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 War Childhood Museum (WCM) has expanded its activities to contemporary conflict, post-conflict, and resettlement zones. The WCM now operates projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Lebanon, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, the Netherlands, the United States, and other countries, becoming an international platform that amplifies the voices of 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
“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.”MARCO, ESTONIAVisitor
PROJECTS IN FOCUS
Developing video games for social impact
Children as Peacemakers in Divided Societies
We tell the stories that have to be told. Help us tell more.
At the War Childhood Museum, we stand independent, fueled by the unwavering support of donors, partners, and friends. Now, we invite you to be a part of our journey. Your support can make an even greater impact, allowing us to do more.