Open daily, the Aleksandër Moisiu’s House-Museum, a structure of beautiful architecture and ethnographic exhibits as well as childhood home of famed actor Aleksandër Moisiu, is one of the must-see attractions in the historical center of Durrës.
Location and Architecture
The museum is located near the Durrës Amphitheater. The road leading to it is especially beautiful as it seems to lean on the old byzantine walls of the historic city. The structure is of the typical Albanian architecture of the last century, distinctive in its harmonious design made of stone and wood.
Two floors, stairs topped by gorgeous arches, a wide wooden passageway decorated with wooden workings which seem to pour over the columns, this museum is a joy to walk through! The house is comprised of several spacious and well-lit rooms, illuminated by sunlight for a large part of the day. The cobblestoned front yard is surrounded by grass while the museum’s windows have retained their 100-year-old character. The entire interior is organized in a dynamic manner, where the visitor moves seamlessly through the rooms.
Two of the exhibit halls in the museum are devoted to the famous actor of international acclaim, Aleksandër Moisiu. He was well-known for his artistic temperament and memorable performances in many of Europe’s important stages. The actor, born to an Italian mother and Albanian father, spent several of his childhood years in this home. However, Moisiu and his family relocated to Trieste, Italy shortly after the actor completed his elementary studies in Durrës. Nevertheless, Moisiu’s historical link to this house seems to give the museum an added value and point of interest in the eyes of locals and visitors.
One of the exhibits dedicated to Alexander Moisiu, photo by IntoAlbania.
Photo by IntoAlbania.
This building houses also the Ethnographic Museum of Durrës. The ethnography and tradition of this region is remarkably rendered in the various exhibits of this pleasant space. Among other objects of interest here, you will come across traditional household utensils, locally called vegje, and cotton or silk fabrics which are embroidered in gorgeous golden thread, an old practice in many regions of Albania. These types of handiwork are quite impressive, as they have stood the test of time to reveal a timeless style and elegant composition. A large part of the exhibits here also includes the daily household items made of copper, another age-old national tradition.
The Ethnographic Museum, photo by IntoAlbania.
The Ethnographic Museum of Durrës, photo by IntoAlbania.