National History Museum
Skanderbeg Sq is the best place to start witnessing Tirana's daily goings-on. Until it was pulled down by an angry mob in 1991, a...
Palace of Culture
To the east of Sheshi Skënderbej is the white stone Palace of Culture, which has a theatre, shops and art galleries. Construction of the...
Equestrian Statue of Skanderbeg
An impressive monument to the Albanian nation hero.
Theatre of Opera & Ballet
Check the listings and posters outside the theatre for performances.
Sheshi Skënderbej · interesting places nearby
National History Museum information
The largest museum in Albania holds many of the country's archaeological treasures and a replica of Skanderbeg's massive sword (how he held it, rode his horse and fought at the same time is a mystery). The excellent collection is almost entirely signed in English and takes you chronologically from ancient Illyria to the postcommunist era. One big highlight of the museum is a terrific exhibition of icons by Onufri, a renowned 16th-century Albanian master of colour.
A disturbing and very important gallery devoted to those who suffered persecution under the communist regime is the most recent addition to the collection, though frustratingly almost none of this display is in English. The mosaic mural adorning the museum's facade is entitled Albania and shows Albanians victorious and proud from Illyrian times through to WWII.