National Gallery of Art, Tirana

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Develop your taste for Socialist Realism at National Gallery of Art. The gallery's two floors showcase international works of art, but the highlight is the local communist-era propaganda. Although used to promote political ideology, each piece has artistic value, making the exhibit both an exploration in art and history. The Social Realism movement dominated art behind the Iron Curtain for many years, representating of the values of that period. The museum is small, so take your time investigating each piece of artwork. Purchase your tickets from the reception when you arrive. Plan a trip to Tirana easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • August 4, 2017
    I don't understand the No Photos policies of most museums. People travel 1000's of miles/kilometers and have no hard proof. The exhabits were interesting and I'm glad I visited.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    A short walk from the city's main Skanderbeg square. That it was not he, had exhibited Albania contemporary art and art of the Socialist era.
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  • July 26, 2017
    We knew this museum would include a lot of Social Realism but I also expected art from before communism and after 1990. As it was it was really almost only propaganda art. Some stunning pictures.  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Love it! Just wish the opening hours weren't so random and constantly changing! Worth going round the back to see the giant communist era statues literally stored outside!
  • August 3, 2016
    The National Gallery preserves and conserves over 5000 artworks. Besides the permanent collection which is focused on Socialist Realism art, famous Albanian artists, international ones and important collections have been part of the different exhibitions in the NGA
  • September 12, 2016
    Had some interestingly stereotypical communist art which shows Albania's history but would have liked have seen some modern curation too
  • April 25, 2017
    Great place to visit
  • November 14, 2016
    National Arts Gallery brings together artists for artistic events

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All areas of Tirana boast accommodation at various price points. Hostels and hotels housed in Communist buildings dot the city center and immediate surroundings. As with the rest of Albania, prices here are generally low, and you can find even better deals as you move away from the city center. The tourism industry is fairly new in Tirana and the country as a whole, but you’ll be welcomed warmly by hospitable staff eager to show off their freshly post-Communist nation.
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