Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres

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The Durrës Archaeological Museum in Durrës, Albania, established in 1951, is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481. The 1997 rebellion in Albania saw the museum seriously damaged and looted.
The bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi, an elliptical colourful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.
In 2010, the Durrës Archaeological Museum is expected to undergo a total reconstruction. Despite the importance of archaeological objects, the museum is not an independent institution and is operated by the Regional Directorate of Durrës Monuments. The museum is supported by the Albanian Institute of Archaeology and the Academy of Sciences and intend it to become a national museum according to archaeologists such as Adi Anastasi and Luan Përzhita, given the historical significance of its artifacts and their illustration rich cultural heritage.
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  • IMHO this is by far the best archeological museum in Albania (much better in the terms of the way the finds are presented and their quality than the one in Tirana) comparable only to the exhibits on.....  more »
  • A nice, small museum to learn about local history. Admission is 400 lek- a little pricey for Eastern Europe, but still affordable. Most of the artifacts are from ancient grave sites and some are...  more »
  • Very interesting and informative museum. It was empty when we visited, saw no other visitors. Good displays with translations if needed. Very clear directions and friendly staff. Temp check etc. on...  more »
  • Nothing special. Only ground floor open still charged full price even tho this appeared to be less than half the public area. The air conditioning was the best part. Displays not bad but no extensive explanations of artifacts the general signage is overview general history. Pleasant, but again, nothing special. The building itself is a bit eccentric on the outside some sort of modernistic.
  • Worth the time to visit. In a hot summer day great place to cool off for an hour or so!
  • Nice experince. It was good to learn about Durres' and Albania's history a bit through archaeological findings. Unfortunately only the main floor was open, as the 1st floor was under renovation.
  • It is a wonderful museum with great staff and displays. All the displays are organized in a way that makes sense (chronological order). The museum could be visited without the help of a guide, but non the less the guides are there to help and they do a great job. The only problem is the lack of funds to expand the number of displays. With entire floors being empty one could only imagine what is possible is the future.
  • A great place. Roman byzantine and ottoman history. Loved it.

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