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“The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand”
Review of Muzej Sarajeva

Muzej Sarajeva
Ranked #64 of 135 things to do in Sarajevo
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 25 May 2018

I think every tourist who wants to see something in Sarajevo first must respect history about the city, for example this topic about how WWI started. Near the Latin Bridge in Sarajevo at June 28th year 1914, Gavrilo Princip (member of the Black Hand secret society) mortally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie. In that period it was immposible that something like that can happen. The assassination led directly to the First World War. Sarajevo Museum is located near the bridge and in that museum you can find life-size sculptures of Ferdinand and Sophie how they looked like in ther last moments before they died. Also, there is original tea and dinner set from hotel that they used. And also there is original indictment for Gavrilo Princip. Unfortunately, the gun that Gavrilo used is fake and all other objects and according to some details the real one is in austrian museum somewhere in Austria. On Latin Bridge you can see traces of their car because they where in a car before they died. Also they got official store inside museum and you can find some cheap objects for your collection. What this museum is missing is that they need to improve more about this story for example a room where you can see a play of the scene, or return Gavrilo's footsteps, car, and other objects. There is no need to hide that from tourists.
But, I recommend everyone to see the museum. At least you will see something, it's WWI anyway...

Thank Mimmy N
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We learn quite a lot from this small museum with old pictures, newspapers, guns and cloths. It is a very small museum in 30 min you will see everything

Thank Jeanny8
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This museum is a single room with no significant items of interest. Most of the display cases around the walls contain objects which set the scene for the period - books, watches, hand crafts, clothing, etc - but very little about the context of the assassination or the players. There is some silent footage on a small screen and another flat touch screen, which may have more info but as it’s the only thing which might, someone else was using it with another person waiting and we didn’t wait. We tried to walk the room again but it just didn’t have enough to hold us. You’re far better off looking at the photographs on the walls outside. A big disappointment.

Thank Ann W
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Situated adjacent to the Latin Bridge where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, the Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918 may be slightly small, but the history it provides is fascinating. We entered after exploring the bridge and Old Town area, as two scholars of history anyway; we were greeted by an elderly lady who seemed to be the only staff member.

Entry is 4 Marks, but we had nothing smaller than a 10 note. She, kindly, issued us inside and walked across to the bakery over the road herself to get some change for us, which was very nice of her.

The first thing one notices inside when going round is the reenactment of the Ferdinand assassination played out by actors on a screen, which is interesting even if the only subtitles are in Bosnian. Going round the room, you are then introduced to the background of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s annexation by Austria-Hungary, and the events leading up to the assassination. This culminates across the same room with mannequins of the aristocrats as well as a cabinet containing some of their personal effects as well as those that were confiscated from Princip.

At the end is a computer screen with a lot more information than the museum provides and extends to modern history as well. One is free to browse the archive on here, though some chairs would have been nice while we did so as there is quite a lot of it. Overall it was interesting, though do not be under any pretence of impartiality - especially on the section from the 1990s to the present.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

You have to go to the site, so well worth popping into this tiny museum, and watch the interactive displays. Great value and well worth one hour of your time in the City.

Thank David H
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