War Childhood Museum
The War Childhood Museum opened in Sarajevo in January 2017. The Museum‘s collection contains a number of personal belongings, stories, audio and video testimonies, photographs, letters, drawings and other documents offering valuable insight into the unique experience of growing up in wartime.
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What are we collecting?
Everyone has an item that reminds them of their childhood; so do people who were growing up during the war. The War Childhood Museum collects artifacts, from favorite books and an improvised oven to ballet shoes that war survivors have saved to this day. For us, even more important and valuable than the items themselves are the personal experiences of their owners. This is why every item is accompanied by a unique personal story.
We are gathering video testimonies through an oral history method that enables us to document peoples’ memories of growing up during the war. For the first time after 20 years, wartime childhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina is being researched in this way. Video testimonies are being translated into English to make them available to researchers throughout the world.
We are collecting items and stories and filming video testimonies with the aim of exploring the experience of growing up in war. After we have collected over 4000 items from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and filmed over 100 hours of video testimonies, we plan to continue our work by documenting the experience of war childhood in other countries as well. Our goal for the next ten years is to create the world’s largest collection dedicated to the experience of growing up in war.
After several temporary exhibitions in 2016, the War Childhood Museum opened its doors in in January 2017 in the historical heart of Sarajevo. The Museum had organized thematic exhibitions as well and traveled to other museums and galleries throughout the world. Besides its permanent exhibition, the War Childhood Museum is present on social media, web page, mobile app, but also in schools and universities as well.
We are creating and implementing educational materials with the aim of raising the awareness about the importance of peace for the future generations. Besides hosting school visits at the Museum, our staff holds workshops in schools across the country, and also cooperates with teachers to encourage the use of our educational materials among a larger number of students. Only in the first six months of 2017 the War Childhood Museum has worked with more than 5000 children.