Sarajevo’s Olympic Museum will open its door next month again, nearly three decades after its demolition during the siege of the Bosnian capital.
Mayor Abdulah Skaka announced that the institution will be solemnly opened by the Olympic Committee representatives and the Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo, Princ Albert.
All exhibits that were displayed in the museum were preserved during the 1990s war and the collection is impressive.
“In terms of art, there is a map of graphic art containing the works of Andy Warhol, Henry Moore, Pistoleto and many others. 17 world-renowned artists worked for Sarajevo Olympic Games. The collection of sports documents from 14th Winter Olympic Games contains photos, posters by Ismar Mujezinovic, Jure Franko’s skis, old bobsled, old skis, Olympic torch, medals,” said Emin Numankadic, the museum director.
Olympic Museum initially opened on February 8, 1984, on the opening day of the 14th Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Until 1992, when it got severely damaged by a grenade, the museum was housed in Villa Mandic, one of Sarajevo’s landmark that was built in 1903 for a prominent attorney and politician, Nikola Mandic.
Most of the collection was transferred to the Zetra Olympic Hall where it has been stored until today.