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Museums

Historical Museum of the city

It is located in the home of the Shkodra patriot Oso Kuka. He was a legendary captain of the Albanian border that in 1862, after a long siege by the Montenegrins to the Fort of Vranjina, surrounded by enemies and hunted in a tower with no possibility of escape, instead of surrendering, blowed up along with his men, killing many Montenegrin soldiers. The most interesting aspect of the collection is perhaps represented by the fact that the museum is placed in a magnificent example of traditional Albanian architecture. It is in fact a two-storey building (with over two hundred years of life behind it) that can be reached on the “Oso Kuka” street. On the ground floor is the archeology pavilion and the exhibition of paintings, while on the first pine is the ethnography one. The Museum exhibits several artifacts from different periods and boasts a collection of 2700 documents, artifacts and mementoes of great historical value.

Address: Str. Oso Kuka. Open 09:00 – 15:30; Close Sunday; Admission 150 lek

National Museum of Photography Marubi

The museum, inaugurated in 2016, is located in the Kole Idromeno street and holds a real cultural treasure, important not only for Albania, but also relevant at European level. The co- -llection, of high artistic and historical value, presents the photographs (more than 500 000 glass negatives and film rolls) taken in over a hundred years of activity by the Marubi family and other Scutari photographers.

A gallery of faces, personages, costumes, landscapes, scenes of daily life and historical moments immortalized and delivered to history, which only waits to be visited and admired. Inside the Marubi Museum there is a multimedia area available to those who would like to know the cultural and historical identity of Albania.

Phone: 022 400 500, Hours 9-17, Monday Closed Admission 700 leke (5 Euro)

Site of Witness and Memory

Conceived as a museum space since September 2014, today is a memorial dedicated to victims of communist dictatorship period, where the most impressive part are the original Detention Cells of the former Interior Affairs Branch. The exhibition also illustrates with original documents of that time the communist persecution in the city of Shkodra; the first anti-communist uprisings in Albania, military trials, clergy persecution, internments, escapes, and punishment sentences. Our mission is to remember the past, but not only, to look at aspects of imprisonment for political reasons and mechanisms of the time, to create a historical memory culture accompanied by facts and evidence, focusing mainly on the younger generation to become aware of to the mistakes of the past, and to be a precursor in the building of a free and secure democratic society.

Hours: 9 am – 3 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, Sunday closed, admission 150 lekë, 1 Euro

Diocese Museum Shkodër-Pult

The Diocesan Museum was born out of the necessity to collect, preserve and render accessible the historical heritage related to the faith and the culture of the Albanian people, with a special emphasis on the territory of the Archdiocese Shkoder-Pult. The museal itinerary is a continuous confrontation with the collection fund: works of art, holy objects, objects of personal use and worship, document fragments and various testimonies. It has been organized as a narrative procession through several thematic sessions – accompanied by a timeline – which branches out into two main components: PLACES AND SIGNS IN TIME (the ground floor) and VOICES, FACES, TESTIMONIES IN TIME (the first floor). The location of the Diocesan Museum – in the southern side of the Cathedral under the highly imposant belfry – is significant in itself. The Cathedral, besides being an integral part of the narrative course of the Museum, is also part of the common history of all the samples of the collection. Furthermore, the Museum and the spaces of the Cathedral which have been recently object of renovation work, constitute a perfect fusion between two realities that complement each-other. Another fascinating element of the Museum, is the close connection with the other cultural places which are to be found in the territory of the diocese. During the itinerary, attention is drawn several times to the such places in order to make the Museum a part of a broader network in the territory.

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Admission: 100 lek.