Bosnia National Museum shuts amid cash crisis

Protest at closure of Bosnia National Museum, 4 Oct 12 The weak central government failed to keep the National Museum going

Related Stories

Bosnia's National Museum, which survived two world wars and the 1990s siege of Sarajevo, has closed because of lack of funds and political splits.

The museum dates back to 1888, when Bosnia-Hercegovina was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Staff have not been paid for about a year. They and hundreds of students protested over the closure on Thursday.

Bosnia's divided ethnic groups have failed to agree on cultural funding since the war ended in 1995.

The National Museum's exhibits include the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript brought to Bosnia by a Jewish family expelled from Spain during the Inquisition and saved from Hitler's forces during World War II.

For years the museum and six other cultural institutions - guardians of Bosnia's national heritage - have struggled to survive with ad hoc grants from different branches of government.

"Such a complex institution cannot function by improvisations. The authorities must provide the funds for employees' salaries and functioning costs," said National Museum manager Adnan Busuladzic.

He said the museum needed about 60,000 euros a month (£48,000; $78,000) for its regular activities and events.

Bosnia-Hercegovina has no central culture ministry. The country is divided into the Bosniak-Croat Federation and the Bosnian Serb Republic (Republika Srpska).

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Europe stories



Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.