Peja Museum

Për periudhën nga  muaji Maj – Tetor muzeu mund të vizitohet edhe gjatë vikendeve me orar: 10:00 – 14:00

Tel: +383 39 431 976 | Email: [email protected] | Adrdess: Sheshi Haxhi Zeka.

About the Museum

Located in Haxhi Zeka Square at a very busy point which connects the center of Peja with the Old Bazaar is the old Konak of Tahir Bey, an old traditional house of Peja built in century XVIII, which has also served as a "guest house" (guesthouse) for passers-by and occasional traders from other countries, who had frequented the city of Peja for commercial purposes. Within the spaces of this house which consists of the ground floor and the first floor, there are 2 exhibitions (ethnological and archaeological) with about 2000 exhibits, which introduce the history of Peja in different periods of time starting from the Illyrian to the present day.

The even greater value of this museum is shown in the dynamics of activities. Almost throughout the year, its staff organizes various activities with different generations of citizens which aim at preserving cultural heritage, its presentation, educating new generations and promoting the heritage of Peja at national and international level. This museum is at the service of all citizens of different ages and nationalities.

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History of the Peja Museum

The Museum of Peja is a cultural institution that deals with the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage and operates within the municipality of Peja. It was established in 1971 named "Museum of Revolution" and has served to present the historical material on the National Liberation War (LNÇ) during the Second World War that took place in the territory of the Municipality of Peja. In 1977 the "Ethnological Museum" was established in order to promote the material and spiritual heritage of the Peja Region. Although it was established earlier, its activity started in 1983 in the premises of the Community of Culture (now the House of Culture), to then be located in the "Guest House of Tahir Beg" in 1989, where it still operates. In 1992, these two museums were merged, operating in the same building, Tahir Beg's guest house as the "Peja Regional Museum-Ethnology Sector", in which activities were also conducted in the field of archeology and history. In order for this museum to develop even more in other sectors, the Municipal Assembly in 2015 approved the new Statute of the Museum where the name was changed from "Regional Museum of Peja-Ethnology Sector" to "Museum of Peja".

The Museum of Peja owns a fund of about 2000 museum objects, namely ethnological exhibits, archaeological artifacts and historical documents, which have been collected during many years of field work but also thanks to donations from citizens and the Museum of Kosovo. A considerable number of these museum objects are presented in two permanent exhibitions, the ethnological and the archaeological exhibition and they present the rich and diverse cultural material and spiritual heritage of the Dukagjini Plain, a heritage that has developed during different periods of time and under the influence of different cultures, which cultures are intertwined, which is clearly seen in all areas and aspects of life such as: clothing, architecture, development of social, cultural, economic life, etc.

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Ethnographic Exhibition

The permanent ethnological exhibition, 'Ethnological Cultural Heritage of the Dukagjini Plain ', was opened in 1989. It presents the material and spiritual heritage of the Dukagjini Plain, through various collections such as: traditional clothing of the area (clothing of the Dukagjini Plain and Dukagin Plain and Rugova), textiles, bedding, jewelry, weapons, utensils, crates and other household furniture, work tools, musical instruments, etc. All these exhibits are handicrafts of local craftsmen made, mainly by men, with different materials and simple tools, as well as works of women who, with a rare craftsmanship and a very creative and artistic sense, have created. Hand-woven works of art such as: carpets, various rugs, pieces of traditional clothing, then crochet, needle, etc. These works belong to century XVIII, XIX and XX.

Clothing of Dukagjini Plain

Clothing of Dukagjini Plain dress consists of a long white shirt, woven at the waist and decorated with embroidery on the chest and collar, black or brown vest or sweater, front coil, rear coil, knitted sleeves crocheted, on the head is the tie and handkerchief , black socks and rubber shoes. Depending on the age, the dress of Dukagjinthe Plain, otherwise known as the 'village dress' or 'Podgur' clothing, is divided into girls, brides and old women, which is less or not at all decorated with embroidery.

Clothing of Rugova Brides

Clothing of Rugova Brides are characterized by a variety of colors and motives, made of fabric and decorated with embroidery with thread, silk and colorful beads. Consists of: long shirt up to the knees with short sleeves; then the dress, which has the shape of a very wide bottom (consisting of 120 kinda pieces), which also resembles the dress; cleats or panties; 4 colorful handkerchiefs tied at the front which symbolize fertility, prosperity, happiness and prosperity in life; rear spool; the black vest, called the ‘arm’; belts; red head scarf; crocheted sleeves (from the wrist to the elbow), black socks and robber shoes, while the chest is adorned with silver ornaments. The clothing of Rugova young brides is also characterized by the decoration of the bride with herds and talismans, made of crochet or colorful beads but also silver, which are placed to protect the 'new' (bride) from the 'evil eye’ or as it is popularly known the 'be-witched'. Elderly women's clothing is less embroidered and decorated, it is dominated by white and black and, instead of colorful scarves and the front scarf is put on, while the white headscarf is worn on the head. Even the dress of the young girls is distinguished by the twist, which is a woolen end, worked with twists and decorated with a cord embroidered with wire.  

Clothing of Rugova Men

Clothing of Rugova men are made of wool and consist of: woolen trousers, white shirt made of fabric, embroidered with long sleeves, friends with colorful stripes, where the koburja (short rifle), woolen socks and rubber shoes are placed. On the head there is a pleat and a white silk scarf with a length of 3m and a width of 60cm, which is wrapped twice around the head and twice around the neck, which also se