Muzej Sarajevo 1878-1918

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The Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian: Muzej Sarajevo 1878–1918 / Музеј Срајево 1878–1918) is located near the Latin Bridge in central Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The building had been Moritz Schiller’s Delicatessen in 1914, the year that Franz Ferdinand, the heir-presumptive of Austria Hungary was shot dead by Gavrilo Princip from the street corner outside, indirectly starting World War I.

Museum

The permanent exhibition holds a collection of items and photographs with which the museum presents a chronological history of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is divided into thematic units:

  • Resistance to occupation
  • Administration and cultural life
  • Cultural and religious-educational societies, printing houses and publishing
  • Industry and architecture
  • The effect of Austro-Hungarian annexation of Bosnia and the Bosnian Parliament
  • The Assassination of Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia leading to World War I.

Given Princip’s often widely differing perception to different parts of society (freedom fighter to many Serbs and pan-Yugoslavs, terrorist forerunner of Karadzic to some Bosniaks), the museum tends to downplay the historic significance of the building despite its location being the main draw for many visitors.

Princip’s Gun

To the disappointment of some visitors, the pistol on display in the museum is a replica, not Princip’s original. Shortly after the assassination, his actual gun was given, along with the Archduke’s bloody undershirt, to Anton Puntigam, a Jesuit priest who was a close friend of the Archduke and had given the Archduke and his wife their last rites. The pistol and shirt remained in the possession of the Austrian Jesuits until they were offered on long-term loan to the Museum of Military History in Vienna in 2004. It is now part of the permanent exhibition there.

Contact

Muzej Sarajevo 1878-1918
email
muzejsarajevo1878-1918@muzejsarajeva.ba
address
Zelenih beretki 1 71000 Sarajevo
phone
+387 033 533 288