Open daily: 12:00 – 20:00
The Romanian Kitsch Museum is the best way of understanding Romanian (sub)culture. Kitsch is defined as art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garnishments or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
The boutique museum hosts over 200 exhibits which compose a convincing evidence of the existence of the Romanian kitsch. This can also be deduced from the seven categories in which the objects were divided: Dracula, religion, communism, interior design, gypsy, modern and make your own kitsch.
The museum itself is both hilarious and educational. It uses kitsch to explain the largest aspects of Romanian culture - from the church to communism to Dracula. It is also interactive and you can have a lot of fun while visiting it!
The Kitsch Museum is open daily from 12:00 - 23:00. The price of a ticket is 30 lei (20 lei for Romanian visitors, who benefit from discount "because they are exposed to the kitsch around them every day"). The museum is located on Covaci Street no. 6 (2nd floor) within the premises of Bucharest Old Town.
The Romanian Kitsch Museum opened in May 2017. It was the idea of Cristian Lica, a Romanian who decided that his collection of kitsch objects would make a perfect museum in Bucharest.
The Kitsch Museum is a boutique museum and has a room that hosts the permanent exhibition, as well as a gallery where artists can exhibit their work. The museum exhibits are grouped into 6 major categories: Dracula kitsch (kitsch objects connected to the myth of the famous vampire), religious kitsch, communist-era kitsch, interior design kitsch, gypsy-kitsch, modern kitsch. In addition, the new museum proposes visitors become artists. "Make your own kitsch!"
Romanian Kitsch Museum is both an exhortation and a museum space dedicated to those who hold such objects and want to have their own exhibition in the boutique museum.
The museum itself is both hilarious and educational. It uses kitsch to explain the largest aspects of Romanian culture - from the church to communism, from gypsies to Dracula.
Some of the exhibits flirt with controversy, especially in the communist, gypsy, and religious categories. For example, there is a mannequin of a pregnant gypsy woman standing next to a baby that plays with the stereotypical portrayal of a poor Romani woman or Orthodox clerics standing next to luxury cars, which pokes fun at religious hypocrisy.
If you’re feeling creative in a cheesy kind of way, then you’ll enjoy the Make Your Own Kitsch section, where you can craft the tackiest things that come to mind. And if you own something you believe deserves a place in the kitsch hall of fame, you can submit it for consideration in the museum’s Kitsch Art Gallery, which fills the second floor.