Bucharest has around 60 museums and memorial houses, but only a few of them have been renovated and modernized using the techniques they use in the top museums of Europe. Of course, the recently renovated museums are those that are in the preferences of the general public, being visited by quite a large number of people every year. Yet, even the oldest ones deserve visiting.
Here are the 5 most popular museums in Bucharest:
The National Museum of Natural History „Grigore Antipa”
Located near Piata Victoriei, on Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff Road no.1, the Antipa Museum is one of the most long-standing institutions for biodiversity research and public education in Romania. At the same time, it is one of the most appreciated museums in the country, boasting an impressive collection of extremely well-made exhibits. Established in 1834, at the request of the Great Ban Mihalache Ghica, the brother of the ruler Alexandru Ghica, the museum was initially composed of the donation of the initiator, including birds, mammals, mollusks, fish, fossils of various types, different minerals and coins belonging to the Greek people. In 2009, the Antipa museum underwent an impressive modernization, thus becoming one of the most sought-after museums in the capital city of Romania.
The National Museum of the Village „Dimitrie Gusti”
Also located on the Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff road, but far from the Antipa Museum, more precisely in Herastrau Park, the Village Museum is considered one of the main tourist attractions in Bucharest, being praised mostly by foreign tourists traveling to Romania. Lying on an impressive surface, the museum has the size of a true village and includes a lot of monuments and artifacts from the 17th century to the 20th century. Here you will find, in fact, houses and rural buildings representative of each ethnographic area of the country, including from Transylvania, Maramures, Oltenia, Moldova, Dobrogea, Muntenia, and Banat.
3. The National Military Museum
Located on Mircea Vulcanescu street, no. 125-127, the National Military Museum in Bucharest was opened to the public starting December 18, 1923, following the High Decree issued by King Ferdinand I of Romania. The rooms of the museum host three major exhibitions: the Ancient History Exhibition, the Machete Collection (with information about the military technique used over time, but also about the fortifications), and the Collection of white weapons and firearms. The museum also has a library that contains military books and magazines. The museum’s courtyard has an important tourist and also cultural objective at its entrance: the Heroes Monument of the 21st Infantry Regiment, sculpted by the great artist Spiridon Georgescu. Also, the courtyard is hosting various artillery objects and types of military techniques used in aviation and infantry.
4. National Museum of History of Romania
The institution appeared in 1970, as the top archaeology and history museum in the country. Consequently, the most famous treasures were brought here, first of all, those made of precious metal, which is the only public place where security and visibility could be ensured to the same extent. Also, a lot of other pieces of great archaeological and historical value have popped up in the exhibitions of the National Museum, to illustrate the millennia of history, or, to be more precise, the history of that time. The National History Museum occupies 8,000 square meters and brings together approx. 60 extremely valuable exhibition rooms. Going through them, we can get acquainted with the testimonies about the presence of man on the territory of Romania from Paleolithic (600,000 years – 6,000 years BC), the material and spiritual culture of the Geto-Dacians, the Dacian-Roman wars, and the transformation of Dacia into the province of the Empire. the novel, the emergence, and completion of the state power structures in medieval society, the Phanariote rulers, the bourgeois-democratic revolution of 1848, the independence, the outbreak of the two world wars, and the entry of Romania under Russian influence.
5. National Museum of Art of Romania
The National Museum of Art of Romania showcases the most important and the most comprehensive collection of fine artworks in the country. The proximity to the Romanian Athenaeum enhances the tourist visibility of the museum. The museum is a must-see touristic objective of Bucharest. With a collection of impressive works of art, divided into three major categories: Old Romanian Art Gallery, Modern Romanian Art Gallery, and European Art Gallery, the National Art Museum of Romania represent one of the most pleasant and recreational ways to spend. free time in the capital of our country. Among the most important artists who exhibited their works in this museum are Constantin Brancusi, Rembrandt, Monet, Rubens, and Tintoretto.