Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Names, photographs, and personal possessions of 12,000 Jewish victims of World War II are kept at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 1581 synagogue. Surrounded by bare walls and wooden floors, the site houses an artistic exhibit that outlines the suffering of Bosnia's Jewish population, who were originally expelled from Spain in 1566 and found refuge in Sarajevo. See the synagogue that became a prison after 1941, and find out how this community helped shape the history, art, and culture of their host country until the war ended. Read stories of the volunteers who protected the Jews during their struggle. Take a look at our Sarajevo online itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The museum has interesting displays of Jewish life of the past 400 years in Bosnia. Good descriptions in English.  more »
  • This is a beautiful building which attests to the success of the Jewish community before WWII. The pictures along the walls showing the history is also interesting. If you have an opportunity talk to ...  more »
  • Gives a very informative insight into the Jewish communities suffering during the war periods. The worker is incredibly helpful and could tell personal family experiences of actual events.  more »
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  • We visited the museum and synagogue a few years ago and I really enjoyed the experience and learning about Jewish history in Bosnia. The curator was lovely and really helped my wife in getting valuable information.
  • Truly fascinating museum Intriguing, pleasant, and heartbreaking at the same. A must see for every Sarajevan and visitor alike.
  • One of the historic highlights of the city, a must see if you are taking a tour.
  • Very nice museum, must see for tourists.
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