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In our five years of work, the WCM welcomed 70.000+ visitors to its 12 exhibitions, involved 15.000 school children in its educational activities, expanded its collection to 5.000+ objects and 300+ hours of audio and video testimonies – thus chronicling 15 armed conflicts from children’s perspective – and opened three offices outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Last week, we celebrated this 5-year milestone with a range of activities for children, youth, and adults alike!

The WCM Birthday Week program involved five days of free entry, five different workshops centering on themes close to the Museum, and a creative contest awarding one teen with a trip for five of their friends.

Over the course of our birthday week, we have welcomed visitors from over 15 countries to our permanent exhibition, including school-age children and families, the latter of which had the chance to interact with the stories and objects on display by using guides specifically designed to foster intergenerational dialogue.

Five children posing with museum guides (booklets) with balloons. They are standing in front of a large WCM banner

Performance, music, and mindfulness workshops, which were realized in cooperation with our friends and partners, focused on individual growth and acquisition of new skills and techniques in accordance with the participants’ age, while emphasizing openness to different experiences and the importance of empathy. The highlight of these educational activities was a series of peacebuilding performance workshops, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” carried out by professor Henry Bell of the University of the West of Scotland and the WCM’s educators.

The workshop methodology was developed in cooperation with the “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” Association and utilized the basics of Image Theater to deepen the children’s understanding of the past, the present, and the future in relation to personal belongings found in the WCM’s collection. The powerful group performances also brought to attention the significance of peacebuilding and each individual’s role in it. Moreover, several of the participants in the WCM’s collection took part in a somewhat modified version of the workshop, strengthening bonds between them and contributing to their individual healing processes. 

Thank you for supporting our work and making our 5th birthday truly special!