Museum closure highlights the deep pain of Bosnia’s divide

It’s not often that Bosnia appears in international headlines these days – and most Bosnians would be grateful for that. When it does attract the attention of outsiders, it’s often for a bad reason – as it was when international media reported the closure of the country’s 124-year-old National Museum this month.
The closure is yet another reminder of the instability engendered by Bosnia’s divided administration and the crisis faced by its economy.
The National Museum survived two world wars and the 1,425-day siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s. But it has failed to weather the inability of Bosnia’s politicians to reach across ethnic divides and agree on funding for national institutions such as the museum and the National Art Gallery – also closed.

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