Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei

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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
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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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  • Izvor (Spring) • 8 min walk
  • Universitate (University) • 8 min walk
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Olivia
2 contributions
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, Denmark680 contributions
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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RangeR
Canada683 contributions
Oct 2019
Wandering into this museum while passing by and was surprised by how much smaller the exhibition areas were than I expected. The building is surely intimidating from the outside, but it doesn't take too long to go over the entire museum. There are different types of displays, all divided into neat sections. It's all very interesting, though it was bit disappointed that there was no English text for all of it. Still a pretty good experience. The museum also has storage lockers available for your disposal!
Written May 9, 2020
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Milly
Manchester, UK8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
We probably would’ve enjoyed the history in this museum if our visit hadn’t had such a rocky start. We smiled and greeted the woman at the ticket office and asked for an adult and student ticket. The awful woman at the shop scowled at us and yelled “STUDENT CARD”. My friend produced her card and it was immediately rejected even though it’s a valid student card and everywhere else we’ve visited in Romania has accepted it. But we thought never mind, and asked for 2 adult tickets. The woman said nothing and simply held out her hand for the money. I’ve never seen anything so rude. I asked to pay with a card, though I was happy to pay with cash if necessary. She slammed the card machine down in front of us and I couldn’t see the screen. She was accusing us of trying not to pay when my card took a while to register. I’ve never been treated this way, we are simply two young women trying to have a culture-rich holiday. We’re not trying to rob the national museum. My friend payed instead and we tried to leave and she shouted at us for not taking the receipt. It was absolutely awful and left us shaken as we had approached the interaction with kindness and friendliness. I don’t think the museum was really worth 20 lei. The toy exhibit looks like an old junk shop. The historic section is very interesting but as mentioned in other reviews there is only limited information in English, and no other European languages are available anywhere. I also noticed that the museum is staffed not by assistants but by security guards only. I work in a museum in the UK and this is an absolute no-no. The atmosphere was very unpleasant (think of going through airport security in the middle of the night surrounded by suspicious and grumpy guards). Probably wouldn’t recommend this for tourists as you can probably get a good idea of Romanian cultural history elsewhere without having to tolerate abuse from badly-trained and insolent staff.
Written February 19, 2022
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,841 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
I found the more current displays showing the fall of Nicolas Ceausescu some of the more interesting artifacts in this museum. There was also a room with jewels and armor as well as certain columns. The columns were ok. You can spend a few hours walking around and there were enough collections that you could likely find something of interest. Good visit for a rainy day.
Written May 18, 2020
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Kasper H
Ringkobing, Denmark26 contributions
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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Andrei S
Bucharest, Romania215 contributions
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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KevChesters
London, UK200 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Absolutely brilliant museum.
A real Bucharest highlight.
The Romanian Revolution exhibition is probably one of the best curated & displayed expos I have ever seen.
The rest of the place is very impressive too.
Loved it.
The Trajan bit was also excellent.
Written February 16, 2020
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Richard48220
Detroit, MI237 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
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 some Romanian and am very good at Latin so could follow it).

The upper floors were all closed.

The basement was open: which featured most of the pieces of a victory column of the Roman Emperor Trajan (Romania used to be a Roman Colony - Dacia) well arranged -- but in dim light so not great for photography. It has pieces from altars & statuary of the Roman Gods to Orthodox church corner-stones & memorials (many in the early Cyrillic alphabet instead of the Latin alphabet Romania and the Church use today), including monuments of Vlad Tepes.

There was also a gold treasury (through triple bank-vault doors), featuring gold jewelry, coins, and decorative objects & serving ware & Orthodox liturgical vessels from about 2,500 BCE to coronoation jewelry and state crowns of the Romanian Kings & Queens of WWI & WWII.

Even in this limited state, it was well worth the the 25 lei (with the exchange rate I got, about USA$7) admission.
Written October 14, 2015
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We are very sorry that most of the museum is closed, but we hope to see you again in the new museum!
Written July 4, 2016
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MissPriss234
Marshfield, WI379 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
In the basement of the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM, in the Vault is displayed the most wonderful collection of pre-Roman gold! These artifacts are very well displayed, lighted and are in great shape: mint condition. Breathtaking. Profound wisdom of public ownership. Not just gold, but art of gold. Extra satisfyingly large quantity having a quality of its own. Modern jewels of royalty, too.
Excellent replica of Trajan"s Column documenting Dacian campaign in detail. The Romans came for the gold.
In the old Post Office across the street from the Bank.

In the old Post Office
Written June 3, 2012
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