In the midst of the best museums and galleries in Europe, we are excited to recognize that our Marubi National Museum of Photography is in the 3d place. This is due to the readers’ votes of the Guardian, the British information giant. Here is a testimony of one of them:
The Marubi National Museum of Photography (adult Lek 700/£5) in the northern city of Shkodër is a marvel. Italian-born photographer Pietro Marubi opened the first photography studio in Albania here in the mid-19th century when the country was under Ottoman rule. Over three generations he, his apprentice Kel and Kel’s son Gegë documented a fascinating period of Albanian history, from the beginnings of the Albanian independence movement, through the Balkan and second world wars, to communism under Enver Hoxha. The collection of pictures on display beautifully shows all walks of life – revolutionaries, farmers, politicians, musicians, religion, the amazing variety of Albanian traditional dress, and more.
This museum is located in Shkoder, the biggest city in North Albania and it is always on our cultural tours. Shkodra lies on the banks of Shkodra lake and is on the border with Montenegro. This beautiful city offers a wide variety of culture and nature, captured so early by the photos of the Marubi dynasty. Here are some of our tours including Shkoder: