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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  • You get to see a lot of Socialist Realism which is always nice, but also the history of Albania. I found it very moving given the terrible history of so much of it.  more »
  • Interesting collection of paintings very dark period Albanian propaganda ... the Museum offers exhibitions of contemporary art.
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  • recommend a visit to this museum public. Here you can get an overview about the artists and the art regimen used as propaganda. a curiosity: the big statues of lenin, stalin and mao abandoned standing in back Museum!
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  • Nice selection of classic art and the temporary exhibit was really cool. However, there is little to no context or descriptions available in English - There is a free app that is advertised to guide you through certain pieces, but the wifi doesn't work in the gallery. Also, the staff wasn't particularly helpful: The bathrooms weren't working(?) in the gallery and no suggestions were offered on where else might be available, they chatted rather loudly as we wandered the exhibits.
  • No photos are allowed. It's a nice gallery however it's not air conditioned.
  • 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!
  • Check the socialism-realism art painting very attractive and unique
  • No photo allowed its not good

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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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