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“Fascinating museum”

Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ranked #20 of 128 things to do in Sarajevo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This little three floor museum is in a Sephardic synatgogue. It is fascinating. The Jews expelled from Spain came in the 15th century to find refuge here and prior to WWII there were 9,000 Jews of which 7,000 were killed by the invading Nazi Croatians and Germans. They have some of the ancient artifacts and many of the photos of the various group activities of the kids and adults of this active community and some of the cultural artifacts such as the Golden Book. They continued to speak Spanish. One of the museum staff was present to answer questions - speaking fluent English. He said there are now 700 in the Jewish community of Sarajevo of which about half are Jewish and others are from other religions in mixed marriages (interfaith marriages have been common in Bosnia). Not expecting much, I found this to be the most interesting among several very interesting museums in Sarajevo.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Liked the information available and the wooden design.
Now I know how a circumcision knife looked like a long time ago.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

It was wonderful to see how Sephardic Jewish people lived many years ago. My grandparents were married at this former synagogue, and I was so grateful to find it still standing.

Thank L J
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was a small museum in the Bascarsija. Most of the things in the museum were the same as what you've seen in other Jewish Museums throughout Europe, though this one does have a copy of the Haggadah that is in the National Museum, if you don't have the chance to make it out there and want to see it.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The Jewish community was once strong in Sarajevo, and this is an excellent introduction to the life there in a beautiful old building.

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