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Reviewed 4 days ago

From the outside it could have almost been an period hotel but this charming building was once Gestapo headquarters in Tirana and afterwards headquarters for Albania's communist interrogation.Violent forms of torture,surveillance and interrogation were carried out there and over 5500 innocent people were executed during...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The surveillance state of the 1940’s and 1950’s is the foundation for the surveillance state of the 2020’s... The not so subtle warning implicit in the activity that took place here in the House of Leaves, and the price paid by so many innocent and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a great museum and our whole experience was very informative of the past of this country and dictatorship

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The very ordinariness of the place, compared to its function is chilling. It gives a real feel for what the previous regime was like - and that isn't so immediately obvious in the modern city. The rooms are described in English as well as Albanian,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andy1w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This house (and certainly when combined with the bunkers) gives a rather oppressive impression on how the system was during the period after WWII till the collapse of it. Hard to imagine how life must have been when everything was checked, recorded photographed etc and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entry costs 7,000 leks (equivalent to 5 Euros). The majority of informative signs, etc. are bi-lingual - Albanian and English, although some of the detail is only in Albanian. The several videos are also bi-lingual. The museum is located close to the central square of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

I went because it was a highly rated site but I had been warned I might be disappointed. Frankly, it was moving at times but many of the rooms and exhibits were missable. There were frightening statistics and horrifying video testimonies but I am sure...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2019

The House of Leaves was a very interesting look into Albania’s communist secret police. There was enough translated into English to make it interesting and allow us to understand everything. Most of the documents and files aren’t translated, just because they’re so long, so some...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank malberry223
Reviewed October 2, 2019

Entry is free into this most interesting house. Built as a clinic,it was the headquarters of the secret organisation. It has an eerie feel. Well worth a visit, the rooms are numbered and plenty. Of info in English.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

Step back in time and see how the closed regime of Albania spies on not only its enemies but also its own people. Good displays in English and Albanian and audio visual with subtitles. Very easy to navigate and understand what is being shown. Well...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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