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National Ethnographic Museum of Berat

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National Ethnographic Museum of Berat

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A Historical Glimpse into the City’s Lifestyle

The excellent ethnographic museum of the famed town of Berat reveals wonderful details about the lifestyle and daily traditions of its residents.

The National Ethnographic Museum of Berat, situated within a striking, typical 18th century two-story Berat residence, is a pleasant immersion into the lifestyle traditions of this fascinating town. The museum’s pavilions are nicely organized within the two stories of the former residence. The nice journey along the pavilions reveals an accurate panorama of the traditions and daily conditions of the lives of Berat’s prominent families.

The architecture of the National Ethnographic Museum in Berat. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Architecture

Opened in 1979, the beauty and unique architectural style of the house in which the museum resides demonstrates the economic and social status of the city’s largest families of more than 200 years ago. The ground floor of the building replicates a traditional medieval bazaar lined with embroidery, woodcarving and metalworks shops, all of which were a primary source of life and commerce at the time. The house’s front yard displays an old water well, typical for all the residences in Berat.

The replica of the traditional medieval bazaar. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Locals’ Lifestyle

The museum houses approximately 1200 cultural heritage objects, beautifully placed on window ledges, shelves, or near the white fireplace, all wonderfully decorated by ethnographers. The spaces and objects make the visitor feel at home, like the house guests once upon a time, and simultaneously transported to another time.

The Country Room, photo by IntoAlbania.

The Museum’s second floor, dedicated to displaying the locals’ lifestyle, is divided into different rooms. The main ones are the guest room, where guests were welcomed and entertained, the kitchen, in which the day’s meals were prepared, and the work room, where the hand loom was used to thread clothes and tapestry. The balcony, covered in woolen throws, a local handicraft product, also contains small household objects that were used on special occasions. A particularly interesting part of the interior is the mezzanine where the women of the house could check in on the status of the guests’ foods and beverages.

One of the biggest spaces on the second floor of the museum called Çardaku. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Make Sure to Visit

An indisputable stop for international and local tourists who want to learn more about this region of Albania, the National Ethnographic Museum of Berat is an important part of the network of museums located and dedicated to life in the Adriatic basin.

By: IntoAlbania

  • Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-16:00 (15 October- 30 April), ) 09:00-18:00 (1 May to 14 October) Sunday 09:00-14:00
  • Address: Kala street (Rruga e Kalasë) Get Directions
  • Ticket Price: 200 ALL, 50% reduction for war veterans, people with disabilities, survivors of communist camps, 70% reduction for students. For children under 8 years old the entrance is free.
  • Visit duration: 1 hour

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