safe land route for humanitarian aids and escape in and out of the city. Two of the students on this trip walked through this tunnel during the siege. One had to go to the doctor, and one had to go and live live with her uncle on the other side of the city. For 3 1/2 year, the city was under siege by the Bosnian Serb forces. A mixed Bosniak-Croat friend of mine told me that the reason for choosing the location of the tunnel was that people kept trying to escape by running on the airport runnaway and killed by snipers.

Siege

The part of the tunnel open for visitors was only 20 meter. It was a short walk underground, but I think that it was enough.

Tuneli 1
033 628 591
Open every day: 9:00 to 15:00

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Ars Aevi
Terezije bb Sarajevo
+387 33 201 208

Bosniac institute (Bošnjački Institut)
Mula MustafeBašeskije 21
03 279 800
Open Sat: 9:00 to 16:00 (only for advanced organized groups)

City Sarajevo museum (Muzej Grada Sarajeva)
Despićeva 2
033 215 534
Open Mon to Fri: 11:00 to 13:00

Despića house
Despića b.b. Sarajevo
+387 33 215 534
Open Mon to Fri: 11:00 to 13:00

Historical museum of BiH
Zmaja od Bosne 5
033 210 418
Open Mon to Fri: 9: to 1900, Sat and Sun: 9:00 to 13:00 histmuz@bih.net.ba

Jewish museum
Velika avlija b.b. Sarajevo
+387 33 663 473 Open Mon to Fri: 10:00 to 17:00, Sat and Sun: 10:00 to 13:00

Museum of 1914 Assination if Sarajevo

Muzej književnosti BiH S.
M. Sarajlije 7 Sarajevo
+387 33 471 828

National museum (Zemaljski Muzej)
Zmaja od Bosne 3
033 668 027
Open every day except Sun and Mon: 10:00 – 14:00
Ticket: 5KM
www.zemljskimuzej.ba


(I am not a fan of museums since I never really learn anything from visiting the museums. I went to this one because I thought after all it is the national museum, the biggest museum in the ex-Yugoslavia and 2nd biggest in the Balkans. As I thought, there was nothing interesting unless you are interested in archelogy and biology. Besides, the descriptions are in Bosnian.)

New Jewish Synagogue
Hamdje Kreševljakovića 59
033 662 472

New Serbian Orthodox Church
Zelenih beretki 1
033 201 518

Old Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum
Mula Mustafe Bašekije 59
033 571 761

Olimpic museum (Olimpijski Muzej)
Alipašina bb, Zetra
033 663 513
Open everyday from 10:00 to 16:00

(According to a friend of mine, this museum is smal and has little to offer. She recommended that you should not waste money on it.)

Svrzo's house (Svrzina Kuća) Glođina 8
033 535 264
Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00

(An example of old, rich Bosnian houses in Turkish style 200-300 years ago.)

War museum tunnel (Ratni Mezej Tunel)  (review)
Tuneli 1
033 628 591
Open every day: 9:00 to 15:00


Next to it is the museum of the 1914 assasination
. Franz Ferdinand assassination place