Museum of Secret Surveillance

Museum of Secret Surveillance

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luke47
Chincoteague Island, VA1,538 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is a very interesting way to spend a couple of hours learning about this horrible period in this country’s history.

The exhibits are done. I was thankful that the commentary was also in English.

It is worth your time and money.
Written September 25, 2021
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Cabarita7
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
May 2019
We really found this museum very interesting, but horrifying to realise how Albanian secret surveillance was carried out, and into quite recent times. It's worth a look if you can get past the suffering that many people endured at the hands of the secret police.
Written September 19, 2019
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Steve13890
Chantilly, VA15 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a chilling monument to what those in power can do when they misuse their power and "watch" an entire society for the purpose of controlling individual and societal behavior. The technology is old but not forgotten. The end result must never be forgotten. Many young people today don't see the "harm" in giving up access to their personal data. HERE IS THE HARM! Worth time to visit and consider.
Written November 13, 2019
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Fred K
Potomac, MD161 contributions
Jul 2019
There is not much to see at this outdoor museum, maybe because it deals with "secrets". It could have been something, given the horror of that period of Albanian history.
Written August 22, 2019
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,357 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is the second site to visit in central Tirana after BunkArt 2, which is located 100 metres away, if you are interested in the oppression conducted by the secret police during the communist dictatorship. However, whereas in BunkArt 2 photography is allowed, here it is not. That said, it is definitely worth a visit. Entrance is via the small door on the right of the fence and is 700 lek for adults. Only seniors over 70 get a discount. Entry is free on public holidays. The other listing on this site, House of Leaves, for the same attraction has far more reviews which may give you the information you're looking for.
Written June 27, 2019
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Wendy H
Reading, UK1,714 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Also on this site as House of leaves. It depicts in great detail the communist surveillance in the mid/late 20th century. Quite a lot of technical exhibits and good English content if you dont speak the local language.Worth a visit. Last Sunday of the month is free.
Written March 1, 2019
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ms57-ny
New York City, NY254 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Extensive collection detailing the secret police surveillance of the population, camera, recording devices, copies of files, taped interviews give a sense of the oppressive atmosphere of Communist rule. No photos inside and sometimes English translations are limited.
Written July 23, 2018
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kattullus
Stockholm, Sweden1,132 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Well organized museum where you follow the directions from room to room. Had an interesting chat with one of the staff who spoke good English. Also rather unusually for Albania the exhibits are well explained in English. Lots of interesting artefacts. Propaganda films from the Communist era are shown, and tv-interviews with victims made after the fall of the regime.
Written June 23, 2018
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Jay
San Diego, CA17 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
This museum that tries to convey what it was like for Albanians living under the police state of the Hoxha regime from 1945-1991. It was forbidden to say anything critical of the government - even a comment about the lack of bread on the shelves at the bakery could be enough for someone to arrested. The climate of fear was experienced by everyone and has a big influence today since anyone in Albania today who is over the age of 35 can remember living through it.

It is fascinating to visit, but it makes you think about what it would be like to live in a totalitarian state so it is a somber place.

The Museum of Secret Surveillance is the newest museum in Albania and presents one of the darkest periods of the country’s history. It is located in the building that served as the Central Directorate of the Albanian Secret Police.

Each room of the building highlights a different aspect of how the secret police spied on citizens by phone tapping, bugging homes, opening mail - but also also informers, spies, interrogations and torture. All the surveillance equipment that was used is on display, along with extremely well-done and clear signs (in English as well as Albanian) to explain what you are looking at. There are sections showing clips from propaganda films of the time, as well as videos of people who were interrogated and imprisoned for speaking their thoughts.

Note: Even though torture is mentioned, the displays don't include anything that would be upsetting for children to see.
Written February 15, 2018
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Nov 2019
At the begging I didn’t want to go.
But finally I didn’t regret my visit . I saw the true Albania during the communistic period of Hoja and how people with democratic ideas were tortured.
Yes yo7 must go !!!
Written December 9, 2019
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