Activities at the Museum
The Museum of the Bank of Albania provides numismatic, historic and financial knowledge to its visitors, through various activities, like temporary exhibitions, educational activities and publications, and audio-visual materials. Also, the Museum of the Bank of Albania has organised lessons and presentations for groups of pupils, students or other groups of people interested in the Albanian finance and economy, history and numismatics.
On 20 November 2017, the Museum of the Bank of Albania carried out the second lecture of the cycle "Museum Nights", held by Prof. Dr. Nevila Nika, UET, on the topic "The Archive: The Bank of memory". In her lecture, Ms Nika presented the importance and the role played by the archives in the development of societies overall, highlighting the mission and the function of the central state archive of Albania, as the highest authority of the national archives. The lecturer presented also the role of the archives as instruments to preserve and expose special value objects, taking as an example the Museum of the Bank of Albania.
On 30 October 2017, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the opening of the Museum of the Bank of Albania (2015), which coincides also with the 79th anniversary of the inauguration of the then National Bank of Albania (1938), the Bank of Albania launched the cycle of lectures known as "Museum Nights".
The first lecture was delivered by Mr Artan Lame, one of the most renowned collectors who has extensive knowledge and understanding of Albanian and Ottoman numismatics and medals, and is also a civil society activist for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Albania. Mr Lame, in his lecture, addressed the Ottoman currency, from its introduction in the XIVth cent. until the Tanzimat Reforms in the XIXth cent., and the characteristics and types of the currencies that were in circulation in the Albanian territories. It also focused on the circulation of European currencies in the Albanian territories before and during the use of the Ottoman currency.
The exhibition presented the full collection of local banknotes issued by the Autonomous Region of Korça during 1917 and 1918, accompanied by photographic and graphic illustrations, which reflect the historical, economic and numismatic context of that period.
The Museum of the Bank of Albania is organised in two independent floors. The main hall known as the Treasury Room or the "Rondo", on the ground floor showcases the rich numismatic collection of the Bank of Albania from antiquity to modern days. The second floor of the Museum presents the history of the central bank of Albania, its role in maintaining price stability and safeguarding the financial stability as well as its constitutional functions. With a particular focus on public education, this Museum has dedicated sections for classes, lectures and other educational activities regarding money and the economy.
The Museum of the Bank of Albania also represents a new tourist attraction in the centre of Tirana, as well as a permanent information centre where the public may learn about aspects of money and the economy, and better understand the role and functions of the central bank.