Durrës Archaeological Museum

Durrës, Albania

The Durrës Archaeological Museum, established in 1951, is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481.

The museum consists of 3204 artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.



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Founded: 1951
Category: Museums in Albania

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Alexander Bentlund (6 months ago)
Interesting, but... Only the first floor was open to public. 25 euro seemed a lot for a 20 minute visit. Very hot inside.
Mitra Vesovic (6 months ago)
We saw just the first floor, because rest of the museum was under the reconstruction. Overall, ok place to visit. There wasn't a guidance tour.
Ermest Sollaku (7 months ago)
One of the best museums that we have . A lot of sculptures,coins and different other old historical things . Definitely a place that you have to visit on your trip to our city.
ERINDA TARTARAJ (7 months ago)
Very interesting and well equipped museum! The staff was very helpful. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the upper floors.
Sharon N (2 years ago)
This was worth the 400LEK admission. Has an app to help you walk through and learn. One floor so plan for about an hour.
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