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The National Historical Museum is located in Tirana at Skanderbeg Square. It is the largest museum in Albania. It presents cross-sectional exhibitions showing the history of Albania from ancient times to the present day. You can see here items from archaeological excavations, including the famous mosaic depicting Beauty from Durres, as well as documents, utility items, weapons and souvenirs related to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The museum was opened in 1981. A new building was built for him in line with the trends of the then socialist architecture. It is a simple, quite heavy block with a powerful mosaic on the facade. It presents 13 of the most important figures from the history of Albania and is maintained in the socialist realist style.
The exhibitions are arranged chronologically. On the ground floor you can learn about the history of Albania in antiquity. They are the most extensive and include mainly items from excavations. On the first floor, monuments related to Albania were exhibited in the Middle Ages and modern times. A large part of them is devoted to Turkish rule. At the highest level you can learn about the history of World War II and the Albanian resistance movement. There is also an exhibition opened in 1996 depicting the period of the communist dictatorship of Enver Hodży and an exhibition dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.