Gjirokastër Ethnographic Museum
Historic Building and Museum in Gjirokastër
Gjirokastër Ethnographic Museum is based in the site of communist dictator Enver Hoxha’s birth home, in Gjirokastër’s Palorto Quarter, in Albania.
The original building was destroyed by fire in 1966 and then rebuilt as a as a model traditional Gjirokastra house. Many features of the house were copied from particular houses around the city.
In 1991 after the fall of communism, the exhibits from the previous Ethnographic Museum were moved here, that building, Zekate House, were given back to the former owners.
The museum has four floors, all of which are open to the public, and gives an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the inhabitants of the town. The rooms decorated with household items, traditional costumes and cultural artifacts typical of a wealthy Gjirokastra family.
Despite being the original home of the dictator, inside there is nothing related to Enver Hoxha.
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Visiting Gjirokastër Ethnographic Museum
April to September 08:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 daily October to March 08:00 to 16:00 Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)