Photo credits: EU4Culture Program
The Archaeological Museum of Durres was opened on March 13, 1951 in the city of Durres (not in the place where it is currently located, but in another building), as an important object of cultural heritage preservation. This was an initiative of Vangjel Toçi, known as the father of archeology in Durrës.
The museum, which today is located in “Taulantia Promenade”, near “Vollga” area, is considered one of the most important museums in Albania for its unique values. Numerous objects of cultural heritage testify and narrate different historical periods, starting with the the prehistoric period of ancient city of Dyrrah 3000 years ago, then the Hellenistic period, as well as the Roman period. Also, some special objects best testify the Illyrian period. The cultural heritage carried by the archaeological museum shows the cultural and economic development of the city of Durrës, as one of the most ancient cities in the Mediterranean.
*This monument is part of the sites restored by the EU4Culture program, financed by the European Union and implemented by UNOPS in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.