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The Marubi National Photo Museum

The Marubi National Photomuseum is one of the most valuable national, cultural, historical and touristic institutions in Albania.  Located in Shkoder, it was established in 1970. The museum houses photography dating back to 1858, including some of the first photographs captured in Albania. The total number of glass negatives and films preserved in the photo library is about 500,000. The Government of Albania, Albanian Development Fund, European Commission and the AADF have created a development program for the Museum which will include physical renovations, expansion of visitor services and technical capacity building. The project aims to create a state-of-the-art museum with the highest international standards in preservation, security, exhibition of materials and accessibility. The museum is expected to open for visitors early 2016.

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  • 06.04.2016

    Visit in Shkodra, MARUBI

    Visit in Shkodra, MARUBI

    During his visit in Shkodra Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board at AADF, visited the National Museum of Photography Marubi, recently inaugurated. The Marubi project was made possible due to the strong support of several partners, and their commitment to this project is commemorated at the plaque by the entrance of the museum, unveiled in this event by Mr. Granoff, Ms. Vlahutin, and Ms. Ademi. The guests then participated in a panel discussion organized by LEAD Albania Alumni in collaboration with the Ministry of culture on the topics of : “Culture Heritage: a tool for development,” “Revitalization of Historical Centers and the Impact in the Sustainable Social and Economic Development,” and “Public – Private Partnership in Cultural Heritage.” Earlier in his visit, Mr. Granoff meets Mrs. Voltana Ademi, Mayor of Shkodra. They talked about the impact of their joint projects in the city and further collaboration between the two institutions.

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  • 05.09.2016

    Marubi, the National Museum of Photography Opens its Doors to the Public

    Marubi, the National Museum of Photography Opens its Doors to the Public

    The Marubi National Museum of Photography opened its doors to the public after the completion of reconstruction. An important cultural asset, the museum preserves and promotes unique values of Albanian cultural and historical heritage.

    AADF joined the Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Shkodra and the Albanian Development Fund in financing this project with a contribution of $650,000. The new building was renovated and now includes new services for visitors and a capacity-building component which will help the museum to be sustainable as an independent institution with a strategic relevance in a regional context.

    The AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata were among the many guests attending the inauguration ceremony hosted by the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro. Prime Minister Edi Rama and Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi along with representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Albania were also present.

    Mr. Mata thanked all the partners for their collaboration and highlighted the importance of the second phase of this project which will focus on the development of an education program within the museum. “The private public partnership is an important path to be taken because it will help the museum to grow as a sustainable vital center, which produces knowledge and shares values.”

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  • 04.14.2015

    Revitalization of the Marubi Photography Museum

    Revitalization of the Marubi Photography Museum

    The AADF is teaming up with the Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Shkodra and the Albanian Development Fund, to revitalize the Marubi Photography Museum. The museum is a photographic archive of more than 500,000 photos and negatives dating back to the 19th century which capture life and historic events in Albania and the region.  Most film is undeveloped and this project aims to bring this wealth of cultural heritage to light. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in Shkodra and attended by Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro, Mayor of Shkodra, Lorenc Luka, the Albanian Development Fund and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff. The Marubi archive will be transfered into a new building in the center of Shkoder which will cost over 1 million Euros to modernise. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2015.