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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • This place is a must for visit.Before the ethnographic museum was placed in the home of a big ,old and popular familly in Gjirokastra(Skenduli house).Now it is place in the comunist dictator Enver Hoxha's birth home. The museum has different rooms which indicates very clearly the traditional lifestyle of Gjirokastra.One of the most beautiful rooms was the one with the traditional costumes.The costumes are really beautiful and traditionally decorated with complicated embroidery.This thing is realted close with the fact that albanian women have inherited the tradition of handcrafts. Ticet price is very reasonable and affordable,it is just 2 euros or 200 leke with Albanian currency.
  • 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 :)
  • There are more attractive places and houses to visit in the city.
  • Nice place to visit.
  • Communist leader house

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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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