What would you say if I told you that you could see the museums in Bucharest for free? Well, find out that it is possible and here’s the list of museums you can visit for free with some tips.
The truth is that for most museums, you will have to pay an entrance fee, the secret to having a free entry is to know when to visit. Did I make you curious?
You are lucky if you are in Bucharest, especially on the 1st or 26th of the month. Why? Most museums have an entrance fee, which is probably why everyone flocks to Museum Night. The tip is that many museums have days of the month when you don’t have to pay a ticket. Some are on the first Wednesday of the month, others on the first Saturday or around the 26th.
Here is the free entry museum lists in Bucharest:
Curtea Veche Museum – Voivodeship Palace
The earliest historical records of Bucharest can be found in the Old Princely Court Museum (Curtea Veche), which dates to the thirteenth century. The Old Princely Court is the oldest medieval monument located in Bucharest. Between 1459 and 1660, Bucharest was where Wallachian rulers dwelled, along with the country’s ancient capital city, Târgovişte. Located on Franceza street, no. 25-31, visiting on the first Saturday of every month is free.
Museum of Art Collections
A division of the National Museum of Art of Romania, the Museum of Art Collections is located in Bucharest. It is situated in Romanit Palace at Calea Victoriei No. 111, on the corner of Calea Griviței. The museum contains 44 collections donated to the Romanian State beginning in 1927. You can visit this museum for free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Bucharest Municipal Museum
One of Bucharest’s oldest aristocratic homes and one of the few structures to have survived for more than 150 years is the Suţu Palace. Between 1833 and 1835, Costache Suţu constructed it based on designs created by architects Johann Veit and Conrad Schwink. Located on I.C. Bratianu boulevard, no. 2, it can be visited for free on the first Saturday of every month.
Romanian Peasant Museum
The Romanian Peasant Museum houses Romania’s most extensive collection of traditional artifacts, allowing visitors to take in displays of ceramics, textiles, folk costumes, carved items, furniture, and icons. Located on Kiseleff street, no. 3, it can be visited for free on the 26th of every month.
National Art Museum of Romania – Royal Palace
The museum houses Romania’s most extensive collection of traditional artifacts, allowing visitors to take in displays of ceramics, textiles, folk costumes, carved items, furniture, and icons. Situated on Calea Victoriei, no. 49-53, it can be visited for free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Museum K.H. Zambaccian
The Zambaccian Museum, a division of the National Museum of Art of Romania, now houses around 300 works of decorative and plastic art.
The Zambaccian Museum is a destination worth going to experience the tranquil ambiance and view the magnificent collection of paintings, statues, and furniture. It is located in the former home of Krikor Zambaccian (1889 -1962), near Dorobanților Square, on Zambaccian Museum street, no. 21A. You can visit this museum for free on the first Wednesday of every month.
George Enescu National Museum – Cantacuzino Palace
The „George Enescu” National Museum is great for a tranquil afternoon. It is only a short distance from the Mercure Bucharest City Center Hotel, on Calea Victoriei, no. 141). You can view documents and personal items belonging to the well-known musician in the „George Enescu” Museum, located in the majestic Cantacuzino Palace. You can visit the George Enescu Museum for free on the 16th of every month.
Admiral Vasile Urseanu Astronomical Observatory
The Astronomical Observatory, „Amiral Vasile Urseanu” of the Municipality of Bucharest, is a museum institution intended to popularize astronomy, a subunit of the Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest. With its facilities and facilities, like an open window to the sky, it offers all those interested the opportunity to watch the spectacle of the celestial vault through a telescope. Located on Lascar Catargiu Boulevard, no. 21, it can be visited on the first Saturday of every month.
Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei Art Collection
The Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei Art Collection is housed in the donors’ private residence, a structure constructed in the eclectic French style around the turn of the 20th century. On 11 Iunie Street in Bucharest, next to Carol I Park, is where you’ll find the Macovei mansion. The Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei Art Collection, most recently added to the Bucharest Municipality Museum’s collection in 1992, illustrates the aesthetic and architectural vision of two individuals interested in the arts. You can visit the Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei Art Collection for free on the first Saturday of every month.
Fine Art collection Fr. Storck and Cecilia Cutescu Storck
The Frederic Storck and Cecilia Cuțescu Storck Museum is situated at No. 16 Vasile Alecsandri Street on the city’s northern edge. The bequest provided by Cecilia Cuţescu Storck and her daughters, Gabriela Florica Storck and Cecilia Frederica Storck Botez, to the People’s Town Council in October 1951 is mainly responsible for the museum’s heritage. You can visit the art collection for free on the first Saturday of every month.
Theodor Pallady Museum – Melik House
In one of Bucharest’s oldest still-standing commercial houses sits the Theodor Pallady Museum. Numerous items by the well-known Romanian painter Theodor Pallady are included, in addition to a selection of European and Oriental furniture. The home, which was constructed in the latter half of the 18th century, is named after its most prominent owner, Iacob Melik. Located on Spatarului, no. 22, and it can be visited for free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Vasile Grigore Art Museum
Located on Maria Rosetti Street, no. 2, the Art Museum „Vasile Grigore – Painter and Collector” is a national museum in Bucharest. More than 500 items make up the Vasile Grigore collection, which has been deemed for public benefit since 2004. The museum has exhibition spaces on two levels. The pieces are placed in five rooms, representing seven large sections (painting, graphics, sculpture, Romanian folk art and European, oriental and far-eastern decorative art). It can be visited for free on the last Wednesday of every month.
Memorial Museum C.I. and C.C. Nottara
The Nottara family collection, made up of pieces of furniture, books, musical scores, sculptures, diplomas, awards and other objects that belonged to the actor C.I. Nottara and his son, the musician C.C. Nottara, was donated by the latter’s wife, Ana Nottara, to the Romanian state in 1956. The family collection includes decorative objects, many of which were received as gifts by the two artists from students and guild colleagues, admirers or from the theatrical and musical societies of the time. Located on Dacia Boulevard, no. 51, it can be visited for free on the first Saturday of every month.
Dr. Victor Babes Memorial Museum
The residence of Dr. Victor Babeş, designed in the eclectic style typical of the 1920s, is located on the Northern side of Bucharest, on Andrei Mureșanu Street, at nr. 14A. The house was built between 1928 and 1929 by the doctor’s son, Mircea Babeș, a diplomat for Romania in Warsaw, Ottawa, and Moscow. The Museum displays all objects Victor Babeș had surrounded himself with during the time spent in the apartment the Institute bearing his name had provided. It is there that the scientist lived from 1887 until he died in 1926. It is free to enter on the first Saturday of every month.