Permanent display


The front desk of the Museum Alija Izetbegović is located at the Kapi-kula Ploca. There is a Library on the ground floor of the Ploca Tower, next to the admission office. The Library houses the most significant works of Alija Izetbegović in Bosnian and foreign languages, as well as some of his personal belongings: glasses, watch, bag and a pocket edition of the Holly Qur’an, which he always held close to himself. His most famous works, such as Islam Between East and West, Islamic Declaration, My Escape to Freedom and others, can be found there.

All visitors have the opportunity to see two films on life, persona and work of Alija Izetbegović that are displayed on the LCD screen above the front desk. The films “Fortitude of Living” and “In the Service of Bosnia” have also been translated into English language. The way they are produced fascinates both domestic and foreign visitors.

Passing through a small door on the right side of the front desk of the Museum, then climbing up the wooden stairs, one comes to the first floor of the Ploča Tower where the life of Alija Izetbegović is shown on nine exhibition boards, chronologically arranged, as well as through text and photographs, portraying him as a common man, politician and statesman.

The exhibition is divided into nine smaller units:

Youth,
Sarajevo Process,
The first multi-party elections and breakdown of Yugoslavia,
International recognition of Bosnia-Herzegovina,
In the Hell of Sarajevo,
The Victory of the Truth,
The Idea of Bosnia – Challenge of all Humanists,
Departure into the Eternal Life and
Others about Alija.

In the central part of the upper floor of the Ploca Tower, there is a glass showcase exhibiting the most important international awards and acknowledgements which the deceased President received, such as: the highest State Medal of the Republic of Croatia, Grand Order of the Queen Jelena, Annual Award of the American Centre for Democracy from Washington, Medal of Freedom of the Republic of Turkey, Order of Independence by the state of Qatar, Prize of the Forum Crans Montana, King Faisal International Prize, award as the Islamic Person of the Year, acknowledgement from the Pope John Paul II, etc.

This area has a built-in wooden mezzanine where films can also be seen, and which is a place of countless interesting and constructive talks with the visitors and researches who write about this part of the Bosnia-Herzegovina’s history, as well as with those of different opinion about this part of the truth.

After the visit to the Ploča Tower, the interest of the visitors is directed to the Sirokac Tower, showing the role of the President Izetbegović in the defence against the aggression 1992-1995. The way to the Tower leads across the tower wall, which is partially covered and resembles a tunnel. The symbolism of the tower wall makes the visitors sense the struggle of good against evil; the feelings which permeate the work of Izetbegović. This symbolism speaks of his constant commitment to connect people, nations and cultures.

The Museum’s display at the Sirokac Tower is dedicated to Alija Izetbegović as the Commander in Chief of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the systematic organisation of the defence against aggression. Six wall boards present the establishment of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the role of its Commander in Chief, organised around the following topics:

Threats to the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Answers to the Threats to the Bosnia-Herzegovina’s State.
Military Preparations to defend against the Aggression on the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Beginning and Risks of Military Organisation for the Defence of the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Personal Contribution of the President Izetbegović for the Defence of the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Most Critical Time and Strengthening of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and
Some of the Significant Statements of the President Alija Izetbegovic

Wall-mounted glass showcases show the uniforms of the soldiers at the beginning and the end of the war, as well as the acknowledgements the soldiers of the Army of BiH gave to their Commander and President. The floor glass showcase, the glass flooring, shows a part of the improvised, hand-made weapons used by the defenders during the first and the most difficult days of the aggression.  Above the glass flooring, in the “floating showcase” which occupies the central part of this area, there is the original beret with the crest of BiH, which the President and the Commander wore both in the country and abroad and which became the symbol of the fight for Bosnia-Herzegovina.