National History Museum, Tirana

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Albania's largest museum, National History Museum has seven pavilions of exhibits. You'll spot the attraction by the large mosaic above the front entrance called "The Albanians." Each pavilion showcases a different period in Albania's history from antiquity to communism. In the antiquity pavilion you'll see objects from prehistory to the Middle Ages, including tools from daily life, coins, and base reliefs. As you move forward in time, the exhibits get more political, celebrating Albanian independence and decrying abuses from outside nations. Beyond the socio-political history, there is also an iconography exhibit with notable works by local artists and a large exhibit sharing Albania's story from World War II. Call ahead to book a guided tour to fit your schedule; for a self-guided tour buy tickets at the reception desk. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National History Museum and many more Tirana attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Tirana visit planner.
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  • This 3 floored museum houses the history of Albania. It takes quite a while to visit all areas. A guide is a bonus. Some great and interesting artefacts.  more »
  • Entry to the museum costs ALL 200 and there is a lot to see so allow over an hour. It was rather hot and stuffy inside so not the best place to go on a very hot day. There are rich Illyrian exhibits a...  more »
  • Hai Iam Balu.i about the history of Albania oşsada ordinary museum information. Contains no başkandetay, I'm afraid. The front picture is very beautiful. Tümntarihi narrates
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  • Nice museum with an extensive amount of impressive historical artifacts ranging from Greek to Roman, Albanian and Communism. If you are a history buff you will enjoy it but the English translations might leave you longing for more info. The exhibits are nicely displayed but they are not interactive in any manner. My kids were certainly bored but it is a nice museum. It cost 200 LEK each for admission.
  • What a gem! This is a wonderful museum with very interesting and beautiful work. No abstract paintings, just realistic paintings of the history of Albania. Some propaganda and some depictions of normal Albanian life. I did not know any of the artists, but they can surely measure with international painters from the same period 1880-1970. It was very quiet in the museum. The entrance does not look to be open and the doors have mirrors, not very welcoming. But behind the doors is an unexpected wealth of nice art pieces.
  • The museum exhibit started with very good and detailed enough explanations of the early history of Albanian civilization in English. However starting from the late middle ages, the English explanations were almost non-existence. Those who only read English will most probably browse through late-middle ages, renaissance and independence pavilion very quickly. Was looking forward to see more of Albania's traditional and cultural exhibit, but unfortunately very minimal was shown. Having said that, it is still an interesting visit, and alot to see. And for 200Lek, it is very value for money. Toilet is only available at the entrance (also the same as the exit area). Very cold in some areas.
  • On 28 October 1981 the National History Museum was inaugurated. For the establishment of this museum, a team with the best specialists of the country, of the fields of history, linguistics, archeology, ethnography, cartography, architecture and art was gathered. For this museum was worked organized, according to the respective sections, for almost 3 years, until its opening. The group was headed by distinguished personalities like, Alex Buda, Stefanaq Pollo, Selami Pulaha, Skënder Anamali, Emin Riza, Burhan Çiraku, Kleanthi Dedi, Iljaz Goga, Rrok Zojzi, Abaz Dojaka, Ramadan Sokoli, Enver Faja, Nina Shehu, Vilson Kilica, Fatmir Haxhiu, Myrteza Fushekati, Met Deliu, Aleksander Meksi and others. National historical museums are among the most important conductors of the official interpretation of a country's history, along with the national education system. They play an important role in protecting identity for the nation as well as for escorting this self-image to visitors and the outside world. But museums differ from what the story writes, because for a museum the language of expression are museum objects exhibited, coupled with the data for them. The National History Museum is the largest museum institution in Albania and one of the most important. The National History Museum building has a total area of ​​27,000 m2 and has an exposure area of ​​18,000 m2 and an overall volume of 81,000 m3. There are about 5000 objects in the museum's premises, which belong to a relatively long period of time beginning in the IV century BC and until the second half of the 20th century. The museum is conceived so that the presentation is done through eight pavilions. Pavian of the Antiquity Pavian of the Middle Ages Pavijon of the National Renaissance Pavision of Independence Pavijoni i ikone Pavijon of the Anti-Fascist National Liberation War Pavijon of Communist Terror Pavijon of Mother Teresa
  • It's good resource for someone who pretend and needs to better know the main history of Albanian people. Assistance isn't at required standards, and for a foreigner it should find a proper guide, otherwise, it would be a wasted time
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