The Durrës Archaeological Museum
) in Durrës
, established in 1951, is the largest archaeological museum
in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine
walls, constructed after the Visigoth
invasion of 481.
The bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium
and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient Greek
Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi
, an elliptical colourful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës
, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus
, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.
In 2010, the Durrës Archaeological Museum is expected to undergo a total reconstruction.Despite the importance of archaeological objects, the museum is not an independent institution and is operated by the Regional Directorate of Durrës Monuments. The museum is supported by the Albanian Institute of Archaeology and the Academy of Sciences and intend it to become a national museum according to archaeologists such as Adi Anastasi
and Luan Përzhita
, given the historical significance of its artifacts and their illustration rich cultural heritage.
A fund has been opened by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports to provide the museum with a new research unit, its own scientific staff and laboratory and administrative body. Problems have been identified in the reconstruction process given that the museum is located near the sea faces erosion from the iodine content of salt and moisture and weathering.
from 9 am to 3 pm every day of the week, except Monday.