Haggadah in National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Top 10 Sarajevo museums and galleries you must visit

Searching for the best Sarajevo Museum or Sarajevo Gallery to visit to spend your afternoon? Seek no more. 

Sarajevo is a city with a rich history. Therefore we prepared something for our guest. This is a Tallest Tourguide Tours guide through museums in Sarajevo. You could use this opportunity while you are in Sarajevo to learn more about it and about the history of Bosnia. History of Sarajevo and Bosnia is really complex and sometimes hard to understand, especially if you are not coming from the Balkans. The easiest way to add up on your knowledge about this country is through tours and exhibitions. Ticket prices for museums and galleries are so low and cheap that you can go to certain museums for the price of 2 EUR.

It’s safe to say that Sarajevo will have something to offer for your refined taste for knowledge. In the following text, we will be covering the most prominent museums and galleries, which you shouldn’t miss while you are in Sarajevo.



1. National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Areal view of a National Museum complex of Bosnia and Herzegovina

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is established in 1888 during the rule of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It features archaeology, ethnology, and natural science. It is the oldest Western-style cultural institution in the country. Various types of exhibitions, everything from an early age to recent history. This is what makes this museum an ideal source of knowledge of people of all ages.

National museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to the most famous book in Bosnia, Sarajevo Haggadah, and you can read about it on this link here.

 Basic entrance fee: 

  • Age 5 and under: Free
  • Age 6 to 18: 1.50 EUR / 3 BAM
  • Retirees: 1.50 EUR / 3 BAM
  • Adults: 4.00 EUR / 8 BAM

 Museum operates every day except Monday.

Remark: The entrance to the Museum between 18 and 19 is free for children and 

pensioners, while adults pay a 1.50 EUR ticket.


2. Ars Aevi - Art museum

Plato in front of Ars Aevi museum

The opening of the art museum Ars Aevi was a form of resistance during the war in 1992. Artist from all around the world were invited to donate some of their works as a form of support to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia which was under devastating siege.This was a place where art was a getaway. Activity which gave many people a purpose to live on and create.

Ars Aevi unique’s collection has arrived at Sarajevo in 1999, it is composed of around 150 pieces. Most of these artworks were a donation from local and international artists.

If you are interested in some of the contemporary art tours you can contact us. We offer Unexplored Sarajevo Graffiti Free Tour that you can visit. 

Basic entrance fee:

  •  Adults – 2 EUR / 4 BAM
  • Children – 1 EUR / 2 BAM

Museum operates from Monday to Sunday in period 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


3. Museum of Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Old Sephardic Synagogue - Jewish Museum

Old Sephardic synagougue which became part of Sarajevo Temples in 1581 at the moment is the home to a Jewish museum in Sarajevo. This museum is one of the loveliest exhibit spaces in Bosnia. Not only it exhibits religious artifacts which are common in Judaism but there are also some private and professional items of most prominent Jews who lived in Sarajevo. 

The upper floor points out the darkest period in human history in which Jews suffered a lot. Items which were collected from this period are also exhibited in a museum.

This is one of best museums in Sarajevo so do not miss it. You can come to our Fascinating Sarajevo Jewish Tour to learn more about the Jewish history and to visit the other Jewish synagoguges in Sarajevo.

 Basic entrance fee: 

  • Adults – 1.50 EUR / 3 BAM
  • Children – 0.50 EUR / 1 BAM

Museum operates from Monday to Friday in the period from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The museum is closed on Saturdays. 


4. Brodac Gallery of Contemporary Art

Brodac - Gallery of contemporary art

A gallery of contemporary art which is contributing to the culture and art of Sarajevo. A project started by the initiative of young artist Mak Hubjer, based in Sarajevo.

 “We are present to support and introduce contemporary art to all, in order to serve society for the common good of every one of us.”

The aim of the gallery Brodac is to become the new location of art circulation. Not only that, but it also serves as a venue where young artists can meet and socialize. 

There is no entrance fee for this gallery, it operates from Tuesday to Saturday in the period from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On Sundays and Mondays the gallery is closed.


5. War Childhood Museum

War Childhood Museum building

Sarajevo Museum and an award-winning museum which took the most prestigious prize in the museum industry in 2018 will be definitely on our list. It was a reward as a part of the competition, the European Museum of the Year Awards.

 The Council of Europe writes: “The War Childhood Museum, which is deliberately apolitical, aims to fill in an existing gap in documenting war experiences from the child’s perspective and therefore expands its research and collection across Bosnia and Herzegovina, among diaspora living abroad and also globally.

The goal of the museum is to store the memories of the children whose childhood was affected by the war. Sharing the vision through different media channels of the documents which were preserved.

The War Childhood Museum will trigger a wide spectrum of emotions and we are proud that this Sarajevo museum is at the top of European museum lists.

Basic entrance fee:

  • Children 6 and under: Free
  • Youths 7-17: 2.50 EUR / 5 BAM
  • Students: 4 EUR / 8 BAM
  • Adults: 5 EUR / 10 BAM
  • Family pass: 12.5 EUR / 25 BAM

 **For youths ages 7-17 participating in a pre-scheduled national school visit, admission is 1 EUR per student; otherwise admission for youths is 2.5 EUR.

Museum operates Monday to Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (July and August: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM).



6. National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

A gallery which exists since 1946. The main focus of this institution is the art of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 20th century. Collection of this gallery contains around 6000 artwork. Constitution of the gallery is divided into several categories: Art of B&H, Collection of artworks from former Yugoslavia, Collection of icons, drawings collection from Austria-Hungarian period and others.

General entrance fee is 2.50 EUR / 5 BAM

Gallery operates from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. It’s closed on Sundays.


7. Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 A cultural institution which is nurturing cultural and historical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. What is unique for this museum is that it is focused on the history of anti-fascism during World War II and the cultivation of socialist state values.

This Sarajevo museum develops various programs and activities to encourage discussion between the visitors. 

Out of all museums in Sarajevo, this one is offering a better understanding of the past, present, and future through museums collections.

If you wish to do tour and in the end to visit museum, you can book the Siege of Sarajevo Free Tour that finishes up in front of the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Basic entrance fee: 

  • Adults – 2.50 EUR / 5 BAM
  • School groups – 1 EUR per person / 1 BAM
  • Persons with disabilities – 0.50 EUR / 1 BAM
  • Guided tour in English – 15 EUR / 30 BAM
  • Guided tour in Bosnian – 10 EUR / 20 BAM

Museum operates every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.


8. Gallery 11/07/95

Gallery 11/7/95

The first memorial gallery with a goal to preserve the memory of Srebrenica tragedy. Cherishing the memory of 8372 civilians who were affected by this event.

The permanent exhibition provides a documentary of the Srebrenica aftermath. Through a wide range of multimedia content – images, maps, audio, and video materials.

The general concept of this institution is to serve as a gallery-museum hybrid. The main focus of the gallery is to be a strong and influential voice against all forms of violence in the World.

If you wish to visit Srebrenica you can join us on Case Study Srebrenica Day Trip. One of the most difficult things to do is to pass on the knowledge about this in the right way. Read our article about Srebrenica & History est Magistra Vitae as well if you wish to learn more. 

Basic entrance fee:

  • Adults – 6 EUR (Tour guide included) / 12 BAM
  • Children (13 and under) – Free

Gallery operates from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


9. Despica kuca - House of a Despic family

House of merchant Despic family

As a descendent of this prominent Sarajevo family, it was Pero’s wish that Despić House, now an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo, serve as an exhibit that would show the way of life of one old Serbian family. It was also a way to preserve the memory of the Despić family, which left an indelible trace on one period of Sarajevo history.

The Despićs, who made their fortune as artisans and traders, were members of the Sarajevo elite at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Despić House even served as a precursor to the city’s modern theater, with the first theatrical performances given in the drawing room of the home.

The house contains many interesting items which belonged to members of the family, including the will made by the most famous and influential Despić, Hajji Makso, as well as the piano that belonged to his Austrian daughter-in-law, Wilhemina “Mina” Despić, which was produced by a family-run company, Neubauer, in Vienna.

Basic entrance fee:

  • Adults – 1.5 EUR / 3 BAM
  • Students – 0.50 EUR / 1 BAM

Museum operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. (From Oct 15: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

On Saturdays 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.


10. Tunnel of Hope Museum

Tunnel Museum of Sarajevo

Tunnel Museum is definitely the most visited museum in Sarajevo. The story goes back in the period of 92/95 when Sarajevo was under the siege by the Bosnian-Serb forces. The tunnel, which was constructed during 1993, represented the only link with the outside world.

An 800 m long, 1.6 m high and 1 m wide tunnel which was the only hope for the further resistance. Connecting 2 houses on opposite sides of an airport runaway.

Within the museum, you will learn how the life was in Sarajevo during the siege, how the tunnel was constructed and other. As an addition to the exhibition, there are maps, images, video materials. There are rooms that explain certain circumstances during the siege of Sarajevo.

Check out the Tunnel Museum on our Uncensored War in Bosnia Tour or Top Secret Sarajevo War Tunnel Tour which have detailed explanation about the tour.

Basic entrance fee:

Basic entrance fee:

  • Adults – 5 EUR / 10 BAM
  • Students – 2.50 EUR / 5 BAM

Tunnel museum has a seasonal working schedule:

1. April – 1. October / 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (last entrance in 4:30 PM)

1. November – 31. March / 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (last entrance in 3:30 PM)

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