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Opening hours

09.00 -17.00 (Monday Closed)

The Ethnographic Museum of Kruja

Museum History

The Ethnographic Museum of Kruja

The Ethnographic Museum of Kruja (Muzeum Etnografik i Krujës) offers a tangible experience into the traditions and customs of the Albanian household throughout centuries. This attraction is classified as a cultural monument of the first category, widely valued for its raw Balkan-like character and unique rustic sensation. The house-museum has a total of 15 rooms, each with its distinct purpose, composition and socio-ethnographic meaning. Many visitors, domestic and foreign, visit this museum as part of their tour in the historic city of Kruja.
The building that serves as an ethnographic museum stands within a surface once covered by the old castle of Kruja. This building was erected in 1764 by Ismail Pashë Toptani, in a manner influenced by the Ottoman style. The fusion of Ottoman elements with those of local character gives this museum a unique stance. The museum was officially opened on November 20th, 1989. Its three-storey structure with a tower in the middle clearly reflects the wealth of the renowned and affluent Toptani family.

Museum Highlights

A beautiful courtyard welcomes the visitors as they begin their tour into the three hundred year old building. The basement and the ground floor contain rooms and spaces once used as the house’s own work yard and facilities for working artisans. This part of the museum best reflects the long history of olive cultivation and olive oil production in this region, at least since the 15th century, as well as the sophisticated level of local craftsmanship. Among the displayed objects, we can distinguish old cart wheels, large amphora used mainly to store olive oils, various agricultural equipment, wooden barrels for the fermenting of grapes, a full facility used to press olive and extract their oil, a water mill for grinding wheat or corn, a water mechanism used to press sheep’s wool to make felt, and many other items of this nature.
The upper store served as the living quarters for the owner and his family. This section with 5-6 rooms offers to visitors a sneak peek into how families of such stature organized their living during the late Ottoman rule over the country. The social dynamics of that period are clearly visible in the composition of the floor and that of each room such as the guest or men’s room, the couples’ room, the family room, the women and childrens’ room, and the baths. The upper store is distinguished by its magnificent ceilings embroidered in wooden coverings and rosettas of different sizes, shapes, and stylings. Mural paintings with pastoral sceneries, fire chimneys, windows with traditional motifs and tapestry works are present in respective rooms. Among the countless artefacts on display, visitors can notice many old kitchen utensils, wood containers, bridal and groom costumes along with additional garments and accessories, dowry chests, hand-made rosettes, a copper brazzer, and wooden dining tables.

Opening Hours

09.00 -17.00 (Monday closed)

Ticket categories and prices at the ticket office

Ticket for local and foreign tourists

400 lekë

Group ticket +12

300 lekë

• Reduced ticket -50%

200 lekë

Ticket for children 12-18 years old and students

120 lekë

Child ticket 0-12 years old

Free