World’s only museum focused exclusively on childhood affected by war.

Rising from the crowd-sourced book War Childhood and championing the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship, the independent, youth-led War Childhood Museum has garnered recognition as the world’s only museum focused exclusively on childhoods that have been affected by war.

Celebrating Children’s Resilience

Having proven successful in providing Bosnians of all ages with a rare opportunity to confront the traumas of their recent past without reinforcing ethnic boundaries, the WCM has expanded its activities to contemporary conflict, post-conflict, and resettlement zones. With projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Lebanon, Ukraine and the United States, the WCM is becoming an international platform that gives voice to current and former war children.

The 2018 Council of Europe Museum Prize—one of the most prestigious awards in the museum industry—was awarded to the War Childhood Museum as part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

Through its unique platform, the WCM is able to tackle trauma at an individual level for both participants, whose personal stories and objects comprise the museum’s collection, and visitors—ultimately contributing to greater understanding for society as a whole.

What We Do

Reviews and Accolades

“The War Childhood Museum is a telling example of what museums can do to change people's lives and make our world a better one to live in.”

DR. MARLEN MOULIOUHead of Jury, European Museum of the Year Awards

“I want to express my support for the War Childhood Museum. It is important that such museums exist and tell the stories of people and their objects.”

ORHAN PAMUKAuthor, Nobel Prize Laureate

“By learning from the events that transpired, we help ensure that they never happen again. This important museum plays a significant part in the efforts at remembrance.”

ANN LINDESwedish Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Life is made of stories. This museum is made of stories and life. Please, keep telling stories to show that life can't be defeated by war.”


We tell the stories that have to be told. Help us tell more.

The War Childhood Museum is an independent non-for-profit museum not funded by the state. Own revenues coupled with consistent support of our donors and partners, enabled the WCM to sustain and grow its activities. Prior to Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum’s own revenues generated through tickets and souvenir sales contributed significantly to its operational budget.

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Our exhibitions and educational programs reach millions.


#ChildrenAndGenocide, a global online campaign and exhibition

War Childhood Museum Ukraine

Documenting the Donbas War from children’s perspective