Introducing: The Ethnological Museum


Manifesta 14 Prishtina continues to present the spaces where participants artists will present their art works, installations, exhibitions and so much more. Next in line is the Ethnological Museum, an important cultural institution Kosovo.

As one of the last remaining buildings in the Old Bazaar of Prishtina, the Ethnological Museum is a building rich in history and culture. It is an Ottoman style building of stone and wood and was home to the Gjinolli family for many years before it became a museum.Before 1990, this building served as a nature museum, but after 2003 it was filled with everyday objects from the Ottoman period in Kosovo. Now, the museum also presents the historic,traditional costumes in Kosovo. Situated in the Emin Gjiku complex, it has been a protected monument by the state of Kosovo since 2016.

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The Ethnological Museum presents not only broad cultural values, but also detailed representation on how families lived, the clothing they wore, weaponry and artifacts which enrich the vision on how Kosovars lived in the past centuries. Everyone can visit the museum for free and can discover how daily life looked like in the past.

Each of the rooms in this house tell the routine, prosaic story of a normal family. Styled with traditional carpeting and rudimentary objects, the exhibitions reflect on the resourcefulness of this society.

During the 100-day biennial of Manifesta 14 Prishtina, this museum will be avenue for participants to lend their artistic vision on how to tell stories otherwise.