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House of Leaves

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the house where the secret police under the old communist state kept all their files . It has very very long lists of people who 'disappeared', and of those were executed. Chilling place. How to rule through fear.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank agsymon
Reviewed 18 December 2018

Anyone interested in the amazing history of Albania. This museum clearly looks at a brutal time and gives an amazing insight into how a dictatorship works.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank RebeccaForster
Reviewed 14 December 2018

Whilst the structure of the museum is a little questionable, I would still very much recommend. You can still get a flavour of the Hoxha regime. Most parts include English translations.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stumodernart
Reviewed 29 November 2018

A bleak, straightforwardly presented history of the Communist security system of Albania, in the building where they interrogated victims (there are a few diagrams on the walls showing how they did it). Historically interesting, it functions as much as a performance as an exhibition, with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TimWh
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Even more impressive than Bunk'Art 2 the depth and horror of the Hoxha regime is on full display here. So many objects of surveillance -- from bugs to cameras to other tools of the spy trade are on display here. The museum systematically sets out...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

It is interesting but could be better presented. Full of information. Most things are translated in english.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Isabelle F
Reviewed 30 September 2018

The House of Leaves , outlines the methods and equipment used by the regime, less than 30 years ago, which was often extremely violent. It was very sad to listen to peoples stories about the loss of family members and those who survived telling their...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JanMinnie
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Firstly, overall we really enjoyed this museum. There was a number of really interesting insights in to atrocities in the counties really recent history. Since it is so recent, it does feel a little like there a still a lot of gaps in the information,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Ashlie K
Reviewed 5 August 2018

This little museum was a good introduction to a part of history I personally had no knowledge of. The museum is in the building that was originally Albania's first obstetrics clinic; then the regional headquarters of the Gestapo; then a place where Albania's secret police,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank straea
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Very interesting museum, with a well-laid-out plan and collection. The design is first-rate, and the English signage is excellent as well. The museum addresses a dark period of the country's history head-on, without embellishment. It's a very modern museum. Four stars rather than five for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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