IUS Professor and Students Visit the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Assist. Prof. Dr. Aliye Mataracı organized a visit to the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina with her students from Historical Thought class. The aim of this visit was to analyze the contents and historical significance of the exhibitions in The National Museum. The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded in 1888 and is the oldest of the modern cultural and scientific institutions of Western type in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to budgetary restraints, National Museum was closed in 4 October 2012, after 124 years of its existence. After suffering political and financial turmoil, museum finally reopened to public on September 15, 2015.

During their visit, students had the opportunity to see three different sections of the museum: Archaeology, Ethnology and Natural History. Each section offered extensive source of knowledge for the visiting students. Accompanied by the resourceful and charming museum staff, students had an opportunity to listen and discuss the significant historical events of different periods at the exhibition sites. They compared and contrasted the historical narrative(s) with historical “reality”, as well as its representation. This visit to the museum was very interesting for IUS students and for museum staff.