Self-Guided Museums and Galleries Tour of Tirana, Tirana (Self Guided)

Discover the museums and galleries of Tirana. The history and culture of Albania is richly revealed through the National History Museum, various archaeological finds from across Albania and a preserved nineteenth-century house. Spend a few hours discovering the history, culture and art of Albania by taking this tour.
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Self-Guided Museums and Galleries Tour of Tirana Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Museums and Galleries Tour of Tirana
Guide Location: Albania » Tirana (See other walking tours in Tirana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: rose
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Tirana Mosaic

1) Tirana Mosaic

The Tirana Mosaic is a famous Albanian landmark that is thought to have been part of a Roman house built in the third century. Later in the fifth and sixth centuries, a church was built at this site. The ruins of this Paleo-Christian Basilica were discovered in 1972.

Today, the Byzantine church displays some of the ancient mosaics discovered at the site that feature diverse geometrical patterns and depict poultry and fish.It has been re-opened for public on 23 January 2010.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mezuraj Museum

2) Mezuraj Museum

The Mezuraj Museum is located in the Sun Business Center and was named after the Mezuraj family. It displays a vast collection of various items that belonged to the Mezuraj family. Albanian paintings and sculptures are featured in two rooms. The museum also exhibits different archaeological finds such as jewelry and spearheads.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm.
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National History Museum

3) National History Museum (must see)

The National History Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombetar) in Tirana is Albania's largest museum. It was founded on October 28, 1981. Construction of the museum required the demolition of the former Tirana Municipal Building. The gigantic mosaic that appears at the main entrance to the museum is entitled 'The Albanians'. The National History Museum has rooms dedicated to the following: Antiquity, Medieval, Rilindja Kombetare, Iconography, Culture of Albania, Albanian Resistance in World War II, and Communist Genocide.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum House of the Toptani Family

4) Museum House of the Toptani Family

The House of the Toptani Family is a well-preserved house in Tirana that dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century. It belonged to a rich family and contains three main buildings. It has rich decorative elements and its architecture resembles that of a palace.
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National Art Gallery

5) National Art Gallery (must see)

The National Art Gallery offers a great collection of artwork, dating from the thirteenth century to today. It is one of the few places where you can still find socialist-themed paintings. Women are typically the focus of these compositions.

Opening hours:
Daily: 10 am-6 pm.
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Archaeological Museum

6) Archaeological Museum (must see)

National Archaeological Museum is a museum affiliated to Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Albania. The museum houses exhibits from prehistoric and historic times up to Middle Ages. It is also responsible for conducting many archaeological expeditions in the country and is the parent institution of several other museums in the country including the Durrës Archaeological Museum. It has a library of some 7200 volumes.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Tirana, Albania

Create Your Own Walk in Tirana

Create Your Own Walk in Tirana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tirana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana

Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of Tirana

Tirana is home to a number of beautiful places of worship representing the three main religions practiced in the city-- Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Islam. Many religious institutions suffered during the communist period, when many believers were persecuted and places of worship were requisitioned for other purposes. Most were reopened and restored after 1990. Take this tour to discover the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Tirana has an eventful history. The city has been a part of the Ottoman Empire, suffered through World War II, endured rule by a communist regime, and worked through the disorder of the 1990s after the collapse of communism. The landmarks of Tirana reflect these turbulent times. On this tour you will visit an elegant Ottoman bridge, historic buildings dating back to the nineteenth century, the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tirana for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tirana has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tirana, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.