Sure, you’ve heard of the Village Museum and the People’s Pallace. Who hasn’t?! But Bucharest has a large list of museums, and since winter is the perfect time to visit one, we have listed 5 unique, perhaps lesser known ones, that you should visit on your stay.
- National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC)
Address: Palace of the Parliament wing E4, Izvor St. 2-4, Bucharest 050563
Access through Calea 13 Septembrie (buses 136, 385)
Program: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Created by the Romanian government in 2001. MNAC opened its doors in the wing E4 of the Palace of the Parliament in 2004, becoming one of the most important contemporary art museums in Eastern Europe. Make sure you visit the outside terrace on the 4th floor for breathtaking views of Bucharest.
- Cantacuzino Palace – “George Enescu” National Museum
Program: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Address: Calea Victoriei 141, sector 1, Bucharest
The National Museum “George Enescu” was opened in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, a historical monument and one of the European Heritage Label buildings. The palace is also host of the Nicodim Contemparary Art Gallery (on the 1st floor). With a 10 year experience in the American market, the Nicodim Gallery established itself as a fierce promoter of young Romanian artists, most them already being shown in the greatest museums of the world (MoMA New York, MOCA Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Art Institute of Chicago etc)
- The National Museum of Art
Program (winter): Saturday-Wednesday, 10 am –7 pm
Address: Calea Victoriei 111, sector 1, Bucharest
Passing by Calea Victoriei (street) you will always notice one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, the formal royal palace. It possesses one of the biggest art collections of Romanian artists.
- Theodor Pallady Museum (Melik House)
Program (winter): Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Address: Str. Spătarului, nr. 22, sector 1, Bucharest
The Theodor Pallady Museum is housed in the oldest surviving private lodging in Bucharest. Valuable works and sketches of painter Pallady and other European sculptures and paintings can be admired in this beautiful scenario of decorated ceilings and wonderful rose garden (best in spring to visit). It is located in the Armeneasca quarter, one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Bucharest.
- Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History
Address: Sos. Kiseleff 1, Bucharest, sector 1
Program (winter): Tuesday- Friday: 10 am – 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
Saturday- Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm)
“Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History (established in 1834) is one of the oldest research institutions in the field of biodiversity and public education. They also have a great mammoth skeleton in the lobby. All in all, a great place to go if you’re travelling with kids. They’ll love it.
Featured image source: © Andreea Sasaran