Perhaps the most important place to visit in Tirana is the National Museum of History in Tirana. The mosaic on the building, a wall mosaic titled Albanians, depicting ancient and modern figures of Albanian history, makes it easy to recognize which building it is.
Information about the National Historical Museum of Tirana:
The National Historical Museum of Tirana was opened in 1981. There are thousands of artifacts in the museum, which has 8 different sections in total. In this respect, it is the biggest museum not only in Tirana but also in Albania.
When you enter the museum, an image of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ welcomes us in the area after the main entrance. Then the exhibition halls continue with the Middle Ages and the Early Middle Ages. There are galleries where you can see the development from the Paleolithic Age to the Early Middle Ages and examine ancient objects, embossed silver and bronze coins. There are also objects belonging to the Illyrians, who also inhabited this part of the Balkans. From the 6th to the 15th century, the galleries show the economic, social, political and cultural development of Albanians.
The other galleries of the museum are located in the halls of Renaissance, Independence, Sculpture, World War II, Communist Era and St. Terasa. The Renaissance gallery contains cultural objects such as documents, books, photographs, weapons, banknotes, etc., most of which are specific to Albanian national history and culture.
The communist gallery contains events that Albanians still cannot forget. Albania’s former communist leader Enver Hoxha had many people executed in camps, tortured, exiled and imprisoned for political reasons. The National Museum of History in Tirana exhibits photographs, documents and objects related to the period of Enver Hoxha, who persecuted the Albanian people for half a century after World War II.
The St. Teresa gallery is dedicated to the life and family of Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. You can recognize it immediately by its red and dim ambience.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of the National Museum of History in Tirana?
The entrance fee to the museum is 200 LEK per person. It is closed on Mondays, on Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00, and on other days from 10:00 to 17:00.
Where is the National Museum of History in Tirana and how to get there?
Alexander Bey Square, the center of Tirana, is a huge place and there are various buildings, museums and places to visit around this square. The National Museum of History is one of them, a building with a large mosaic painting on it.