Bunk'Art 1

Bunk'Art 1, Tirana

Military Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
After the inaguration, in June 1978 by the dictator Enver Hoxha, opened to the public the anti-nuclear bunker built by the communist government. A 5 floor palace underground, with 106 rooms and an assembly hall, now turned into an historical and art center called "BUNK'ART". The passageways, the areas provided for the meetings of the General Staff of the Army in case of war, the rooms where was thought would sleep the communist exdictator Enver Hoxha and the former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu in case of a nuclear attack, the gigantic hall dedicated to the meetings of the political Bureau which contains also an albanian tipical Buffe are transformed into a video museum exhibition and into art. Starting from April 2016, BUNK'ART is now made permanent, turning into a unique attraction site for tourists in the region, showing the albanian life during the 45 years of communism.
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1 417 contributions
Really worth a visit
Aug 2021
We went after the cable car (which is only about 5-10 mins walk away).

Definitely worth a visit- the history is fascinating and the space itself is incredible. I liked the fact that you could just explore on your own- although the exhibits were numbered there were no museum attendants telling you which way to go so you were treated like an adult.

Thought the tunnel you go through just to get to the ticket desk from the road outside was spectacular too.
Written 20 September 2021
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Nicole M. Moreli
Tiete, SP13 contributions
A really nice experience!
Sep 2021 • Family
There are lots of information about the communism age inside it, all written in Albanian and English. So you need to spend a long time there if you want to read everything, but all the rooms are also very illustrated.
You can buy a combo ticket Bunkart 1+Bunkart 2 that costs less than buying it separately.
There are also buses that you can take that leave you next to Bunkart 1, so you just need to walk a little part to get inside of it.
Written 14 September 2021
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Dear Inquisitora, Thank you so much for writing us your review and of course for visiting our museum. We are happy to know that you liked your experience here. Have a nice day! :))))) Bunkart staff
Written 15 September 2021
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Faithalicious_x
London, UK572 contributions
Best done in conjunction with Dajti Cable Car
Sep 2021 • Solo
Bunk’Art is a museum/art/interactive learning experience where you can learn about Albania’s 160k+ bunkers and the extensive history surrounding their exhibition. I found it really interesting with the right mixture of information and interactive parts. For my first day in Tirana, it was a great introduction to the history of the country.

Inside there is free wifi available, as well as toilets and a cafe. The bunker is a nice cool break from the heat outside!

A standard ticket is 500 LEK with various discounts available. You can pay an extra LEK and get an audio guide too but I personally found this unnecessary - the bunker signage was enough for me.

Bunk’Art is outside of the main part of town, but can be done in conjunction with The Dajti cable car which is close nearby. You can get a taxi or get a local bus L11-Porcelan from the stop opposite where the airport bus drops you. Locals will help you if you don’t know where this is. The bus costs 40 LEK and takes about 15 mins, there is then a 15 min walk to Bunk’Art from there. You can walk all the way from main Tirana but it will take 50 mins and isn’t particularly interesting.

I decided not to visit Bunk’Art 2 as well (this one is in the centre of town) due to time
Written 11 September 2021
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Dear Faithalicious_x Thank you so much for visiting Bunk'Art and for writing your review here on Trip Advisor. Much appreciation for your good words, we are happy that you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Have a nice day. Thank you! Bunkart staff
Written 14 September 2021
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Richard G
6 contributions
Very interesting place
Aug 2021
It was a very nice experience, a very original idea, to remember what communism has done to this country. what is missing is a guide that explains everything to you in English
Written 27 August 2021
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Dear richardgV8302FL, Thank you very much for visiting us and for writing your review here on Trip Advisor. We are happy that you liked your experience to Bunkart. The private guide is available at our museum but best is to book it before as she might be with another tour at the moment of your visit. May you have a nice weekend! Thank you Bunkart staff
Written 28 August 2021
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AntBa7
Brussels, Belgium104 contributions
Best attraction in Tirana
Aug 2021 • Friends
Trip in august 21, we took a private guide to visit the bunker > 2500lek (around 25€) + price of the entrance 500 lek/ pers (around 5€). It was really worth it to take a tour guide in this huge bunker, she explained to us all the history step by step, and could answer any questions possible. You can visit the private room of Hoxha (dictator at the time) + the one from the prime minister. There is a blue bus from the city center (20 min max). One of the best attraction in Tirana.
Written 26 August 2021
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Dear AntBa7, Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We are happy that you liked your experience at Bunkart. Much appreciation! Have a nice day! Bunkart staff
Written 27 August 2021
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Robert C
133 contributions
Don't skip this while visiting Tirana
Aug 2021 • Solo
Impressive bunker. Not a fan of the art installations, but the history is very interesting. The bunker is massive, and throughout, exhibits about Albanian history. I felt that enough of the info has English translations. There is a ton of unused space. It would be great to see more exhibits added. It is close to the bus line from the city center. Stop in on your way to the cable car, and you will have a good full day.
Written 5 August 2021
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Dear RCherries, Thank you so much for your visit at Bunk'Art1 and for writing us your review. Much appreciation! May you have a beautiful summer! Thank you Bunk'Art1 staff
Written 9 August 2021
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Dream22175880739
15 contributions
Interesting historical location and some unusual art too
Jul 2021 • Family
Very interesting place to visit. Lots to see and read about the modern history of Albania. Some strange and interesting art too.
The highlight for me was seeing the underground theatre/ meeting room.
Well worth visiting.
Written 15 July 2021
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Dear Dream22175880739, Thank you very much for your visit to Bunk'Art1 and for writing your review here on Trip Advisor. We are very happy to read that you found our museum interesting. Much appreciation for your recommendation. Have a nice summer! Bunk'Art1 staff
Written 16 July 2021
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Sonila G
Durres, Albania4 contributions
MUST VISIT IT
Jul 2021
This is must-see place for everyone who come to Tirana. A historical museum that included many exhibits, artifacts, documents, letters, photographs, etc.
Admission 500 leks, 300 for senior.
Do not forget to visit it !
Written 10 July 2021
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Dear sonilag2016, Thank you so much for visiting Bunk'Art and for writing your review here on Trip Advisor. Much appreciation for your good words and your recommendation. Thank you! Bunk'Art staff
Written 12 July 2021
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David C
Atlanta, GA139 contributions
Learn your history
Jun 2021
Enter the bunker where Albania's dictator planned to hide in the event of attack. From somebody. Even though nobody was really Albania's enemy. Cool Cold War era artifacts like James Bond. And Art - once liberated the Albanians haven't stopped expressing themselves. It's cool do it.
Written 14 June 2021
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Dear davidbL1006AX, Thank you very much for visiting Bunk'Art1, for your review and for the five stars. We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience at our museum. Much appreciation! Have a nice summer season. Bunk'Art staff
Written 15 June 2021
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Follow-the-Lemur
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
Just fascinating
Mar 2021 • Family
It is hard to believe that thirty short years ago Albania was the most isolated country in all of Europe, a self-enclosed hard-line Communist country dominated by a paranoid leadership prepared for imminent invasion. Hard to believe because of the hospitality and warmth of the people, the flair for entrepreneurship exhibited in the vibrant restaurants and shops, and the dynamism of the city of Tirana.

Bunk’Art1 is not just the way to experience the sense of fear that gripped the Communist leadership; it also provides exhibits and an honest accounting of the history of the country, particularly from its annexation by Italy at the advent of World War II to present. The museum itself, located deep in a mountain you pass over as you leave the Dajti Express lower station, is a warren of underground tunnels with rooms coming off them that was designed to house the political and military leadership of the country in the event of an attack. Built in the 1970s but never used for its actual purpose, it features a modest suite of rooms for former Communist leader never Hoxha, meeting rooms for the military leadership of the country, a large plenary room for assemblies, and dozens of other rooms with air purification equipment, sleeping quarters for staff, and a cantina. The museum is well-marked int English as well as Albanian, and is worth an hour or two of exploration. The staff at the entrance is unfailingly informative and helpful. A must stop, even though it is a bit off the beaten path. Great to combine with a ride up to Mount Dajti on the Dajti Express cable car.
Written 6 March 2021
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Dear Luke Z, Thank you very much for making Bunkart part of your visit in Albania and for writing your detailed review here on Trip Advisor. We are so happy to read that you liked your experience at Bunkart1 and that you found it informative and the staff very helpful. We wish you a very beautiful upcoming months. Much appreciation! Stay safe! Bunkart Staff
Written 10 March 2021
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