The front desk of the Museum Alija Izetbegović is located in the Kapi-kula Ploča. Next to the admission office, on the ground floor of the Ploča Tower, there is a library which includes the most significant works of Alija Izetbegović in Bosnian and foreign languages. The first part of the museum collection includes some of his personal belongings: his glasses, watch, bag and a pocket edition of the Holy Qur’an. Copies of his most famous works, such as Islam Between East and West, Islamic Declaration, My Escape to Freedom and others, can also be found here.
The visitors have the opportunity to view two documetary films about the life and work of Alija Izetbegović, displayed on the LCD screen above the front desk. The films “The Audacity of Living” and “In the Service of Bosnia” have also been translated into English. Both domestic and foreign visitors enjoy the screening of the films.
After passing through a small door on the right side of the front desk and climbing up the wooden stairs, the visitors enter the first floor of the Ploča tower where the life of Alija Izetbegović is displayed on nine chronologically arranged exhibition boards, accompanied by text and photographs, portraying him as a statesman, politician, and intellectual.
The exhibition is divided into nine categories:
1984 Sarajevo Process,
The first multi-party elections and dissolution of Yugoslavia,
International recognition of Bosnia-Herzegovina,
In the Hell of Sarajevo,
The Victory of Truth,
The Idea of Bosnia – Challenge of all Humanists,
Passing into Eternal Life and
Others about Alija
In the central part of the Ploča tower, there is a glass showcase displaying some of the most important international awards and acknowledgements received by the late President, 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, the Islamic Person of the Year, thr acknowledgement from the Pope John Paul II, etc.
This area has a built-in wooden mezzanine where visitors can view films and where both visitors and researchers can discuss their views and ideas on the modern history of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The two towers, Ploča and Širokac, are connected via a stone fortress wall which is partially covered and resembles a tunnel. After visiting the exhibition in the Ploča tower, the visitors are guided to the Širokac tower, which houses the second part of the ehxibition. Here, the emphasis is on the role of the President Izetbegović as Supreme Commander of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the defence against the Serbian aggression from 1992-1995. Six panels display the establishment of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the role of its Supreme Commander, divided into the following themes:
Threats to the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina and its Answer
Military Preparations for defence against the Aggression on the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Beginnings and Risks of Military Organisation for the Defence of the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Personal Contribution of the President Izetbegović to the Defence of the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Most Critical Times and the Strengthening of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and
Some of the Significant Statements of President Alija Izetbegovic (brisala bih)
The wall-mounted glass cabinets display the uniforms of the soldiers from the beginning and the end of the war, as well as the acknowledgements that the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina has awarded to their Supreme Commander and President. The glass flooring exhibits improvised hand-made weapons used by the defenders during the first and the most difficult days of the war. Above the floor, the “floating showcase” which occupies the central part of the room, displays the President's original beret with the coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he wore during the wartime and which became the symbol of the struggle for his country.
The permanent museum exhibition is located in the towers Kapi-kula Ploča and Širokac. In the Ploča tower, the life of Alija Izetbegović as statesman and politician is displayed on chronologically arranged exhibition boards, accompanied by text and photographs. In the Širokac tower, the exhibition is dedicated to Izetbegović's role as the Supreme Commander in the defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Serbian agression.
Established in the recent times, the Museum „Alija Izetbegović“ offers modern answers to questions from the past, but also sets the foundation for the future. Through its objective scientific approach, it encourages young people, intellectuals and researchers to approach modern history with expertise and knowledge.
The Museum educational programs are designed for elementary and secondary school students. They include professional tours of the permanent museum exhibition, interactive school workshops, pedagogical and educational publications, lectures, special programmes observing important historical dates, etc.