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The National History Museum of Romania (Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei)

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Address: Calea Victoriei 12 | Sector 3, Bucharest 030026, Romania
Phone Number: +40 21 315 8207
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The National History Museum of Romania is one of the emblematic...

The National History Museum of Romania is one of the emblematic institutions of Romanian culture. The museum is housed in a historic building located in the old city center of Bucharest. The museum has a rich heritage that increases every year, organized into many outstanding collections. In the Historical Treasure hall are displayed items - some of them unique - made of metals and gems belonging to civilizations that inhabited, over time, the current territory of our country, or depicting events and the activity of historical figures from past times. The permanent exhibition in the Lapidarium is set up in a building especially erected so that it could house a full-scale copy of the basis of Trajan's Column and copies of the scenes represented on this extraordinary monument of Antiquity, but also epigraphic and architectural monuments dating from the Antique period and Middle Ages, all organized in a chronological pattern. Thus, civil monuments are shown (documents, decrees, and honorary monuments), religious ones too (funerary and votive monuments), sculpture and decorative and architectural elements. Given its collections, The National History Museum of Romania owns an extremely valuable supply of mobile heritage goods showing all the significant periods of the Romanian people's history and of ancient civilizations that inhabited the current territory of Romania. As a leading institution in the Romanian cultural landscape, the museum currently presents to the public two major permanent exhibitions - Historical Treasure and Lapidarium-The Copy of the Trajan's Column - and other temporary exhibitions with various topics, held in the Central Hall.

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The History of a Country in one Museum

The National History Museum is the most important musem of Romania. The building was erected in 1900 after the plans of the Romanian architect Alexandru Savulescu and until 1970... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bucharest, Romania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite the very interesting collections and the efforts of the administration to keep it functional the museum needs massive repairs. Everything is shabby and poor giving you the impression of an ancient communist place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National History Museum is the most important musem of Romania. The building was erected in 1900 after the plans of the Romanian architect Alexandru Savulescu and until 1970 it was the headquarter of the the Romanian Post Office. In 1970 it was restaurated and became the National History Museum of Romania including the Thesaurusof the country.

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The museum has a nice and interesting curatorial idea. It is a nice museum to visit, and you must take a picture with the statue(that became an icon in Bucuahrest) in front of the museum: The king Traian holding a dog in his arms.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Romania's history comes to life in the Museum. What we found most interesting was the huge exhibit of Roman Emperor Trajan's Column and the valuable treasure hall that included not only crown jewels but also treasures of millennia past. A nice museum!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I have been there hoping to see much much more than what is inside. Only the treasure room has english translation. All about the national history is in rumenian, so it's not easy to get details about the country :( A copy with details of the Colonna of Traiano is there...but this should be a Rumenian and not Roman museum... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Then it's excellent. Otherwise; Don't bother; Speak truly with the habitants and get an actual view instead.

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Aachen, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Tasteless. Dirty. Chaotic. No English text. For Bucharest standards expensive entry, 25 lei. No history to see or to learn about. Staff incompetent.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Last time I visited this museum was more than 15 years ago.A few days ago I decided to make another visit,with a much more advanced photo camera and with much older and "wiser" eyes.What a disappointment...if at the last time visit I saw a extremely interesting museum,where I spent about 6 hours to see all,a 5 star museum,now all you... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum is under renovation so most of the collection was not available. There was a large and interesting display, including actual artifacts and reconstructions, of the paleolithic excavations from the vicinity of Sultana. Unfortunately all the information signs were in Romanian only, so if you do not have a working knowledge of a Romance language, you're lost (I speak... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This Museum contains collections of Romanian Life. It holds a house, part of a reconstructed chuch, plenty of Romanian clothes. It is a stop on The Hop on Hop off bus. It is only about $4 to get into, well worth the money

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