Džemal Bijedić Memorial House

History Department

Džemal Bijedić Memorial House

The Džemal Bijedić Memorial House as depandans of Herzegovina Museum was opened on April 22, 1981. Herzegovina Museum has been designated as the bearer of museological activities. For this display, 12,300 museum items have been collected (photographs, albums, three-dimensional objects, letters, reports, manuscripts, filmstrips, prints, mourning books in our and foreign embassies, etc.). This enabled the formation of the Džemal Bijedić Fund, as an integral part of the other funds of the Herzegovina Museum necessary for the realization of the museum display and further scientific research and collection of materials.

The conceptual vision for decorating the Memorial House was created by Moni Finci, a museum expert from Sarajevo. The Institute for Urban Planning and Communal Activities done its part. Its architects Nedim Džudža and Mehmed Peco, in consultation with the author of the conceptual concept, Moni Finci and his associate Džemal Čelić, created the conceptual design of the building, respecting its ambient and autochthonous value as a family house intended for a public institution of special interest and task.


Since its opening, and later after the war, a permanent exhibition called “The Džemal Bijedič Life and Work” has been set in the house.

His political biography dominates the exhibition. It is a cross-section of the political and cultural events of the 20th century in Mostar, and it consists of the history of the labor movement in the 30s in Mostar, the later organization of the national liberation movement in Mostar, the organization of the new state government in the socialist era through the Herzegovinian district with the exposed documentation of the opening of economic facilities, railways, then the biographical political activities of Bijedić through the performance of the most important functions at the republican and federal level.

Activities related to the economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina, contribution to the activation of cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the launch of television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the launch of the Bosnian Academy of Science and Arts, and engagement at the Yugoslav federal level as prime minister, with special emphasis on international activities through visits to 42 countries around the world. The permanent exhibition also includes some of the objects from the scene of the death on January 18, 1977, such as airplane parts, personal belongings, etc. There is also a rich fund of video material and photographs.

Permanent Exhibition of Džemal Bijedić Memorial House