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Ethnographic Museum, Gjirokaster

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See how wealthy families of the 19th and early 20th century lived at Ethnographic Museum. The site of the museum was once home to Enver Hoxha, Albania's communist dictator for just over 40 years. The original house burned down in 1966 and was replaced with a reconstruction of a traditional home for a wealthy family in the 19th and early 20th century. Each room is decorated as if a merchant family, or Ottoman administrator, still lived there, with furniture and items arranged to reflect their domestic purpose. Take a free, self-guided tour around the four fully furnished floors of reception and sitting rooms. Put Ethnographic Museum into our Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Gjirokaster.
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  • Very interesting to understand the local culture and traditions sudalbanesi. It is advisable to organize with a guide to fully enjoy your visit. It is not difficult to find good, speaking a good Italian. The place deserves to be seen, to complete a tour of the country.
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  • The museum has been moved to the Hoxha house. Unfortunately, we did not have someone fluent enough to explain the different purpose of the rooms (summer/winter/wedding/cooking/ Muslim treatment of wom...  more »
  • One of the great and beautiful traditional houses in gjirokaster, in which, today, the Museum is housed. Many exhibits are not to be found here, and therefore I recommend visiting the zjekate house on the edge of the city rather
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  • The Ethnographic museum is a place to visit if you're interested in Architecture and cultural heritage. The museum shows the interior and traditions of the 19th century Albanian high class society. The guides were also very helpful and answered our questions :)
  • Nothing special, but worth seeing.
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  • An exceptional replica of the Harding birthplace after fire in 1966, dilapidated... There is no money in the State. Probably quite a lot original building substance. Worth seeing.
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  • It is worth to visit this museum. It's the old native House of Enver Hodja, the former leader communsite of the 1960s to the 1990s Albania.
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Where to stay in Gjirokaster

As a World Heritage Site, Gjirokaster attracts a fair number of tourists. However, there are a limited number of hotels, and even fewer hostels. The town is divided into two sections: the atmospheric old town is up on a hill, and the newer part is down below in the valley. Most of the historical attractions lie in the old town; staying here puts you within easy reach and saves you a daily walk or taxi ride up and down the hill.
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