Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei

Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei

Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei
3.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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  • MadtownChris
    Madison, Wisconsin232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit location in Bucharest
    I don't know what the bad reviews are about but this is a great museum. The display of Dacian history was well made and easily digested with clear and brief descriptive panels in Romanian and English. We learned more than in most museums and the Dacian culture was fascinating to learn about. Beyond that, the basement houses a large collection of gold and jewels from throughout Romanian history, including their crown jewels. Really cool. There's more that we didn't have time to see but just that was great.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Athena53
    Kansas City, Missouri1,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for Everyone
    I spent 2 hours in this museum and barely gave the Trajan’s Column the attention it deserves. First, don’t miss the toy museum to the right as you enter. They also have an extensive collection of ephemera- advertising cards, candy bar labels, etc. The main part of the museum includes objects from Romania’s history, first with items and documents from Alexander Cuza, has a section on battles and weapons, and then proceeds to lower floors with a lapidarium of grave stones, architectural remnants and other inscriptions (explained in Romanian and English). The floor below that had a replica the lower portion of Emperor Trajan’s column plus an entire floor filled with replicas of panels on the column (with explanations) showing various scenes from the Roman settlement of the area. Finally, there’s an extensive collection of jewelry- as early as 14th century BC, going through the centuries to some major pieces from the era of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie- including Queen Marie’s crown and a couple of rings each with a with 20+ carat diamond. I highly recommend this museum!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
  • B M
    Arlon, Belgium142 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real history Museum of Romania - must see.
    Very instructive visit to know more about the past of Romania, since roman empire till more recent events. An impressive collection of gold and jewels since 3-4 centuries BC. An amazing view of a replica of the Trojan Column whose presentation is horizontal what enables you to read it easily.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Colleen
    Belfast, United Kingdom428 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice way to spend an hour, but don’t go out of your way
    My friend and I really enjoyed walking around this museum on a day in Bucharest when we had some time to kill. Because we received a student discount, we felt like we received good value for our payment. We might not have felt that way if we had paid full price for our tickets though. If you don’t have a ton of time to spend in Bucharest, you should probably pass on visiting this museum. But, if you’re looking for something to do to fill in some of your time, you’ll probably enjoy spending an hour or so here.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 17, 2024
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Olivia
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
The contents of the museum are quite good; they have a lot of ancient artefacts that we weren't expecting. The temporary exhibitions weren't anything to write home about. The exhibit information boards are in Romanian and there is a little information in English, but not much, so we had to Google things as we walked around to try and figure out who the exhibits were about. We were there at 11am on a Saturday in February and there were very few people there. The customer service leaves a lot to be desired: the staff are rude and unfriendly, and there is an uneasy atmosphere as you walk around as there are so many security guards scrutinising you.
Written February 19, 2022
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Thomas K
Copenhagen, Denmark1,139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Love this museum, especially the basement with the treasure room. It holds a very impressive collection of jewels from the Royal family, I am especially impressed with the 100+ carat emerald and the diamond riviere and the ruby Cartier bracelet and ancient gold treasures. The crowns worn by the King ang Queen is shown here. The museum also has a collection of items showing the countrys proud history back to the romans and before. The ticket was 20 Lei.
Written February 9, 2022
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Fane Babanul
Rishon Lezion, Israel2,081 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The museum highlist is the thesaurus, which contains many gold objects found on Romania's territory.
Most of them originate from tribes that passed over the Romanian territory after the Roman Empire withdrawal from Dacia, approx, 280 AC.
Contemporary pieces owned by the Romanian kings are less interesting.

One level is dedicated to an extensive copy of Trajan's Column in Rome, that glorifies the emperor's conquest of Dacia, the antique kingdom that precedes Romania.

All other permanent expos are long-term closed for maintenance.
Written September 21, 2022
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The National Museum of Romanian History was founded in 1972 and is housed in the historic and beautiful Palace of Posts (post office) in Bucharest Old Town. The museum houses many historical treasures, a full-size copy of Rome's Trajans Column (disassembled so each piece can be viewed), Romanian Royal Treasures, and an exhibition displaying architectural monuments many from the Middle Ages. We found the museum to be interesting, well organized, and very informative.
Written March 4, 2023
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Razvan C
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Terribly organised museum; one of the worst I’ve seen. Came close to the History Museum of Cairo.

Poorly lit, the whole building has only one small toilet somewhere well hidden on the ground floor.

Trajan Column was an uneventful affair disturbed by a weird pairing with some old fashion 1960’ pop stars videos displayed on adjacent screens. Why, oh why?

The worst was in the basement at their Treasury: poorly lit, small unreadable signs, two borred gentlemen, not having a clue why they were there, ignoring everybody.

Weird decorations making the whole place look like a dodgy Russian games and entertainment parlour.

Dissapointing, poor and oldfashioned.
Written April 10, 2023
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Athena53
Kansas City, MO1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I spent 2 hours in this museum and barely gave the Trajan’s Column the attention it deserves.

First, don’t miss the toy museum to the right as you enter. They also have an extensive collection of ephemera- advertising cards, candy bar labels, etc.

The main part of the museum includes objects from Romania’s history, first with items and documents from Alexander Cuza, has a section on battles and weapons, and then proceeds to lower floors with a lapidarium of grave stones, architectural remnants and other inscriptions (explained in Romanian and English). The floor below that had a replica the lower portion of Emperor Trajan’s column plus an entire floor filled with replicas of panels on the column (with explanations) showing various scenes from the Roman settlement of the area.

Finally, there’s an extensive collection of jewelry- as early as 14th century BC, going through the centuries to some major pieces from the era of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie- including Queen Marie’s crown and a couple of rings each with a with 20+ carat diamond.

I highly recommend this museum!
Written October 15, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The National History Museum of Romania is housed in the former Post Office building. One of the highlights is a copy of Trajan's Column. They also have a Treasury, which features many golden objects from the past. This is the strongest section of the museum. There is less on the more recent history of the country, but they did have a
special exhibit on Romania during World War II. See the photos I attached to this review.
Written November 13, 2022
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Kasper H
Ringkobing, Denmark34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The national museum of Romania is.. well, it's very old-fashioned. One might argue that you at least get to see something exciting but you don't. The national museum is in dire need of modernization. Much of the exhibit is poorly explained and non of it is interactive in any way.

That said, the staff is friendly and the prices are extremely cheap. Conclusively if you want a quick reprieve from the heat and look at some Romanian history meanwhile then you can do this.

NOTE: they only take cash (there's an ATM across the street).
Written August 9, 2020
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LilyBanter
North Queensferry, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Fantastic museum. Full of gold, crown jewels, Dacian, Thracian, Roman, Celt and Hun artefacts. As the helpful guide at the door told us: apart from Trajans column, everything is original. Really informative with signs in English. Also a toy exhibition that was fascinating
Written April 28, 2023
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Andrei S
Bucharest, Romania232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The exhibitions are interesting and informative, especially the replica of Traian’s column. But almost everything is in Romanian language only. One can look at the pieces displayed, but if you don’t know Romanian, that’s all that you can get from the visit. And that’s too bad, for a Downtown museum in an European Union country capital.

Also, you can only pay cash...
Written August 11, 2021
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