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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I appreciated my visit to this museum immensely. For an ‘emerging nation’, the exhibits are impressive, and provide objects and insight from its ancient times to now. A great place to see—like nowhere I have ever been (especially relating to the communist era...)

Thank 837karinb
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With patience, one can learn a good deal about Albanian history, going back to long before there was ever a country called Albania. This place was truly a crossroads of just about every major civilization, and was involved, though usually peripherally, in a great deal of European history.

Unfortunately, there are limited English captions, and such captions as there are tend to be quite problematic grammatically. Surely in this day and age a country's national museum, if it decides to provide foreign-language captions, could find a qualified, competent translator.

The museum also appears to have a hard time coming fully to terms with Albania's recent history. The resistance in World War Two (in which the communists played a dominant role) gets quite a bit of attention, but the period of communist rule (1946-1992) gets almost no attention at all, except to underscore the brutality and repression that occurred. This ugly past certainly merits attention, but it would be much more helpful to tell us more about the way the country developed during that period (with all the distortions brought on by the communist model that was adopted), and also to mention the tumultuous relations that Albania had with other communist countries (Yugoslavia, the USSR and China).

Many other former communist countries have had a problem coming to terms with their past, but most of them acknowledge the complexities and ambiguities far more than we find here.

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very well organised historical display. Albanian history exposed in its best form. All the information is avaiable for you to read.

Thank Lori C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

More of general history museum with plenty of from various archaeological digs. Lots of information on the emergence of Albania as an independent nation.

Thank VictorGee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite a bit of historical pieces here. Well arranged in chronological order. Lots to take in. Historic communist build building with typical communist murals inside and out.

Thank BobOhio1
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

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.

Thank lakelover908
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

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 and icons in the early history section, and an interesting section about Skanderbeg and how he became the national hero. There are also rooms about Mother Teresa and the communist repression which it would be easy to miss as there was an empty area outside them. While not all explanations are in English, there are useful summaries at the entrance to each room, which is enough are the average visitor.

Thank Y3048NPdavids
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This multi-floored museum had an overwhelming amount of material for those who want to know more about Albanian history. There was a section on mother Teresa, one on the Communist dictatorship, many with artifacts from various periods of history.

Thank Jeanne G
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

A lot of the content is in english but not all. Interesting if you like history. Full of artefacts. Good value. There is a small shop which is not impressive. Some books are in english but nothing much of interst as the books are quite old.

Thank Isabelle F
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Well laid out, exquisite treasures effectively displayed, last room is appropriately entitled Communist Terror Pavilion & has a bit of the feel of Yad Vashem.

Thank rond366
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