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This museum deals with the collection, preservation and presentation of items which tell the story of the development of the history of literature and the performing arts in BiH.
Founded in 1961 as the Museum of Literature, it was further expanded nearly a decade later to cover topics that related to the performing arts scene in BiH.
It’s located in the heart of Sarajevo in an old family house that was built in the middle of the 19th century, making it a fine cultural-historical monument.
The house was originally owned by the Skarić family and then the Despić family, whose members bequeathed both this object and Despić House to the city of Sarajevo. The latter now houses an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo.
The museum’s holdings comprise 67 literary and 17 theater-related collections which contain more than 20,000 items.
There are also permanent exhibits: Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević’s Study Room and the Bosnian Rooms of Petar Kočić, Hasan Kikić and Isak Samokovlija.
The ground floor of the museum, the Mak Gallery, has served as an exhibit space since 1992.