Bunk'Art 1
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
After the inaguration, in June 1978 by the dictator Enver Hoxha, opened to the public the anti-nuclear bunker built by the communist government. A 5 floor palace underground, with 106 rooms and an assembly hall, now turned into an historical and art center called "BUNK'ART". The passageways, the areas provided for the meetings of the General Staff of the Army in case of war, the rooms where was thought would sleep the communist exdictator Enver Hoxha and the former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu in case of a nuclear attack, the gigantic hall dedicated to the meetings of the political Bureau which contains also an albanian tipical Buffe are transformed into a video museum exhibition and into art. Starting from April 2016, BUNK'ART is now made permanent, turning into a unique attraction site for tourists in the region, showing the albanian life during the 45 years of communism.
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  • Alessio M
    Verona, Italy457 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    From the downtown this bunker is 4 km far. Is possible use the local public transport to arrive. The bunker is build under a mountain. The payment of the ticket is possible only by cash. a combo ticket with bunk'art 2 is available. Is a small town build underground . Is present a teather and a gym. Many times ago are available a bar inside the bunker but now is closed .
    Dear 737alessiom, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking the time to visit Bunk'Art1! Much appreciation. Best regards!
    Written June 25, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Suzanna C
    Stockholm, Sweden87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Very interesting displays of information on recent history of Albania in a massive nuclear bunker in the mountainside. Some exhibits but mostly pictures and text. Also combination art museum with contemporary art installations. Worth the money. Easy to combine with Dajti Express cable car as located just up from the bus stop for the cable car.
    Dear Suzanna C, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking the time to visit Bunk'Art1! Much appreciation. Best regards!
    Written July 18, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Paul E
    Cambridge, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating insight into 'communist' Albania.
    A really quite amazing and indeed most thought provoking experience. The bunker is enormous, a real labyrinth with each room containing a fascinating explanation or rather description of life under the Hoxha regime. Well worth combining with BunkArt2 in the City centre - you can buy a combined ticket for both as well as the House of Leaves. All three are definitely worth a visit if rather emotionally draining.
    Dear 517paule, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking the time to visit Bunk'Art1! Much appreciation. Best regards!
    Written July 18, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • juanenrico
    Sandvika, Norway51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool experience 20 min outside Tirana
    Cool experience! Bunkart 1 is quite large and impressive. We got the «doomsday-feeling» when walking around and you can also combine with cable car. We went to both Bunkarts but #1 was coolest Taxi from tirana took ca 20 min
    Dear juanenrico, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking time to visit Bunk'Art1! Much appreciation. Best regards!
    Written July 23, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Ian W
    Glasgow, United Kingdom44 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    A very interesting exhibit reflecting the history of Albania from the 1930s and the paranoia of the Hoxha regime after he took power. Overall, it's one of the top spots to visit in Tirana. However, there is almost too much information for non-Albanians to absorb and the information signs in the corridors are too small to be easily read, such that the spaces become a little cramped.
    Dear g12guy, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking time to visit Bunk'Art1! Much appreciation. Best regards!
    Written August 1, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Jac C
    33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and easy to get to
    Really easy to get to on the blue bus as it stops right outside. Tip- when you are ready to go back to tirana you get the bys from the same side of the road. It is really cool I did which is nice in the summer heat. Very interesting and lots to see and read
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • italianforbeginners
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see and easy to get to.
    Superb big museum and easy to get to by bus. This museum takes half a day - there's a lot to see. The communist regime of Emver Is explained really well. Most displays have English translations (although I don't understand why they didn't get a native English speaker to check them before display). Although on the outskirts of the city, it's easy to get to - get the blue bus from Skanderbeg Square and the (extremely kind) bus conductor will tell you which stop to get off at (you get back on at the same stop - it's a circular route).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Andrew
    York, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous and eye-opening museum
    We visited Bunk'Art 1 having already explored the newer (and much smaller) Bunk'Art 2. The original museum is a bit further out (40 minute ride on the Line 11 bus from the City Centre) but much much larger, and a much more impressive bunker structure. We also found it a lot less crowded than the smaller Bunk'Art2, so we were able to spend more time exploring the exhibition. Aside from the structure itself - which is more than worth the trip and entry fee to explore - the displays ae quite detailed andd interesting, teaching yo a lot about how the communist government came about following WW2, and what life was like in those days. There is also a chamber containing the original blueprints of the facility, which is also fascinating! We bought a joint ticket for both museums, and very much appreciated the different formats and structures of the displays. As a day out, I preferred Bunk'Art1; If you'reshort of time, BunkArt2 might be a better bet because of it's smaller size and city centre location - but the bigger complex is well worth the visit if you can spare the time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Really cool bunker museum to see and explore, great way to catch a glimpse of what the Albanians went through during the communist era. Great for all ages highly recommend doing both the Bunk Art places. This one was probably my favourite to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,955 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique insight into the development of post-war Albania
    The place is a 30 minute bus ride out of town. Catch the blue Linze bus #11 from the city centre close to where the Tirana airport shuttle also departs. Fare is 40 lek. The bus terminates on a road parallel to the Bunk Art location but stay on the bus for 5 minutes, then when it sets off again, it stops just outside the building on its return journey. Same location obviously for the return bus. From the signposted entrance there is a walk of around 300m before reaching the ticket office which is cash only. This huge bunker complex with its vast network of underground tunnels was intended to protect the government in the event of nuclear conflict and was built in the 1970's when paranoia with the rest of the world was at its most extreme but never tested. It is now devoted to exhibition space and it covers the period from World War II and the development of Albania into a Communist state led by its leader Enver Hoxa. For anyone unfamiliar with the history, there is probably too much information to digest but it is well explained with plenty of information. The building is spookily austere but the apartments build for the country’s leaders are very authentic and there is even a theatre in the depths of the complex. Overall this is a unique opportunity to see a slice of strange history and it is most worthwhile.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The place is a 30 minute bus ride out of town. Catch the blue Linze bus #11 from the city centre close to where the Tirana airport shuttle also departs. Fare is 40 lek. The bus terminates on a road parallel to the Bunk Art location but stay on the bus for 5 minutes, then when it sets off again, it stops just outside the building on its return journey. Same location obviously for the return bus.
From the signposted entrance there is a walk of around 300m before reaching the ticket office which is cash only.
This huge bunker complex with its vast network of underground tunnels was intended to protect the government in the event of nuclear conflict and was built in the 1970's when paranoia with the rest of the world was at its most extreme but never tested. It is now devoted to exhibition space and it covers the period from World War II and the development of Albania into a Communist state led by its leader Enver Hoxa. For anyone unfamiliar with the history, there is probably too much information to digest but it is well explained with plenty of information.
The building is spookily austere but the apartments build for the country’s leaders are very authentic and there is even a theatre in the depths of the complex. Overall this is a unique opportunity to see a slice of strange history and it is most worthwhile.
Written September 30, 2023
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vivasur
Goa, India100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If there is only one thing that one can do in Tirana, then it should be the one. It gives us a glimpse of life in Albania from 1900 until recently.

Ticket price: 400 lek without guide
How to reach; From center take the blue colour bus towards Porcelani and tell the conductor you want to go to Bunk Art1 and they will do the rest. You will find the bus at the same spot where the bus from airport drops you at the city center. Bus Ticket Price: 30 Lek

Time to see everything: it will take minimum 1 hour. I had to rush because I just had 1 hour, but we should spend 2 hours in my opinion

Written July 9, 2022
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Dear vivasur, Thank you so much for choosing to visit Bunkart1 and for writing us your review, we are happy to read that you liked your visit here. Much appreciation! Have a nice day!
Written July 9, 2022
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Naija M
Algiers, Algeria667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Bunk Art 1 is slightly more difficult to get to than Bunk Art 2, as it’s located on the outskirts of the city, very close to the cable car station. However, it’s easy to catch bus number 11 (to Porcelana) from the bus station behind the opera house in the city centre.
Bunk Art 1 is all about the history of the country dating back to the Italian occupation in the 1930s. It covers the Second World War period and the communist era that came after the war. There is a mixture of old photographs, various exhibits and art installations.
It’s much bigger than Bunk Art 2.
I paid an entrance fee if 500 Lek, which seems reasonable, for a further 200 L you can have an audio guide.
Please note, if you have mobility issues it’s probably not a good idea to visit.
A visit is highly recommended if you wish to learn more about the grim history of Albania in the 20th Century.
Written February 23, 2023
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Dear MNaija, Thank you so much for your good review and for taking the time to visit Bunkart1. Much appreciation. Best regards! Elda
Written February 25, 2023
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Andrew
York, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited Bunk'Art 1 having already explored the newer (and much smaller) Bunk'Art 2. The original museum is a bit further out (40 minute ride on the Line 11 bus from the City Centre) but much much larger, and a much more impressive bunker structure. We also found it a lot less crowded than the smaller Bunk'Art2, so we were able to spend more time exploring the exhibition.
Aside from the structure itself - which is more than worth the trip and entry fee to explore - the displays ae quite detailed andd interesting, teaching yo a lot about how the communist government came about following WW2, and what life was like in those days. There is also a chamber containing the original blueprints of the facility, which is also fascinating!
We bought a joint ticket for both museums, and very much appreciated the different formats and structures of the displays. As a day out, I preferred Bunk'Art1; If you'reshort of time, BunkArt2 might be a better bet because of it's smaller size and city centre location - but the bigger complex is well worth the visit if you can spare the time.
Written September 12, 2023
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Corinne W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Our family of 4 had a great time here. Easily spent about an hour walking room to room, some more interesting than others. The place is huge and interesting to see what life underground would consist of. We combined with a visit to the cable cars first as they are only 10min (max) walking between the two Took us about 15 min by taxi (700lek) from three center of town. Just note when you ate done there are no taxis waiting. So plan to take the frequent bus, text Green Taxis in advance for a ride or walk down the hill (5-10min) into town where there are taxis and restaurants etc. Definitely recommended. X
Written February 19, 2020
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Dear Corinne W, Knowing that you and your family enjoyed your visit to Bunkart makes us very happy. Thank you so much for visiting us and for writing us your review. Wishing all the best for you and your family on these difficult times. Have a nice weekend! Thank you!
Written June 5, 2020
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PhotographVagabond
Tacoma, WA256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I expected something different from the description we were given but thought it was time well spent. You go at your own pace, self-guided so there is a lot to see and read. If you've never been in an extensive bunker, be sure not to pass this up. Some in our group felt uncomfortable but didn't really say why. The historic sense is worth experiencing.
Written April 12, 2020
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Dear PhotographVagabond, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our museum, we are happy that you liked it. Much appreciation for your good words. Wishing you a very beautiful weekend! :))) Thank you!
Written June 5, 2020
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We went after the cable car (which is only about 5-10 mins walk away).

Definitely worth a visit- the history is fascinating and the space itself is incredible. I liked the fact that you could just explore on your own- although the exhibits were numbered there were no museum attendants telling you which way to go so you were treated like an adult.

Thought the tunnel you go through just to get to the ticket desk from the road outside was spectacular too.
Written September 20, 2021
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Dear AlexSwallow, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Bunk'Art and for writing us your review here on Trip Advisor. We are so happy that you liked your visit at our museum. May you have a nice day! Bunk'Art1 staff
Written September 22, 2021
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Really good museum but it is really large and there is a lot to read. You need to plan a lot of time or you will need to skip some parts. I'd say 2 hours or 2 hours and a half at least. It explains whole recent history of Albania. It is therefore better to visit Bunkart 1 before Bunkart 2, the smaller museum in the center of the city. To reach Bunkart 1 was very easy by bus. The station of Dajti cable car is very near the museum so you can visit both on the same day. Super cool!
Written October 13, 2022
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Dear beatrizm115, Thank you very much for your review and for taking the time to visit Bunkart. Much appreciation. We wish you have a nice day!
Written October 14, 2022
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TheLoucheBonViveur
Lewes, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This fascinating and huge nuclear bunker complex is well worth a visit. It's quite a long walk from the city centre, so I took a bus to the outskirts. You can catch one from the small park near Skanderbeg Square. Try and have some small change or low denomination note, as a conductor will sell you a ticket during the journey.

I combined this with a trip on the Dajti Express cable car ride, visiting Bunk-Art 1 on my way back down the hill.

There don't appear to be many conventional bus stops in Tirana, but if you wait outside the tunnel entrance after finishing your visit, you should be able to hail down a bus for the journey back. They are quite frequent.
Written October 10, 2022
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Dear TheLoucheBonViveur Thank you very much for your review and for taking the time to visit Bunkart. Much appreciation. We wish you have a nice day!
Written October 11, 2022
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Sonila G
Durres, Albania4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is must-see place for everyone who come to Tirana. A historical museum that included many exhibits, artifacts, documents, letters, photographs, etc.
Admission 500 leks, 300 for senior.
Do not forget to visit it !
Written July 10, 2021
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Dear sonilag2016, Thank you so much for visiting Bunk'Art and for writing your review here on Trip Advisor. Much appreciation for your good words and your recommendation. Thank you! Bunk'Art staff
Written July 12, 2021
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