Inauguration of Apollonia Archaeological Museum in Albania

©UNESCO/L. Bohatka - Inauguration ceremony

The museum  has been reopened to the public, after twenty years of closure and several months of restoration works. The inauguration ceremony took place on the 6 December in the premises of the newly renovated Apollonia Archaeological museum, Fier in the presence of the outstanding personalities from the fields of archaeology, museology and culture at large.

Aldo Bumci, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Neritan Ceka, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Culture highlighted the archaeological, museological, scientific and touristic importance of this event for the Apollonia archaeological park, as one of the main touristic destinations in the country.  UNESCO Venice Office Director Engelbert Ruoss took the opportunity to highlight all of the various related activities that were done in the context of the Joint Programme for the benefit of the Archaeological Park system: a Master-level programme on Cultural Resource Management at Tirana University, the mapguides produced at Apollonia and Antigonea archaeological parks, and the training of the archaeological park managers.

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