National Archaeological Museum, Tirana

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The National Archaeological Museum (Albanian: Muzeu Arkeologjik Kombëtar) is the national archaeological museum in Tirana, Albania opened in 1 November 1948. It was the first museum founded after the second World War in the country. It is located on the east of the Mother Teresa Square near the University of Tirana.

This Museum was opened in 1948 and today presents the research of archaeological discoveries in the territory of Albania. It is affiliated to the institute of archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Albania. The Museum houses exhibits from Prehistoric and Classical times up to the Middle Ages and Modern period. More than 2000 items are displayed and these items range from ancient jewellery, to Roman statues, to vast clay pots covered in shellfish that have been found during the many archaeological field trips the museum is involved in. It is also responsible for conducting many archaeological expeditions in the country and is the parent institution of several other museums in the country including the Durrës Archaeological Museum.

The Museum include also a library of some 7200 volumes.
The 2000 objects exhibited by the museum belong to the following ages: the Stone Age from 100.000 to 2000 BC, the Bronze Age and Iron Age from 2000 to 800 BC, the Beginnings of the Illyrian Civilisation from ca. 1000 BC, the Illyrian Antiquity from 1000 BC to 100 AD, the Roman and Byzantine Civilisation in Albania from 100 to 600 AD and the Albania in the Middle Ages and the Ottoman rule in Albania from 600 until the Independence in 1912.

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  • I visited in early December 2019. Works were being done, it looked unnecessarily complicated to buy a ticket at the entrance, the bar code didn't really work, and the whole museum looked very run...  more »
  • I visited here on a quiet Monday afternoon, so the place was deserted. There are some very interesting artefacts inside, dating back to centuries BC. However, the layout of said artefacts isn't the....  more »
  • Spent 20 minutes and I'm a massive fan of this kind of museum. There's no signposts in any language, so you're going off your preexisting knowledge, and it's essentially just one hall. That said, some of the statues are exceptionally detailed, and I appreciate that they're on public display, even if the presentation needs further development. It's worth it if you need to pass some time and like the antiquities. Costs 300 leks, less if you're a student.
  • Incredibly small museum. Cost is 300L per person. Sadly there is absolutely NO explanation of any of the items in the museum in any language. No dates, names, places, or any identifying detail telling any kind of a story of what you're seeing. Essentially it's three small rooms of old clay and stone pottery pinned to the walls under glass. That's it. No reason to visit this place. Too bad, because there are probably very interesting stories associated with the artifacts.

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