The Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918 is an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo and its permanent exhibit shows Sarajevo during the time of Austro-Hungarian rule (1878-1918).
The Sarajevo Assassination was carried out on June 28, 1914 right in front of what was then a shop named “Schiller's”, in the building that now houses the museum. The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian heir apparent, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, was carried out by Gavrilo Princip, a member of the revolutionary organization, Young Bosna.
The museum’s exhibit is laid out chronologically and starts with events which paved the way for the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to receive its mandate during the Berlin Congress to occupy Bosnia and Herzegovina and ends with the First World War, whose outbreak was caused by the Sarajevo Assassination.
The exhibit can be divided into eight distinct sections: Resistance to Occupation, New Administration, Cultural Life, Cultural-Religious Educational Societies, Printing Presses and Publishing; Industry and Architecture; Annexation and the Bosnian Diet; The Assassination of the Heir Apparent, Franz Ferdinand, and His Wife, Sophie and The First World War.
The life-size models of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie are among the most interesting items on display.