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Best Bucharest Museums

1. The Village Museum 2. The Romanian Peasant Museum 3. “George Enescu” National Museum (Cantacuzino Palace) 4. The Museum of Jewish History from Romania 5. The National History Museum 6. National Museum of Contemporary Art 7. National Military Museum 8. National Art Museum 9. Cotroceni National Museum

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Windmill, the Village Museum, Bucharest1. The Village Museum (1936)
The museum was set up in 1936, at the same time with the Herastrau Park, and was inaugurated on May 10th, the National Day, in the presence of King Carol II. It was at the time one of the first ethnographic museums in the world. Peasant artifacts (household, technical installations and even churches) and interior objects (pottery, fabrics, furniture, tools) representative of their places of origin were acquired… READ MORE…

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The Romanian Peasant Museum Bucharest2. The Romanian Peasant Museum (1912)
The Romanian Peasant Museum is one of Europe’s foremost museums of art and popular traditions, distinguished by the rich collections as well as the original concept and the outstanding quality of the museological display. Housed in a historical building, masterpiece of the Neo-Romanian architectural style, the museum is at the same time an architectural landmark. READ MORE…

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Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest (2)3. Cantacuzino Palace (1906) – “George Enescu” National Museum
The sumptuous Cantacuzino Palace is not only an architectural monument of outstanding value, considered one of the most beautiful houses in Bucharest, but a major cultural landmark as well, sheltering the Memorial House and a museum dedicated to the great Romanian composer George Enescu, personality of the national and universal classical music of the 20th century. READ MORE…

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Jewish History Museum, Bucharest4.  The Museum of Jewish History from Romania
The Museum of Jewish history from Romania is housed in a former worship place, “The Holy Union” (“Unirea Sfanta”) Temple, previously the Taylors’ Great Synagogue, built a century and a half ago and rebuilt in the first decade of the 20th century. Set up as a museum of Jewish communities in Romania in 1978,  in the “dark period” of the communist totalitarian regime, … READ MORE…

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5. The National History Museum
Located in the monumental Neo-Classical style building of the former Postal Palace completed in 1899, The National History Museum is a representative cultural institution of Bucharest and Romania. In the central hall one can see a replica of the base of the 2nd century A.D. Trajan’s Column, whose original is in Rome, and copies of dismantled panels of the Column depicting the Wars between Dacians and Romans. READ MORE…

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National Museum of Contemporary Art, central Bucharest6. National Museum of Contemporary Art
Bucharest’s newest museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art was inaugurated in October 2004 in the rear wing of the former House of the People, which houses today the Romanian Parliament, following an innovative and audacious conversion and remodeling of the space.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art shows temporary exhibitions by international artists as well as works of highly appreciated Romanian contemporary artists. Not to be missed is the pleasant and unconventional roof terrace cafeteria which can be accessed with a glass elevator. The roof terrace offers a great view to the future Cathedral of National Redemption, currently under construction right next to the Parliament Palace. READ MORE»

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Romanian National Military Museum, Bucharest7. National Military Museum
While the main collections of the National History Museum are not yet available due to lengthy restoration works of the building, the Military Museum “King Ferdinand” makes for an excellent alternative. Established in 1923 by the Romanian King Ferdinand I, this notable museum celebrates in 2013 90 years since its foundation. The main exhibition of the museum is a thorough run through Romanian history. READ MORE»

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National Art Museum Bucharest8. National Art Museum

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Cotroceni Palace main entry gates, Bucharest9. Cotroceni National Museum
The Cotroceni Palace served as residence of representation and protocol at the highest level for Carol I, the first King of Romania. This is where the King received numerous official guests and personalities, among them the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph. At King Carol’s request, Cotroceni Palace was further renovated for the inheritors of the Romanian throne, Ferdinand and Marie… READ MORE»

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