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Monday, October 22, 2012

Albania Museums

Albania Museums

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Visiting Hours:
9.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00
Holiday: Monday
Address: Bul "Deshmoret e Kombit", sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana
National Historic Museum was inagurated on 28 October 1981. It is the biggest albanian museum institution.There are 4750 objects inside the museum. Striking is the Antiquity Pavilion starting from the paleolithic period to the late antiquity, in the 4-th century A.D with almost 400 first class objects.The middle age pavilion with almost 300 objects, documents clearly the historical transformation process of the ancient illyrians into early arbers.
This pavilion reflects the albanian history until the 15-th century. Other pavilions are those of national Renaissance, Indipendence and Albanian State foundation, until 1924.The genocide pavilion with 136 pavilion with 136 objects founded in 1996. The iconography pavilion with 65 first class icon was established in 1999. the best works of 18-th and 19-th century painters are found here like; Onufer Qiprioti, Joan Cetiri, Konstandin Jermonaku, Joan Athanasi, Kostandin Shpataraku, Mihail Anagnosti and some unknown authors.
In 2004 the albanian antifashism pavilion 220 objects was restablished. In 2005 albanian etnography pavilion was added in one museum halls in 2005 objects. Among the impressive values of the above mentioned pavilions is the evidence of prehistoric culture in Albania, archaic period and pre-urban illyrian period, illyrian period and many objects relating to the interwining of greek and roman cultures.
The bronze and silver palque in a mythological scene, found at Selc monumental graves of the 3-th century B.C, some classical period sculptures coming from Durres and Apollonia, many wonderful terracotta and bronze works, the marble head of Apollon of the 1-st century A.D, a Praxiteles relic, found in Butrint and known with the connventional name Dea of Butrint. In the ancient period special is the extraordinary value of wonderful pebble mosaic of the 4-th century B.C made with opus dermitaculis technique called Durres Beauty but also Antigonea mosaic of the 4-th century B.C that represents the early Christian period cult.
The museum has some objects from the early and late middle age, such as heraldic emblems of the albanian princes, cathedrals columns, relief, icons by the greatest albanian iconographs, such as Onufri 16-th century, David Selenica and Konstantin Shpataraku 18-th century. Gllavenica epitaph, in hemp cloth, embroidered with gold of 1373, made by albanian prince Gjergj Araniti, occupies a particular place.
The ottoman invasion period is treated as a process converginig with albanian league of Prizren in 1878, beginning of National Renaissance, crowing with declaration of indipendence of albanian free state in 1912. National Historic Museum preserves many original objects that belong to important personalities of albanian history.

Tel: + 355 532 22 25
Visiting Hours: 9:00-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Holiday: Monday
Address: Fortress of Kruja
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8.00-13.00; 16.00 : 19.00
National Museum "George Kastriot Skenderbeu" was inagurated on 1 November 1982.It is built in the famous fortress of Kruja, capital of Arber state and personification of turkish armies defeat for three successive times in the 14-15 th century.
Many objects, original documents and bibliographies, authentic reproductions that depict clearly albanian people history in the 15 th century.
The museum counts such pavilions as antiquity and early middle age pavilion, albanian princefom pavilion, pavilion of ottoman  invasion and resistance to this invasion, medieval fortress pavilion, albanian resistance, Scanderbeg's office equipment and library, prince's hall and pinacotheque and the last one is the heritage and echo pavilion.
Objects of ceramic, bronze, iron, copper, several facsimiles, original icons, writing, a bell of 1942, orgininal sword of the 15 th century, etc, are displayed in these pavilions.

Tel: + 355 532 22 25
Visiting hours: 9.00 : 13:00; 17:00 : 18:00
Address: Fortress of Kruja
From May to September, visiting  hours are: 8.00-13.00; 16:00 - 19:00

"Nationa Etongraphic Museum" Kruje was inagurated on 20 november 1989. It is placed in an characteristic urban building of 1764. this building is a first class culture monument. Its 15-16 rooms  and the objects exhibited out-side give a complete view of the crafts applied in Krujë and all over Albania and of the way of living since 300 years. 90% of this museum items are original and 100% are funcional. Items of ceramics, wood, stone, iron, cotton, silk and wool and various emborideries are exhibited here with finesse. These objects have an age varying from 60-70 to 500 years.

Tel. 08243022
Visiting hours: 9:00-13:00 dhe 15:00-18:00(***).   
Holiday: Monday.
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8:00-13:00; 16:00 : 19:00
National Museum of Medieval Art in Korca was inagurated on 224 april 1980. it is one of the most important museum centers in Albania. Its fund includes over 7 thousand art and cult items, mainly icons an less stone, wooden, metal and textile works of anonymous and well known artists from different areas of the country.
A collection of best icons and objects created in centuries representing variuos moments in Albania iconography development and its main representatives are displayed in the prinicipal hall. Here are works of anonymous artists of the 13-14 th century and other well known ones like Onufri, Onufer Qiprioti, Teacher Kostandini, Jeromak Shpataraku, Selenica, Zografi Brothers, etc

Tel: + 355 824 30 22
Visiting hours: 9.00-13; 15-18.00
Holiday: Monday
Address: L.12, Boulevard: Shen Gjergji, Korçe.
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8.00-13.00; 16:00 - 19:00
The Frist School in Albanian language (called Mësonjëtorja) was opened on 7 march 1887 in the current building of National Education Museum, a 150 year old building. It was opened by permission of Ottoman Empire.  The building  was the house of the patriot from Korca, Diamanti Terpo, who donated it for first albanian school.
This museum shows the history of albanian writing, the numerous alphabets up to the present one, decided in Manastiri Congress in 1908. It also displayed  albanian book history starting from the first primer of albanian language complied by Naum Panajot Bredhi. The museum building has eight exhibiting rooms.

Tel.  0(32)32248
Visiting hours:  8:00-16:00.  
Holiday: Monday.
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8.00-13.00; 16:00- 19:00
National Museum Onufri is located in the center of the inhabited quarter in Berat medieval castle. This museum contains a rich iconografic collection and some religious service items. It is organised in Virgin Mary cathedral, built in 1797 on the foundation of an older church with the same name.
It bears the name odf the most remarkable albanian painter, Onufri, who left a very rich fund of iconographic creation.
This museum complex of the main nave, the altar area, and a serious of auxiliary one-storey rooms in the north and two storey ones in the west. The construction is distinguished for its high altitude, representing an important version of the cult architecture in the period from the 13 th to the 19 th century.
 The museum has three main halls, where the best works of the above mentioned and others authors are displayed.
Apart from the icons exhibited in the museum, the icon placed in the golden church iconostasis, made by the painter Joan Cetiri, comprise a particular series.
Some textile and metal objects are displayed in glass cases, which give evidence of a very high level handicraft tradition of Berat region.
 Tel.  0(32)32224
Visiting hours: 9:00-13:00 dhe 15:00-18:00(***).   
Holiday: Monday.
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8:00-13:00; 16:00 - 19:00
Address: L."13 Shtatori", Berat
This museum was inaugurated in 1979. it includes Berat region and southern Albania folk ethnographic culture. The museum is placed in a three-century two storey building, typical for Berat area.
The ground floor has a hall with an imitated medieval street with traditional shops on both sides. The antiquity pavilion and objects used to process olives are placed in this hall.
In the second floor, there is an open balcony to receive guests. The archive, the loom, the village sitting room, the kitchen and the city sitting room come in a row in this floor. Many original massive and functional objects of our folk culture area on the outside space of the museum.

Visiting hours: 9.00-13:00; 15:00 - 18:00
Holiday: Monday
Address: L."Skenderbej"
The memorial was inaugurated on 23 november 1981. the most important element is the building of Saint Nicholas Cathedral itself, which is at the same time the seat of Lezha Assembly on 2 march 1444 and the grave of our national hero George Kastriot Scanderbeg on 17 january 1468.
Important elements preserved today in this church are: Saint Nicolas original fresco, the church apse, the three windows and the original church door, the arch over the door and an original church decoration.
This museum has also the outer sector, the archaeological environment with objects from Lezha ancient and medieval period, found around the museum.
Tel. 0(33)29419
Visiting hours: 9:00-13:00 and  17:00-20:00
Holiday: Monday:
Independence Museum was inaugurated on 28 november 1962. It is placed in the building where the first Albanian government worked in 1913.  It has preserved the construction values of un urban two storey Vlora building an it was declared a cultural monument.
This museum has eight rooms equipped with original 19th century furniture. Tens of authentic objects and relics, documents, editions, works of art, etc, are exhibited in this museum.
Among the most important parts of this museum are the office of the first Albanian Prime Minister, Ismail Qemali and the Provisional Government Conference Room.
It is worth mentioning that the government of the first Albanian state worked for six months in the Independence museum building. Proclamation of independence and other objects of cultural and historic value are displayed in this museum.

Tel.  : 0 (4)226033
Visiting hours :  9.00-19.00***
Holiday: Monday
From May to September, visiting hours are: 8.00-13.00; 16:00 - 19:00
National Arts Gallery was founded in 1954 and was transfered to the Boulevard "Deshmoret e Kombit" in 1974. National Arts Gallery is the most important institution of visual arts in our country.
National collection of visual arts is preserved here starting from the second half of 19th century till present.
This collection consists of works from National Renaissance and Indipendence period (1883-1944), a collection of icons belonging to the 13th-19 century, the biggest paintings and sculptures collection of socialist realism period (1944-1990), foreign artists pavilion and a collection of contemporary national and international art.
Temporary exhibitions are organised in the ground floor, mainly for the contemporary art. Some of the most important annual exhibitions organised are "Marubi" International Artistic Photography Contest and "Onufri" International Visual Arts Contest. Tirana Biennale, one of the biggest manifestations of contemporary art in an international level is organised every other year.
The promoting of artists, associations and various artistic groups from the country and abroad takes place in the National Arts Gallery.
Works from national fund are displayed in the first and second floor, separated according to historical periods or on the basis of artistic concepts, which intend to revaluate in time the values that this institution has, so as to present  to the public qualitatively.
National arts Gallery preserves around 4000 works.

Tel. :0 (522)43467
Visting hours   8.00-16.00
Holiday: Sunday, Monday.
National Photo Gallery "Marubi" was created in 1970 after Gege Marubi donated to the state his personal archive of the three generations with about 150 thousant negatives. There are negatives of different formats from 30 x 40 to 6x 9 in glass slabs, from 1858 to 1959. this is the one of the richest photo galleries in Balkans. One can find here various themes and a variety of figures, such as pashas, viziers, turkish officers and consults of different nationalities; italians, french, austrians, english, russians, greeks, serbs, figures from the first and the Second World War and albanian important figures like: Luigj Gurakuqi, Fishta, Mjeda, Asdreni, Koliqi, Fishta, Poradeci, Migjeni, Azem e Shote Galica, and many other important figures of our national history.
The archive has also many negatives with themes from ethnography, city planning culture monuments, history, market, navigation in Buna, etc. Gege Marubi, the last of Marubi dynasty, was a master of infrared portrait and landscape. Having learned it in France, where he carried out the studies, he was the first to use this process of photo development. This initiative was supported also by other Shkodra Photographers like Shen Paci, who worked in Lezha city from 1924 to 1962. He donated to the state about 70.000 negatives of 18 x 24 and 4 x6 format in glass slabs and celluliod films. Shani, as called by the people was the "Highlands photographer". The material that he donated has various themes as: his famous lanscape, city planning, ethnography, market, sports, many other important themes. Dede Jakova was the youth photographer. This is how Shkodra people called him.
He was also a photo reporter of the time and carried his activity from 1930 to 1959. We discover a series of themes in his fund like history, ethnography, city planning, theater and many other important ones.
Pjeter Rraboshta, who donated about  3 thousand negatives, is also called the photographer of  children and various celebrations related to Shkoder from 1959 to 1975. his material is in "Laika" films, 24 x 36 mm.
We could call Angjelin Nenshati with full convintion a follower of Shkoder photographer's tradition. He donated about 250 photos. His material is in "Laika" films, 24 x 36mm and it starts in 1959 until 1984. his fund includes various topics like school, sports, medicine celebrations, etc.

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