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“Oldfashioned, but very enjoyable!”

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Belgrade, Serbia
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119 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Oldfashioned, but very enjoyable!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

This museum still follows the original idea of its Austro-Hungarian creators to present under one roof an overview of Bosnia-Herzegovina: is consists of an archeological (Roman finds on the groundfloor, Bosnian medieval state finds on the first floor - nowhere else one can see such an extensive collection of material remains from this period), natural history (flora, fauna and geology - like a small version of Natural History Museum in Vienna) and ethnografical section. The last one is the smallest of all three and in fact it consists of several beautifully preserved interiors (together with mannequins) of Muslim houses only. It's a pitty there are no other exhibits one normally expects to see in such a section (folk costumes, folk art, objects for everyday use...). And how about the other ethnic groups living in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Serbs, Croats, Jews)? In a country with such a rich folk culture, expanding this section of the museum to include various aspects of traditional life of all peoples living in it should be a must, making this museum even more enjoyable. In the small botanical garden there are several medieval stećci tombstones, so don't forget to check them too, specially if you have no time to visit them in situ (like at Radimlja near Stolac in Herzegovina).

Visited June 2012
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Rochester, New York
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82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great history of the region.”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

The Museum was damaged in the war and they seem to still be in the process of fixing it up. Some exhibitions were closed, my guessing they were still being renovated.
My favorite section was the history of the region of BiH. They have alot of artifacts dating back to hundreds of years BC. Theres alot of leftover monuments from the roman era. I spent alot of time in this section as there were quite alot of explanations in english, which was nice.
The other sections of the museum are like you would expect in any big museum. Fauna, animals, insects, minerals. All very nice but nothing I havent seen before. The history building makes the entire visit worth it however. The gardens are also very nice. If you stop in to sarajevo and would like to know about the history of the area, this is a great informational visit.

Visited May 2012
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“in very bad condition”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

The flora and fauna part was interesting but is falling apart. Botanical garden is part of the museum, and I supose it is nice in summer. Not enough explained.

Visited March 2012
Thank AnaNovakovicBelgrade
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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298 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Beautiful building, interesting exhibitions, but neglected by the state”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

Funny working hours and lack of finance diminish extreme importance of this national institution and its valuable exhibitions. Normally it would be "Must See" for every visitor.

Thank Filotije
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Budapest, Hungary
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if you have an extra half day”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Other than the history, I liked the nice courtyard. Even governmental parties are held here :) Note that the curious marks on the pavement were created by bombs from the latest wars.

Visited December 2011
Thank Krisz_says
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