As any other European city with a long history, Bucharest has many museums.
If you are the type of person that goes into a museum hunt you would be busy for a week. But if you just want to have the big picture here’s a list of museums that are worth visiting.
Muzeul Taranului Roman, (Romanian Peasant Museum) is the fast way to learn about the history and the habits of Romanians, long before city life seized everyday life. It has a vast collection of textiles, especially national costumes, traditional Orthodox iconography, ceramics and other artifacts of Romanian peasant life. One of Europe’s leading museums of popular arts and traditions, it won the award “European Museum of the Year” in 1996.
Sos. Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff , No. 3
Muzeul satului (The Village Museum )- meet a true “village” with monuments and artifacts from the seventeenth century until the early XX century. It is one of the few open-air ethnographic museum in Europe, located in the Herastrau Park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. It extends to over 100,000 m2 and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.
Sos. Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff, No. 28-30
Muzeul Antipa , The National Museum of Natural History is designed in a neoclassical style. Its construction was carried out in the period 1904-1906, and the facade was designed by architect Gregory Cerchez. After two years of renovations and upgrades, it finally shows new exhibitions, modern design and facilities, designed to attract audiences to the mysteries of natural history.
Sos. Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff, No. 1
Muzeul de arta contemporan ( The Museum of Contemporary Art) or MNAC as the Romanians call it is one of the newest museums in Bucharest. The museum is at the 5th floor of the Palace of Parliament (Casa Poporului), in Unirii area. The museum has a big terrace where from time to time they host parties. The atmosphere is young and fresh and a good starting point to meet new and interesting people.
Palace of Parliament, wing E4, south side entrance
Curtea Veche (the Old Princely Court), built as a place or residence during the rule of Vlad III Dracula (witch became the legendary Dracula) in the 15th century, now operates as a museum. In the 16th century Mircea Ciobanul rebuilt it completely and afterward it became the nucleus of the Bucharest, surrounded by the houses of traders and craftsmen. It is also at the center of efforts to restore the Centrul Vechi of Bucharest.
Franceza Street, No.21
Muzeul National Cotroceni is one of the most important museums in Bucharest, located in the Cotroceni Palace, where a former monastery used to be. Cotroceni was the Royal Palace where King Ferdinand and Queen Mary lived. You can admire old European decorative art collections.
Cotroceni assembly was raised between1679-1681, at the west of Bucharest by Prince Serban Cantacuzino and was the most important foundation of his. Within the assembly there was a church and the magnificent royal palace, built in the baroque spirit.
Bd. Geniului, No.1
Muzeul Național de Arta al Romaniei (The National Museum of Art of Romania) is located in the former royal palace in Revolution Square on Calea Victoriei. It was build in 1837. It features notable collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.
The modern Romanian collection features sculptures by Constantin Brancusi, Milita Petrascu and Dimitrie Paciurea, as well as paintings by Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu and Theodor Pallady.
Calea Victoriei, No. 49-53
Muzeul Național de Istorie a României (The National Museum of Romanian History) is a museum on Calea Victoriei which contains Romanian historical artifacts from prehistoric times up to modern times. The permanent displays include a plaster cast of the entirety of Traian’s Column, the Romanian Crown Jewels and the Pietroasele treasure. The museum is located inside the former Postal Services Palace which also houses a philatelic museum. As of 2012, the museum is under reconstruction; a late medieval archaeological site was discovered under the building.
Calea Victoriei, No.12