When it comes to sightseeing, museums are usually at the top of everyone’s list. One of the great things about Bucharest is that it has no shortage of museums that suit all interests, and explore the city’s history and culture. While the city boasts many, here are four of the best and most popular museums in Bucharest that you shouldn’t miss on your next visit. With a bit of variety, these museums are quite different from each other and offer visitors something unique. Stop in and see for yourself what makes these museums the cream of the crop!
Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History
If you want to explore the natural world and learn more about biodiversity, head on over to the Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History. It is one of the top attractions and one of the highest-ranked museums in Bucharest. With interactive exhibits, fossils, skeletons, and so much more, this museum is a marvel to explore. First established in 1834, this museum helps both residents and tourists discover and understand the way the natural world around us works. The Natural History Museum has permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions that feature all kinds of life from the animal kingdom. This is a must-see museum that will please the whole family!
National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC)
MNAC is an art-lover’s dream come true! It lies within a glass wing of the Parliament building, which is one of the largest and heaviest administrative buildings in the world. This building is a reminder of Romania’s Communist era and is worth the visit to see in itself. MNAC features many Romanian artists, but also artists from all over Eastern Europe. This is easily one of the best museums in Romania due to its wide array of pieces and changing temporary exhibitions. You don’t need to be an art aficionado to appreciate this amazing gallery!
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
It’s hard to define the National Village Museum as a museum in the traditional sense. This museum in Bucharest sits in the Herastrau Park and spans more than 100,000 square meters. In this space you can get a sense of life in a traditional Romanian village by visiting the various peasant farms on site, as well as more than 360 different monuments. This museum documents what life was like in the past by showing photographs, sketches, films, manuscripts, and various other objects. Along with the other 500,000 annual visitors, you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to old-world Romania.
National Museum of Romanian History
The National Museum of Romanian History is the one of the best museums in Bucharest to visit to really immerse yourself in Romanian culture. It is housed in what was once the Postal Services Palace, a beautiful and historic work of architecture itself. While there are several interesting and noteworthy things to see inside, some highlights include the Romanian crown jewels and the replica of Trajan’s Column. Go straight to the source to learn about and explore Romanian history in Bucharest!
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