Having been promulgated as a national monument in 2005, the Old Town was systematically restored.
The Old Town is completely open to visitors. In the summer various events are organized as a part of the “Summer in the Old Town” manifestation. In the improvised medieval market called “Garbun” there is a summer garden with a souvenir shop, and in the lower garden there is a stage with auditorium.
After the thorough restoration of the tower and the powder-store with a plateau, in there are two permanent exhibitions.
The Polygonal Tower
Ethnographic exposition “The Folk Culture of the Travnik Area”
On the ground floor of the section with its sixteent angles is situated an ethnographic exhibition named “The Folk Culture of the Travnik Area”
The exhibition has been adjusted to the space in such a way that on the larger wall spaces the photograph boards are a continuation of the wall cabinets.
The wall spaces between the ancient crenels (loopholes) have been used for the wall cabinets where the traditional clothing of all three ethnicities of this area is on display.
In the five ground cabinets there are tools and utensils that the villagers used for different needs in their daily life: construction works and food-making, clothing, crockery, stock farming and food production, especially milk – for example the traditional Travnik and Vlašić cheeses.
The copies of the photographs in the museum library displayed on the boards above the cabinets show typical examples of traditional engineering, and those of village houses of Central Bosnia (“dimalučara”, “dvobojka”, “čardaklija”), as well as field work (sowing, threshing), sheep grazing etc.
A special segment is dedicated to the millennia-old way of making earthenware at the hand wheel, still practiced by Refik Delić, the last earthenware maker in the village of Pulac near Travnik.
In the carved wooden chest woven towels for everyday use are exhibitede, but also for the home decoration for newlyweds. The two smaller cabinets contain wooden objects decorated with motifs of popular ornamentation (distaff, manger, pincushions, earmarks etc.) used for daily chores, while some of the objects have a ritualistic function as well and testify of religious and spiritual life and widespread folk beliefs.
Next to the entrance, on the left–hand side, there is a small stand where copperware and objects used for open hearth cooking are displayed, as well as other objects for everyday use, such as “dubak” (children’s manger), “jandžik” (sackcloth bag), saddlebags, cuffs etc.
On the right-hand side, under the staircase, a traditional loom with inserted calico is displayed (“ćereće”). On the floor, decorated with a sheet, there are examples of wooden crockery for making and keeping the dairy products, and the tools used for making the crockery.
A special part of the exhibition is dedicated to the traditional village clothing of all three ethnicities living in this area. The clothes are represented in pairs, one male and one female. Croatian and Serbian clothing kept its typical elements of the Dinara region (male and female embroidered blouses, woven wool aprons, embroidered head scarves, doublets made of cloth etc.). In the Bosniak village clothing there is a dominant influence of the oriental urban wear (“dimije”, “ćereće” – thin cotton cloth used for shirts, waistcoats, “ječerme”, headwear like “jemenije” and fezzes, slacks and dolmans etc.)
Permanent exhibition “Antiquity and Natural Rarities of the Travnik Region”
Following the circular route and looking at pictures and texts in the cabinets, a visitor goes through a historical story on past civilizations, the shifts and intertwining of different cultures in these regions. Through the most characteristic examples of mobile excavations and architectural heritage, one has the opportunity to experience the historical narrative of these areas, but also to get to know rarities and characteristic vegetational and animal species, as well as geographic peculiarities through the layout relief of Travnik municipality at the center of the room.
In the arched powder-store various events are held (workshops, lectures, chamber concerts), but also different exhibitions throughout the year, such as “The Old Town – the process of restoration and revitalization”. This documentary exhibition originated in 2010 and every year it was supplemented with new photographs on the restoration process before the fort’s reconstruction and after its completion.
Cafe & Souvenir Shop “Garbun”
There is no better way to relax, after sightseeing the Regional Museum of Travnik exhibitions, than to be refreshed by a cup of Bosnian coffee and eventually to summarize the impressions of Travnik, the town with a rich and peculiar past.
A protective fence on the southwest wall has been constructed so that drawings of archaeological excavations from Travnik and its surroundings are drawn on glass partitions. This forms a pretty belvedere surrounded by jasmine blossoms looking out at the town bellow.
“Summer in the Old Town”