No matter if you are living in Bucharest or simply visiting this beautiful city, you mustn’t miss out on some of its most beautiful museums. Besides the history lesson that comes with each visit, a trip at a museum will help you discover a true oasis of tranquility and beauty, in a city that vibrates of life, modernity and color.
The Museum Theodor Pallady( House Melik)
House Melik is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Bucharest, which kept its original architecture. Nowadays, House Melik hosts the Museum Theodor Pallady. In this museum there are works of art of the great painter Theodor Pallady, like “Red Tulips”, “Place Dauphin”, portraits of the actresses Marioara Voiculescu and Maria Ventura, European and Eastern art and uniquely crafted furniture. The collection exhibited here includes over 1,200 items of both famous Romanian and foreign artists.
House Melik is located on Spatarului Street, at number 22, near the Armenian Church, in the old Armenian town. The museum can be visited from May to September between 11:00 and 19:00, and from October to April from 10:00 to 18:00. The price of a ticket is 5 Lei.
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
The Village Museum in Bucharest is one of the first outdoor museums in the world and it represents one of the most important tourist attractions in Bucharest. The Museum is located in Park Herastrau, in an area with greenery and lakes, and it has over 70 households, with traditional utensils. The exhibited objects are gathered from all around the country. At the Dimitrie Gustin National Village Museum, visitors can see the traditions and customs that for centuries defined the Romanian people, its way of life and the houses where they lived.
The Village Museum hosts many fairs, meant to attract visitors with their authentic products. The museum is located on Kiseleff Highway, at number 28, and it can be visited daily from Monday to Sunday between 9:00 and 19:00. The price of a ticket is 6 Lei for adults and 1.5 Lei for children and students.
The northern side of the Capital hosts two of the most beautiful architectural attractions in Bucharest. The Minovici Museums, also known by the name “The House with Bells” and “The Museum of Old Western Art”, are unique in Bucharest’s urban landscapes. The Museum of Popular Art Nicolae Minovici is known as “Minovici Villa” or as “The House with Bells”. The name “House with Bells” was given by the 40 colorful glass bells from its tower, which ring at every gentle breath of wind. The house looks like a fortified mansion from the XVIII century Oltenia. This Museum hosts over 4,000 of cultural and art items. Here there is an impressive collection of traditional costumes, wooden objects from the XVII and XVIII centuries, ceramics, religious paintings, painted eggs, rugs, furniture, musical instruments and domestic utensils.
The Minovici Museums are located on Dr. Nicolae Minovici Street, at numbers 1 and 3, in the Baneasa neighborhood, near the Miorita Fountain. Currently, the Museum of Popular Art Nicolae Minovici can’t be visited, because it is being restored. On the other hand, the Museum of Old Western Art Dumitru Minovici can be visited from Thursday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 17:00.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The museum of the Romanian Peasant holds a rich collection of villatic objects, over 90,000 items. The collection of ceramics includes about 18,000 pieces, a wide range of objects made in potteries shops from Hunedoara and Valcea. Also here, you will see objects from Horezu, Oboga, Pisc, Vama, Curtea de Arges, Lapus, Leheceni, Corund, Radauti and Fagaras. The oldest ceramics is from the year 1746. The popular clothing collection has over 20,000 pieces from all Romanian provinces, starting with the first half of the XIX century.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is located on the Kiseleff Highway, at number 3, near Victoriei Square. It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 and 18:00.
The Museum Cotroceni Palace
Cotroceni Palace represents one of the most valuable architectural monuments in Bucharest. The Palace was built between 1893 and 1895 following the plans of the French architect Paul Gottreau, in the old Venetian style. The Museum Cotroceni Palace reflects the history of the medieval and modern building Cotroceni, the transformations that took place throughout time. It still keeps unchanged the Hall of Honor, a decorative composition that reminds us of the Opera in Paris. The Germany Dining Room is decorated in the German Neo-Renaissance Style and it was designed by the architect Gottreau.
The Museum Cotroceni Palace is located on the Geniului Boulevard, at number 1. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, between 09:30 and 17:30, with a prior appointment. Each visit is made in groups of maximum 15 persons and a ticket costs 12 Lei.