Archaeological Museum in Durres

The Archaeological Museum is a core element of the ‘’linked heritage” approach to cultural visibility in ancient Durres. Furthermore, the museum is a resource of international archaeological significance.
Considering the existing conditions, the building suffered damage at multiple locations due to the earthquake. In a couple of locations, the load- bearing structure was affected; The facade; windows and interior surfaces also suffered minor damage; General lack of maintenance is also evident throughout, especially on the upper floors and rear / external areas;
Proposed revitalization offers the opportunity for the site to be at the forefront of museology and conservation, whilst also implementing a sustainable business model.

Interventions proposed and intended to be implemented for rehabilitation of the Museum, regarding EU4Culture project include different categories such as:


Conservation scope
– Structural stabilization of prefabricated concrete structure
– Repair of internal surfaces
– Design for temporary exhibitions and utilization of outdoor upper terraces
– Disaster risk management
– Maintenance program and plans


– Improving electrical installations for lighting
– Improving surveillance and safety system
– Improving heating and ventilation system
– Upgrade of visitors’ utilities and museum storage and conservation facilities
– Audio and digital system for interpretation purposes
– Urban landscaping around the museum to provide adequate space outdoor events
– Health and safety, emergency evacuation, fire alarms and protection


Revitalization scope

– Content creation for digital interpretation
– Tactile interpretation and overall establishment of universal access
– Identifying, engaging and supporting local producers and artisans for events relating to demonstration of traditional techniques of production and similar
– Branding and visual identity



– Designing structure for managing visitors’ and functions for local engagement
– Additional functions, cafe; bookshop; souvenir shop
– Designing aspects of events and activities for all age and interest groups


Local socio economic component (grant schemes and practical training)

– Engaging university of Tirana’s master program on cultural heritage management in continuous practical training scheme regarding museum displays; exhibition content creation, collection management and management in overall