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National History Museum, Tirana
(4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, Tirana attractions like National History Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Structure dating from the Communist era, characteristic for the great mosaic which can be seen on the façade depicting the history of the Albanian people. On the ground floor you can find relics from the stone age; a follow the heart of the country's history real from Scanderbeg in King Zogu; the Communist period; very interesting the story of antifascist resistance and relatively recent wars in the 1990s. As a whole is so excellent. The only drawback is that if you travel you also like me with babies remember that this museum aren't allowed buggies. Equip yourself to headband or bib
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  • Museum which has a collection from Philately archaeology, historical documents, clothes. Account through his collection, the historical process of Albania.
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  • A must see, if you are interested to learn the history of this great country. Not well organized but with a little imagination you will learn plenty of things for the whole history of Albania. 
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  • Very well done covering prehistory from 40000 BC to overthrow of repressive government. Lots of maps to help understand the periods. Some of explanation is in English. We took a guide which was very helpful with explanations. Some gold jewelry and hoarded coins. Rare funeral cloth like tapestry. Entire room dedicated to victims of Communist era. Nice gift shop with some books in English and made by hand one of a kind jewelry. Very reasonable, take euro dollar and lek but no credit card.
  • I was very disappointed. Only part of the exhibition is described in english. I was very much intrested in the Sowjet history of Albania but there was only a small area only described in Albanian. The higher the floor the higher the temperature! If you go in summer bring at least some water and plan to have a shower after. Despite all that there are some nice pieces to see and the ancient times are described in English quite well... For the WWII part I had the feeling it was not so much objective but more heroing Albanians.
  • A truly beautiful experience to learn about Albanian culture and history. A simply must visit for all tourists passing or staying in Albania.
  • If you can't read albanian you won't understand most parts of the exhibition. The latest parts of albanian history after WWII aren't described.
  • Very interesting representation of Albanian's history. The boy at the museum was even so nice to illustrate us the whole first floor (prehistoric findings).