5 Museums to Visit in Bucharest, Romania

Museums are a nice way to get a glimpse into what a country went through. It showcases life in the past, the way people viewed art, the way people survived, and most importantly, what people valued most. If you would like to get to know Romania's history, here are 5 museums to visit in their capital city of Bucharest.

1. Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană aka Museum of Contemporary Art

Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană, Foursquare.com

The museum of contemporary art was inaugurated last October 2004. It is located in a wing of the Palace of Parliament. This museum caters to up and coming Romanian artists. This is a place where they can hold their exhibitions and shows.

Location: Palace of the Parliament wing E4, Izvor St. 2-4, Bucharest 050563

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

Rate: Free entrance unless otherwise specified

Name:
Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană
Address:
Palatul Parlamentului (Str. Izvor nr. 2-4, E4, intr. prin Calea 13 Sept.), 050563 Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 318 9137
HP:
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2. Muzeul Național de Artă al României

Muzeul Național de Artă al României, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Artă al României, Foursquare.com

Also known as the National Museum of Art of Romania, this museum has been standing since 1837 when it was first the palace of Wallachian Prince Alexandru Ghica. It officially became a national gallery somewhere around 1950-1954. It has three art galleries, namely the European Art Gallery, the Romanian Medieval Art Gallery and the Romanian Modern Art Gallery.

Location: 49-53, Calea Victoriei, 70101 Bucharest

Opening hours: Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday
11.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m. (May - September)
10.00 a.m. - 18.00 p.m. (October - April)

Rates: 8 to 15 RON ($2 and up)

Name:
Muzeul Național de Artă al României
Address:
Palatul Regal (Calea Victoriei nr. 49-53), 010082 Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 313 3030
HP:
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3. Muzeul Național de Istorie a României

Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Foursquare.com

In English, this translates to the National Museum of Romanian History. The building where it is housed now used to be a postal office. Included in its permanent display are the entire Trajan's Column, the Romanian Crown Jewels, and the Pietroasele treasure.

Location: Calea Victoriei nr.12 sector 3, COD 030026 Bucharest

Opening Hours: Closed from Monday to Tuesday, Open from 10.00 to 18.00, Wednesdays to Sundays

Rate: 25 RON ($7)

Name:
Muzeul Național de Istorie a României
Address:
Palatul Poștelor (Calea Victoriei nr. 12), Bucharest, Romania
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4. Muzeul Național al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

Muzeul Național al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti”, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti”, Foursquare.com

This open-air museum is more like a trip down memory lane. It is nestled near the biggest park in Bucharest, by the Herăstrău lakeside. You will see old Romanian houses, which are reminiscent of the 15th to 20th century because of the artifacts from this time period. You will be able to have a glimpse of what life was during this era.

Location: Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 28-30 Bucharest

Opening hours: The Halls have different opening times, but the park is open from May to September, Wednesday-Sunday 11.00-19.00

Name:
Muzeul Național al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
Address:
Șos. Pavel D. Kiseleff nr. 28-30, 011347 Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 317 9103
HP:
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5. Muzeul Național de Istorie Naturală 'Grigore Antipa'

Muzeul Național de Istorie Naturală „Grigore Antipa”, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Istorie Naturală „Grigore Antipa”, Foursquare.com

This museum is like a mini zoo, only with preserved animals. Also called the “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History, this is one of the oldest establishments dedicated to animal and environmental studies. This museum was established in 1834, at the initiative of the brother of the King Alexandru Ghica, the Great Count Mihalache Ghica. This museum is named after Grigore Antipa because of his excellent contributions to natural science.

Location: Sos. Kiseleff nr. 1, Bucharest

Opening hours: Summer - Tuesday ro Sunday: 10.00 to 20.00

Rates: 20 RON ($5)

Name:
Muzeul Național de Istorie Naturală „Grigore Antipa”
Address:
Șos. Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff nr. 1 (Piața Victoriei), 011341 Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 312 8826
HP:
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Conclusion

To make your museum tour easier, from the airport, the nearest place you can visit is the Village Museum, followed by the Antipa Museum, and then The National Museum of Art of Romania, National Museum of Romanian History and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, respectively.

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