Museum of the Old Bridge (2006)
The museum, opened in 2006, to celebrate the second anniversary of the reconstruction of the bridge, has its premises inside the Tara Tower complex and is made up of three distinct sections.
The first, represented by the Tower itself, displays an exhibition of objects of archaeological interest discovered during the reconstruction carried out in 2002, all of which are enriched by informative charts that explain the principal historical events connected to the Bridge. From the five floors of this section, which are open to visitors, one reaches a lovely gazebo, standing at the highest point of the building which offers a 360° panoramic view of the city. The second section exhibits pre-existing remains of archaeological importance from underneath the tower, the remains of two wooden bridges belonging to the period before that of the stone bridge and the base of the Old Bridge. And finally, the third section, called “Labyrinth”, is made up of a photographic gallery dedicated to the Old Bridge, to the damaged towers and to their following phases of rebuilding. Audio-visual multimedia charts recount the history of the reconstruction of the bridge.
Address and contacts: Stari grad.b.b.; tel. +387 (0)551 004. Opening times: open every day (except on Mondays) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Herzegovina Museum
For those who wish to get more acquainted with the history of Mostar and Herzegovina, this small but pretty museum is a must; it stands in the rooms of the house where Džemal Bijedić lived, the former head of the Yugoslav Government who died in a plane accident in 1977. The building, constructed in the Austrian-Hungarian period, is an example of a successful mixture of the style of Austrian dwellings with architectural features of Oriental residences. The museum itself possesses a rich collection of archaeological and ethnographic findings, as well as utmost valuable documents supplying information on the various periods of the city of Mostar and of the whole of the Herzegovina. Inside, there are areas where original furniture and objects of daily use belonging to past city and country times, can be admired.
Address and contacts: Bajatova 4; tel. (0)36 551 602 / (0)61 273 477. Opening times: from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Saturdays from 10:00 am to noon.
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