By Ana Buljan
The Sarajevo Museum of XIV Winter Olympic Games was established to preserve the memory of the organization of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
The museum was officially opened on February 8, 1984, on the day of the beginning of the Winter Olympics.
The concept and programs of the museum were modelled after those of the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
Between 1984 and 1992, the museum prepared more than 300 programs dedicated to sports and arts, promoting the universal values of the Olympic spirit and art.
The original museum building, constructed in 1903 in the Sarajevo downtown, was severely damaged in April 1992, at the very beginning of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the majority of museum exhibits were preserved.
The museum was reconstructed and reopened in 2004, on the 20th anniversary of the XIV Winter Olympic Games.
The ‘new’ Olympic Museum of Sarajevo is now located in premises of the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the ‘Zetra’ complex, Alipasina Street b.b.
The museum documents the preparation and organization of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, and owns a collection of graphic art from around the world, titled ‘Art and Sport’.
The museum frequently organizes screening of documentary movies and video footage showing the events during the 1984 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic Museum in Sarajevo is opened Monday through Friday from 0900 to 1700 hrs.
The XIV Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo were held on February 8-19, 1984, and hosted 49 national Olympic Committees. A total of 1,272 athletes competed in 39 events and six different sports.