You can't miss the gargantuan mosaic on the museum facade - it represents the development of Albania's history with everyone from Illirians to Partisans represented. Inside, each hall covers one of the stages in the development of the Albanian nation. Beautiful finds from the many archaeological sites across the country include the 4th-century mosaic of a woman from Durrës. One hall focuses on the Second World War and the resistance movements, while the museum ends with the 'Pavilion of Communist Terror', a harrowing exhibition about Albania's prison and labour camp system and the thousands of men and women who were swallowed by it. Unfortunately most texts are in Albanian, so bring a translator, or at least have a look at the photos of the show trials, the bloodied shirt of a man shot while trying to escape across the border in 1990, and a reconstructed prison cell. The museum shop has a good selection of books and traditional crafts.