Olympic Museum

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Within the concept base of the Olympic Committee of BiH the significant dimensions is placed upon the idea and the concept of spreading of the Olympic values and Olympic spirit in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital, Sarajevo. One of the most representative segments of the Olympic Committee of BiH that participates in the affirmation of the Olympic values is the Olympic Museum.

The Museum was established by the decision of the Organizational Committee of the 14th Winter Olympic Games with the aim to permanently protect the memory of the organization and implementation of the 14th Winter Olympic Games. In the presence of numerous invitees and President J. A. Samaranch, the Museum was officially opened on February 8, 1984, the opening day of the 14th Winter Olympic Games.

The concept and program of the Museum are designed on the model of the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne with the idea to conduct synthesis and affirmation of the two main features – sport and art. Since 1984 until 1992 the Museum prepared more than 300 programs on sports and arts, trying to affirm the universal value of the Olympic spirit and art.

The “new” Olympic Museum in Sarajevo was rebuilt and officially opened on February 8, 2004 celebrating 20 years of the 14th Winter Olympic Games. The Museum was officially opened by Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee and Mr. Denis Zvizdic, prime minister of the Sarajevo Canton. With the reconstruction of the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo, the significance of the organization of one of the most important sport events in the Southeast Europe was stressed along with the fact that Sarajevo was the only host of the Winter Olympic Games in this region.

The basic concept of the new Olympic Museum is to present the Olympic spirit, Olympic values, creativity, youth and other positive heritage of the event through sports and arts. Through the segment of sport the Museum presents the preparation, organization and implementation of the 14th Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, and through the segment of art it presents the Map of World Graphics Art and Sport with the pieces by Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, as well as the collections of the contemporary artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina including pieces by Berber, Kućanski, Zaimović etc.
The Olympic Museum in Sarajevo also has the equipment for video screening so visitors and groups have a chance to see the movies from the opening and closing ceremonies of the 14th Winter Olympic Games.
Within the activity framework of the Museum different period programs are presented, as well as exhibitions, lectures, sport and cultural conferences, with the aim to spread and promote the Olympic values and the Olympic spirit.
In the past six years the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo has significantly reconstructed its exhibition fundus, through the individual donations and institution donations i sport equipment and souvenirs as well as art works related to the 14th Winter Olympic Games.
The Olympic Museum in Sarajevo is financed by the activities of the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The entrance to the Museum is free of charge, and the periodic income the Museum realizes from the Ministry of Culture of the Sarajevo Canton and the Federal Ministry. Generally, the work of the Museum is financed by the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Olympic Committee adopted the Project of Adaptation of the former building of the Olympic Museum and its function in future. The decision was made that the building of the Olympic Museum would be converted into the building of the Olympic Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. That would, in fact, be an open university for sports with many programs activities in the area of sport theory and practice, designed on the model of a number of national Olympic Committees in the world that have such an institution.

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