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“A thoughtful and accessible introduction to Kosovar culture”

Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik)
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This museum is really two houses in a sheltered courtyard of four 18th and 19th century buildings. (The house by the entrance to the courtyard is not part of the museum and is a house from the former Jewish quarter which has been transplanted in order to preserve it). One house has been set up to display the lifestyle of a prosperous family and the second the lifestyle of a less well-to-do village family. This is an easy way to see the differences, with the more prosperous family having different seating arrangements - including chairs and stools in the ground floor kitchen which I was encouraged to sit on: they were surprisingly comfortable, so I was glad I did. Even in the 18th century each bedroom had an associated washing room, way ahead of the west.
In the village-style house the seating arrangements were on the floor, and the displays illustrated life from birth to death. I was told and shown how young women would build up collections of clothing etc in their marriage chests to see them through to death, and about customs including the laying out of clothes for a dead person, and folk practices frowned upon by both Islam and the churches of putting items such as an apple by the body of the deceased.
Although I was visiting on my own I was offered a guided tour in English by the museum curator (Valon Shkodra). Above all, it helped me set into context the strong tradition of hospitality in Kosovar culture, as the whole approach was very welcoming, despite my lack of knowledge.
I would strongly recommend a visit - open 10-5 Monday to Saturday, and I was surprised that there was no entrance fee. The tour takes about an hour, and should provide you with plenty to think about for days ahead. The museum has a facebook profile (museuetnologjik).
As is the case with many places in Pristina it would not be accessible for people with disabilities because these are heritage buildings with wooden stairs.

3  Thank Tiggy20
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is definitely the best place to visit in Pristina although that is not saying a lot! The staff were really friendly and helpful. The rooms are reconstructed to look as they would have done in the past. It is built around the four main themes that represent the cycle of life. All is described on information boards on the walls. It is open from 10-5 Monday to Saturday and is free to get in. It is well signposted so fairly easy to find, near the old bazaar. Worth a visit.

4  Thank Dorsetbruce
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The compound is beautiful and the buildings are very well kept. The only place to offer you a taste of ancient kosovo. Costumes from different areas, artifacts and antique furnitures. The guide spoke english and the tour was very instructive. A must see!

3  Thank cerradoastrale
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

This museum is a treasure - with a good collection of regional costumes, household furnishings, and musical instruments. The staff was very eager and proud of their museum.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

A wonderfully-preserved area of Prishtina houses a museum which can tell you much about the history of Kosovo. We were made to feel very welcome - we were shown around and the artefacts were explained to us.

2  Thank Moopind
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