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Tirana National Historical Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar) Tours

Tirana National Historical Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar)
Stuffed to the brim with Albanian cultural and archaeological exhibitions, the National Historical Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar) opened in 1981 and has since been updated to include information about Albania’s Communist legacy. Items are arranged in chronological order across eight different pavilions, and most of the displays are in English.

The Basics

With exhibition halls dedicated to the eras of antiquity, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, national liberation, communism, and more, the National Historical Museum offers a comprehensive overview of Albanian history throughout time. Make sure to stop at the exhibition dedicated to Mother Teresa.

Small-group walking tours visit the National Historical Museum, and it is a popular stop on day tours of the city. Tours often also visit the Pyramid of Tirana, Skanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, Ethem Bey Mosque, and the Presidential Palace.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • While most of the exhibitions have English-language display text, a few do not.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking around the museum.
  • This is a must-visit for history buffs.

How to Get There

The National Historical Museum is located in Skanderbeg Square, close to many bus lines and easily reached on foot from most places in the city center. If you don’t want to walk, you can also take a taxi. For convenience, book a tour that includes round-trip transportation to the museum.

When to Get There

The National Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. It opens and closes earlier on Sundays. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds, as the museum and the surrounding area can get busy in the afternoon.

The Albanians Mosaic
A striking mosaic in the socialist realism style is installed above the entrance to the National Historical Museum. In 1980 five local artists created the work, depicting the turbulent history of Albania. It covers the country’s history from the Roman Empire through the Communist era. In 1990, after the fall of Communism, the mural was modified to remove a red star.
Address: Sheshi Skënderbej 1 (Skanderbeg Square 1), Tirana 1000, Albania
Admission: Varies
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24 Tours and Activities to Experience Tirana National Historical Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar)

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Tirana by locals

Tirana by locals

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Providing an excellent overview of Tirana, this is a good tour for first-time visitors. Visit the highlights of the city including Skanderbeg Square, the National History Museum, the Fortress of Justinian, Enver Hoxha Pyramid, the House of Leaves, Polytechnic University of Tirana, and more. Learn about Albania’s Communist past and how Tirana is a juxtaposition of old and new cultures.
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Visit two contrasting cities, Tirana and Kruja, on a full day trip from Durres. First, explore the bustling capital city of Tirana, including Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, and the National Archaeological Museum. Then it’s on to Kruja, a small town with a totally different vibe. Here, you can explore the remains of a former Illyrian settlement, go shopping in the old bazaar, and more.
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With limited time, this 2-hour walking tour will help you get your bearings in Tirana, taking in all the highlights of the Albanian capital. Learn the significance of historic landmarks such as the Skanderbeg’s Monument, the Pyramid, and the National Museum mosaics; learn about Tirana’s communist past as you stroll around the Blloku; and see sights including the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, Ethem Bey Mosque, and the Presidential palace.
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On this small group walking tour our expert local guide will show you how to make your way around the city, what to do and see and all the hot spots, the best cafes and restaurants on long the way, where to shop and anything else you might need to know. Morning spent in the Bazaar, taste of local treats and coffee, and a visit to 3 of the most interesting museums featuring national history & Culture with entry fees all included. Then enjoy lunch with your guide all expenses paid. Lunch also includes a beverage of your choice. Next is Kruja the home of Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, made Kruja a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman in the fifteenth Century. The Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Museum is situated inside the castle walls, which dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. You will see Ethnological Museum and the old Bazaar. Here, you can find Albanian craft All entrances fees included and hotel drop off
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Classical Highlights of Albania 7-Day Tour

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