Museums in Tirana

The most unusual museums are to be found in Tirana: a huge bunker used by the communist government as shelter of last resort in a time of war has been turned into museum; a once infamous house covered with leaves was the one-time spy HQ from where hundreds of thousands of Albanians were persecuted during the dictatorship; it has been turned into a museum, the House of Leaves, and houses thousands of files and espionage devices; the National Museum, the largest in the country, hosts objects and stories from pre-historic times up until the period of communism, with photos, videos and stories from one of the longest-lasting and most repressive regime in Europe.

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If you are keen to know the turbulent history of the Albanians, this is the place to visit. The National History Museum is the most important museum in Albania and contains a well-documented history of the country. The museum is divided into eight pavilions: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Independence, ...

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The National Archaeological Museum is situated in Mother Teresa Square. It was the first museum to open in Albania after WW2. Inaugurated in 1948 as the Archaeological and Ethnographic museum, the ethnographic section was later, in 1976, moved. Located in the same building as the Institute of Archaeology ...

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BunkArt 1 Museum provides a great journey through a strange and obsessive mind of a dictator. A symbol of political paranoia during the Enver Hoxha rule, this is a ‘must see’ for all people visiting Tirana and who are interested in the history of the country. Difficult to get there by foot, ...

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The Natural Sciences Museum is a rare national asset and of much scientific and cultural value. By visiting the seven pavilions you will quickly get to know the rich diversity of animals and plants to be found in the country: the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, aquatic invertebrates ...

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House of Leaves is the newest museum to open in Albania, and probably the most intriguing. It is considered to be the equivalent of the Stasi headquarters of the former East Germany. The leaves have a double meaning: things hidden in woods, but also the leave of books and files, on people. Those curious ...

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Bunkart2 is the latest museum opened in Tirana on 17 November, in the framework of the National Day of Tirana Liberation. This top-secret nuclear bunker now is a new museum in the very center of Tirana, behind the Public Order Ministry, with aim to show visitors how Communist-era police persecuted the ...

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