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. Using our online itinerary creator, Gjirokaster attractions like Ethnographic Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The Ethnographic Museum of Gjirokastra is located in what was once the family home of Enver Hoxha, leader of communism in Albania, but apart from a hint at its entrance, there is no reference to it. The structure is interesting because it is very well preserved and taken care of, but the entrance no one will offer to give you information and you will be accompanied by a brochure (in my case in Italian) rather confusing and poorly translated. I recommend it for the level of preservation, but I believe we could do more to provide information along the way.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The price of admission 200 lek. Worth a look. Family house Comely. Time max 30 minutes. A lot of visitors in high season.
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  • August 4, 2017
    In Gjirokaster, Albania, not right in the old town, the neighborhood so said Pazar, but reachable in few minutes walk walk, you can visit the ethnographic museum housed in a different city. decorated in Ottoman style and birthplace of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha. You visit shortly after paying the entrance and recovered, absolutely be returned on leaving, a leaflet in Italian, which from a series of interesting news and explanations. Surveying many components of furniture, ceilings and other objects on display included a series of traditional Albanian clothes. Hoxha indeed remained very little to say almost nothing but reports still your thoughts turn to that man who, for decades, has dominated an entire country and its people with a dictatorship of the worst in terms of lack of freedom. Not to be missed and good visit obviously!!
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  • May 3, 2017
    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 :)
  • August 23, 2016
    Nothing special, but worth seeing.
  • March 18, 2016
    Exeptional !
  • August 17, 2016
    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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  • September 11, 2016
    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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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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