The Olympic Museum opened on February 8, 1984 in Sarajevo, on the day of the opening of the XIV Winter Olympics. From 1984 to 1992, the museum was located in a representative villa in the center of Sarajevo. This was a luxury villa built in 1903 for the lawyer family Mandic.
The building of the Olympic Museum was designed by a famous Czech architect Karlo Paržik and was modeled after luxurious European villas. After the Second World War, the building was nationalized and declared state property. During the last war, 1992-1995, the museum was completely devastated, and works on the restoration of the museum began only in the last few years.
The Olympic Museum building has been proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the architectural ensemble of villas from the Austro-Hungarian period.
The museum was opened with the aim to permanently preserve the memory of the organization of one of the largest sporting events held in the Southeast Europe.
Rescued exhibits were exhibited in the new Olympic Museum in 2004, with aim to mark the 20th anniversary of the XIV Winter Olympic Games. Today, exhibits from the museum are exhibited in Zetra complex on the premises of the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The museum owns a documentary setting on the organization, preparation and realization of the 1984 Winter Olympics, as well as an art collection of donated works of art such as the collection of maps „Art and Sport“. Here visitors will have the opportunity to see works f art made by Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, as well as a collection of contemporary Bosnian artists: Mersad Berber, Bosko Kucansky, Mehmed Zaimovic and others.
The opening of the museum in its original building, in downtown Sarajevo, is planned for this year.
Ticket price for Olympic Museum
The entrance to the Plympic Museum is FREE OF CHARGE.
Working hours of Plympic Museum
Olympic Museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.