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“Interesting museum emphasizing Roman connection to Romania”

Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Worth a visit and if you show a passport or drivers license that says you are 65 or older in only costs about $1.50 to visit. Treasury is fabulous with jewelry and crowns some dating back to 4/5 centuries B.C. Interesting exhibit on Trajan Tower (from Rome) and real pieces of statuary and the lord key from Toman empire days in parts of Romania.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Some museums give visitors information and tell about country`s history. This museum does not succeed in this: big chunk of the museum concentrates on Trajan`s column from the Roman times. The museum displays the column and its sections and pictures but does not tell anything about the Roman times of Romania and how it connects to the wider history of Rome and world. When did Romans come to Romania? Why was that? When did they leave and why? Nothing about country`s history. There are statues and other stuff from Romania`s Roman cities like Constantia, but again, they do not tell what kind of place was this Constantia and what was its history.

On the lowest floor there are more stuff on display - unfortunately the same thing here: no story about Romania`s history, just jewels and other stuff. If you are interested in glitter and royal clothes, you might like this museum but to a person who would like to get know Romania`s history this museum gives almost nothing.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Interesting information to discover. If you call for a reservation a day before you can have a guide to lead you by all the events. Me and my family went alone and discovered by ourselves the museum: interesting facts about World War I, followed by attractive paintings, part of Trajan’s Column (a copy) very well presented, jewelry, including Romanian royal family’s jewelry, with nice stories about every piece. Children over 8 are happy to visit if they are interested in history and if they have someone to explain. Good to visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

The National History museum had some very interesting exhibits of jewelry and certain religious icons but much of the museum was photographs with explanations. Normally when you visit a museum you expect artifacts and items of historical significance enhanced with photographs, not just banners of photographs without artifacts. The location of the museum and the building is perfect, the price is very inexpensive but the displays were a bit of a disappointment. Romania has a lot more interesting history than was displayed at the National History Museum of Romania

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

I visited and upon arrival was met by a gentleman who was rude because I forgot to close the door (basic manners would have been appreciated), despite there being several people behind me. I then went to buy some tickets where the lady was also rude because I wanted to pay with a 50 leu note.

The museum is dominated by uninspiring rocks and the information about them was often not in English. This made it even harder to engage with the material.

Go to the National Parks or check out the War museum.

Date of experience: December 2017
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