City of Constanta

Art Museum

Declared the second institution of its kind in Romania, after the Museum of Art in Bucharest, the Constantian Museum is housed by a building with a history full of significance for the seaside city. The imposing building that houses today the collections of the Art Museum was the first school erected in Constanta. The educational institution was built between 1891 and 1893 at the initiative of the then mayor, who wanted to change the face of the City through several imposing buildings. The school was named “Principle Ferdinand and Princess Maria” and housed two individual and totally separate educational institutions: one for boys and one for girls.

The first school in Constanta operated in this building until 1985, when the edifice transformed into the annex of the Art Museum that has existed in Constanta for several decades, without having a fixed headquarters. It should be noted that the Seaside Art Museum had a rich heritage even before the institution was moved to the heat of the former school. An important moment in the history of the Constanta Museum of Art occurred in 1990, when the works in Nicolae Ceausescu’s protocol villa at Neptune were donated to the institution. That’s when the museum took possession of paintings and sculptures by famous Romanian artists.

Dedicated to painting, sculpture and graphics, the Constantian museum currently holds a heritage of over 7400 works, chronologically organized, illustrating exemplary Romanian art. In the galleries of the museum are present all the great Romanian artists through works of art of rare beauty.

Adress: Tomis Blvd. No. 82-84, Constanta

Summer schedule: 10:00 - 18:00

Off-season schedule: 09:00 - 17:00

Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Phone: +40 (341) 454.498

                  +40 (241) 617.012

Fax: +40 (241) 617.012

E-mail: muzeuartacta@yahoo.com

Museum of Folk Art

The Popular Art Museum is located in the historic area of Constanta, at the intersection of Tomis Avenue and Traian Street. The museum is housed in a building of great significance for the history of the city. The building was built in 1893 and served for a time as the headquarters of the City Hall, being called the Comunal Palace. Over time the building has had other destinations, but since 1975 it has been hosting the Museum of Popular Art, a leading cultural institution of Constanta.

The idea of creating a museum of ethnography by the sea was born in the early 1960s from several similar institutions in the country: the Brukental Museum in Sibiu, the Museum of Popular Art and the Village Museum in Bucharest. Originally, the museum was conceived as an exponent of Dobrogen ethnography, so in 1975 the first exhibition was organized that offered a clear view of life in the traditional Dobrogean village. Ten years later, however, there is a focus on acquisitions to other ethnographic areas of the country. An important moment in the existence of the Museum of Popular Art in Constanta occurred in 1990, when the museum acquired legal personality. Since then, the institution has continued to be a remarkable presence in a world where Romanian traditions, customs, folklore and port are threatened by the excessive modernization that has gripped today’s society.

Today, the Museum of Popular Art in Constanta houses an impressive heritage, consisting of over 15,000 exhibits that illustrate the folk culture from various corners of Romania. In the museum galleries you can admire wonderful collections of icons on glass and wood, ceramics, popular port, bark, fabrics, ornaments and utensils used by Romanian peasants. Household items are found in an impressive variety, being made of wood, metal or ceramics and cover a very large geographical area. Among the heritage objects are the collections of popular port and fabrics for household use and decoration. The richness of colors and floral, vegetable, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic motifs, alternating with stripes and other geometric shapes create ornamental compositions of a special beauty.

Adress: Tomis Blvd. No. 32 (near Constanta City Hall)

Summer schedule: 09:00 – 20:00

Off-season schedule: 09:00 – 17:00

Phone/Fax: +40 (241) 616.133

Museum of National History and Archeology

The cornerstone of the museum was laid in 1879 by Remus Opreanu, the first prefect of the Romanian administration in Dobrogea, in an attempt to counter the smuggling of ancient pieces discovered in the archaeological sites of Constanta. For almost a century, the History Museum of Constanta has experienced periods of decline and flowering, being disorganized, reorganized and moved to various locations in the city. In 1977 the museum exhibits are permanently moved to the current headquarters in Ovidiu Square. The imposing museum building was built in the Romanian architectural style at the beginning of the 20th century and served as the headquarters of the City Hall until 1921.

The Museum of National History and Archaeology boasts an impressive heritage, consisting of over 430,000 objects dating from the Paleolithic to the modern era. The museum differentiates itself from similar institutions in other counties in that, although it emphasizes the history of Dobrogea, it has a national thematic area.

On the ground floor of the Museum of National History and Archaeology there are two halls where archaeological monuments of special value, rarities and unique pieces are exhibited. From this section are noted: the Glykon Snake – the unique piece in the world, representing a deity from Roman mythology (second century d.Hr.), the Fortuna statuary group with Pontos – protective divinities of the port and Tomis fortress (second century d.Hr.), Aedicula with double representation of the goddess Nemesis – one of the most remarkable pieces of the Museum (second century AD), stones and cameos, the hoard of silver pots Sucidava-Izvoarele, etc.

Within the other floors of the museum the exhibits are ordered chronologically, starting with the first evidence of Dobrogea’s habitation and ending with the modern era. Among these pieces are “The Thinker” and his pair, emblematic pieces for the hamagia (Neolithic) culture.

The museum complex of history and archaeology is completed on the outside by an extensive lapidarium (assembly of engraved and carved stones) and by the Roman Building with Mosaic, a historical monument unique in Eastern Europe by its dimensions.

Adress: Ovidiu Square No. 12, Constanta

Schedule: 10:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00

Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Phone/Fax: +40 (241) 618.763

                             +40 (241) 614.562

E-mail: minaconstanta@gmail.com

Romanian Navy Museum

The Museum’s collections are not only unique, but also unique and spectacular. They include marine knots, anchors – some of them impressively sized, wheelie, weapons of all kinds – from white weapons made by the Dacians to artillery pieces. The collection of navo-models occupies an important place among the exhibits of the Museum of the Romanian Navy, comprising 150 models of the military and civilian ships that have made up the Romanian fleet throughout history. The museum also includes an important collection of navy uniforms. The first official outfit of the Romanian sailors dates back to 1850, the year the uniform was introduced. The museum dedicates a special collection to the personalities who made history in the Romanian Navy and who have linked their name for eternity to it. Only two examples would be that of the sailor writer, Jean Bart, who in 1932 made arrangements for the establishment of a navy museum in Constanta, and that of Officer Dimitrie Stibei, considered the greatest Romanian marines.

Adress: Traian Street No. 53, Constanta

Schedule: 09:00-16:00 (last entry at 15:15)

Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Phone/Fax: +40 (241) 619.035

E-mail: naval.museum@yahoo.com

City of Brasov

Art Museum

The Brasov Art Museum operates in a building located in The Avenue of Heroes Nr. 21 (near The Capitol Hotel). Raised in 1902 for the Brasov Tradesmen’s Association (Kronstadt Gewerbeverein), the building was redeveloped and adapted for its current destination between 1969-1970. Temporary exhibitions and a wide range of cultural events (concerts, book launches, round tables, conferences, etc.) are organized in the ground floor halls.

The museum heritage comprises over 4300 cultural goods (sevalet painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative art, icons, tapestry, oriental and Transylvanian carpets, etc.). The collection of painting, graphics and sculpture is representative of modern and contemporary Romanian art and Transylvanian art from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The permanent exhibition of the Brasov Art Museum, the National Gallery, meets a selection of works representative of modern plastic art from the Romanian space (painting and sculpture). The exhibition includes pieces illustrating the evolution of Transylvanian painting from the 18th to the 19th centuries and Romanian art from the period between the first half of the 19th century and the post-war period. Along with the works of the masters of Romanian art, he is also featured in the exhibition of active artists in Brasov, from the portraits of the Saxon patriciat to the works of contemporary Brasov artists.

Adress: Eroilor Blvd. No. 21, Brasov

Summer schedule: 10:00-18:00 (except legal holidays)

Off-season schedule: 09:00-17:00 (except legal holidays)

Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Phone: +40 (268) 477.286

Fax: +40 (268) 475.172

E-mail: muzeuldeartabrasov@gmail.com

Museum of Ethnography

The Brasov Ethnography Museum is dedicated to the regional ethnology of southeastern Transylvania, illustrating through its valuable heritage the civilization of the rural community in the ethnographic areas of Bran, Rupea, Olt Country, Hartibaci Valley, Barsa Country.

The museum was established in 1990, continuing the work of the ethnography section (established in 1967) within the Brasov Regional Museum, a museum formed in 1950 by bringing together the collections of the Sasesc Museum of Barsa Country and those of the ASTRA Cultural Association Museum.

The heritage held by the Brasov Ethnography Museum is on display today in both the headquarters of Brasov and in the subsidiaries of Sacele and Rupea. The newest branch, the Museum of Urban Civilization of Brasov, illustrates the way of life of urban dwellers between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Adress: Eroilor Blvd. No. 21A, Brasov

Schedule: 09:00 - 17:00

Monday is closed.

Phone: +40 (268) 476.243

E-mail: muzeu@etnobrasov.ro

House of Mureseni Museum

The House of Mureseni opened in the Council Square, No. 25, in 1968, as a result of the donation made by the descendants of the Muresianu family. They thus put into the work the cultural testament of Iacob Muresianu, giving the Romanian state, in order to organize a museum, the necessary space, a very valuable collection of furniture, painting, sculpture and especially an archive of inestimable cultural value, numbering over 25,000 documents. The museum is dedicated to the memory of several members of this family with great merit in the cultural and political life of their time. Since 1998 it has been an autonomous institution under the authority of the Brasov County Council.

The Muresen Archive is one of the richest and most important family archives. Driving for more than half a century the “Gazeta Transylvania”, the Muresians corresponded with all the political leaders of their time, both from Ardeal and from the other provinces inhabited by Romanians. In addition to political correspondence, there are numerous manuscripts of the Mures and the correspondents of the newspapers run by them in the Mureseni Archive. Draws attention and presence of documents related to the history of the National Anthem, “Wake up, Romanian”, creation of the immortal Andrei Muresanu. The Museum “Casa Mureșeni” has been transformed into a complex of memorial houses dedicated to the memory of great Brasov personalities, by opening on 24 June 2006 the memorial section Casa “Ştefan Baciu”, in G. Baiulescu Street, No. 9.

 

Adress: Kiseleff Road No. 3, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry at 17:00)

Monday is closed.

Phone: +40 (213) 179.660

Fax: +40 (213) 129.875

E-mail: info@muzeultaranuluiroman.ro

City of Bucharest

The Romanian Peasant Museum

The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, founded on February 5, 1990, is the continuation of some museum traditions dating back to 1875 when the National Museum of Antiquities was established, the first section of textile art with “works made in the country”, as proposed by the literary critic Titu Maiorescu. On October 11, 1906, due to the street of the numerous pesonalities of the time, an autonomous museum of Romanian folk art was established. Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcas, an eminent art historian, was appointed director, thanks to which the institution will acquire a prestigious scientific and cultural status.

Later, in 1912, on the site of the former Monetary and Mavrogheni Palace, the foundation stone of the Museum of National Art was laid. In the founding document, signed by King Charles I and descended to the foundation of the edifice, it was recorded that this museum was necessary “to honor ancestral art with a shelter worthy of its meaning”. The project and the management of the works were entrusted to the architect N. Ghica-Budesti.

The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is part of the European family of Museums of Arts and Popular Traditions. The owner of particularly rich collections of objects, housed in a historical monument building, in neo-Romanian style, practices a very special museography, which gave him the honor of awarding the EMYA European Museum of the Year Award trophy in 1996.

The original style of exhibition is also extended in the publications of the museum, in actions such as missionary museum, village school or in events such as openings, concerts, conferences. In the National Museum of the Romanian Taran, together with the permanent exhibition, we also meet temporary exhibitions, crafts fairs and a creativity workshop for children.

 

Adress: Kiseleff Road No. 3, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry at 17:00)

Monday is closed.

Phone: +40 (213) 179.660

Fax: +40 (213) 129.875

E-mail: info@muzeultaranuluiroman.ro

Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History

The current headquarters was designed and built by the efforts of Dr. Grigore Antipa, director from 1893 to 1944.

Over time, the museum was housed in various buildings in Bucharest. The current headquarters was designed and built by the efforts of Dr. Grigore Antipa, director from 1893 to 1944. The museum made by the great scientist was modern both in the way of exposure and in its role and work. Also, through sustained efforts Grigore Antipa has substantially enriched the collections of the institution with valuable pieces from all corners of the world. Grigore Antipa is also due to the realization in Bucharest of the first bio geographical dioramas, a model then extended to the great museums of the world.

King Carol II — decided that the museum should bear the name of its organizer, Grigore Antipa. In the post-war period the museum continued to develop and the scientific research activity took on, starting with the period when the leadership was Acad. Dr. Mihai Băcescu (1964-1988). Notable are the international expeditions attended by the museum’s specialists: Tanzania (1973), Indonesia (1991) and Brazil (1994).

 

Adress: Kiseleff Road No. 1, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: Monday – Thursday: 07:30 - 16:00

                        Friday: 07:30 - 13:30

Phone: +40 (213) 056.031

Fax: +40 (213) 128.863

E-mail: info@antipa.ro

"Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum

The National Museum of the Village “Dimitrie Gusti”, founded in 1936, as a result of laborious research and an original concept of Professor Dimitrie Gusti, soon became one of the most active centers of research, restoration and preservation of cultural heritage, a model that was the basis of the establishment of many open-air museums and a place where popular craftsmen come every year to prove that popular art does not die , but develops continuously in other forms.

The National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti” covers 16 hectares. Here were brought from the places of origin of peasant households, constructions of a community character and technical installations, to reflect the culture and civilization of the village in Romania, the traditional way of life from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The interiors of the buildings have been reconstructed and equipped with authentic objects, specific to each ethnographic area and the era of origin of the monuments.

The history of the National Village Museum is a history of villages spread throughout Romania that have formed and developed to the present day. Professor Dimitrie Gusti concluded that, “in order to be understood, the objects must be placed in such a way as to make up a real village, not in the stands, but in the beating of man”. To do this, an open-air museum was needed.

Adress: Kiseleff Road No. 28-30, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: 09:00 – 17:00

Exhibition halls are closed Monday and Tuesday.

Phone: +40 (213) 179.103

Fax: +40 (213) 179.068

E-mail: relatii.publice@muzeul-satului.ro

Museum of Romanian Literature

The Museum of Romanian Literature was founded on June 1, 1957 and was moved over time to several premises, one of which was the former home of Mihail Sadoveanu. The current headquarters of MNLR is located near the location of Slavici’s house, the residence where Eminescu was housed. Also nearby is the place where the home of critic Titu Maiorescu was once.

At first glance, the concept of arranging exhibitions surprises you in a pleasant way. They are not placed in chronological order, but in a thematic one. On the ground floor you will find an exhibition dedicated to Romanian poetry. Here is Vasile Alecsandri’s green crystal penless holster or the excerpt from the manuscript of the poem Letter II, created in 1881 by Mihai Eminescu.

Climb to the second floor of the Museum of Romanian Literature and discover the space dedicated to Romanian prose and literary criticism. Here you have the opportunity to admire the original manuscript of Ion Creanga’s work, Memories of Childhood. Also in this room is the cup from which he enjoys his daily coffee Mihail Sadoveanu, as well as his solid wood chess table.

Then go to the attic of the building where you get a surprise. Here the films and plays of the most important playwrights and scenographers of Romanian culture are run non-stop.Before you go, you really need to go to the basement. In one of the halls you will find pencils by Tudor Arghezi and his daughter Mitzura, as well as a book of impressive size, illustrating the friendship between Nichita Stanescu and Mircia Dumitrescu.

 

Adress: Griviței Way No. 64-66, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: Monday – Friday:10:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 18:00

Phone: +40 (762) 671.698

E-mail: relatiipublice@mnlr.ro

National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art of Romania is located on the Calea Victoriei, installed within the Royal Palace, being considered the most beautiful building, but also the one that has suffered the most over time.

The south wing of the museum was, in 1837, a ceremonial palace, at the request of Prince Alexandru Ghica. The building, at that time, of modest size and with a mediocre appearance, was inhabited by Alexandru Ioan Cuza. In 1882 he first benefited from electric lighting.

Over the years, a number of modifications and renovations were made, but in 1944, it was partially destroyed by a bombing. It also suffered in 1989, following the events of December 1989, being destroyed and degraded at least 1000 works, the estimates of the disaster reach almost 80%.

In 1950, the first gallery representing national art was opened. During the communist regime, it was also renovated, but everything related to the royal family was wiped out or covered.

Although between 1990 and 2000 the entire museum was closed for redevelopment, temporary exhibitions were organized to make the most of its heritage.

From May 2000 until April 2002 the famous galleries opened consecutively: the European Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Romanian Art and the Gallery of Old Romanian Art.

Adress: Victoriei Way No. 49-53, Sector 1, Bucharest

Schedule: 11:00-17:00

Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Phone: +40 (213) 148.119

                  +40 (213) 133.030

Fax: +40 (213) 124.327

E-mail: comunicare@art.museum.ro