The Top Museums to Visit in Bucharest

Sculpture Exhibition at the National Museum of Romanian Art
Sculpture Exhibition at the National Museum of Romanian Art | © Ted Drake / Flickr
Georgeta Gheorghe

Bucharest has over 60 museums and memorial houses spread all over the city, which is one of Europe’s biggest capitals. Whether it’s Romanian art, the country’s rich folklore, or a piece of the country’s exciting history you’re after, the capital has a museum for it, with something to offer each of its ever-growing number of visitors.

1. National Museum of Art of Romania (MNaR)

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National Museum of Romanian Art
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Located in the former Royal Palace in central Bucharest, the MNaR features an extensive collection of medieval and modern Romanian art, alongside an eclectic display of international art collected by the Romanian royal family. Sculptures by Constantin Brancusi, one of the pioneers of modernism, is the highlight of the Romanian modern exhibition.

2. The Art Collections Museum

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Art Collections Museum
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Although smaller, this museum is a gem, featuring an eclectic collection of paintings and objects carefully curated by 44 of the most prominent aristocratic families of Romania, who later donated the artifacts to the museum. The core of the collection of paintings includes works by 19th- and 20th-century Romanian masters Alexandru Ciucurencu, Francisc Şirato, Nicolae Grigorescu, Theodor Aman, Nicolae Tonitza, and more. The museum’s remarkable collection of brightly colored Transylvanian wood and glass painted icons will add an original touch to the visit, as will the exotic display of Japanese stamps.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

The Museum of the Romanian Peasant hosts the country’s most valuable collection of peasant costumes, ceramics, rugs and carpets, and other household objects gathered over generations from all regions of the country. Out of the 90,000 items on display, 20,000 are garments and accessories that reflect the richness and originality of peasant craft. Every year, on February 24th, when Romanians celebrate Dragobete, the local equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day, the museum’s yard hosts a dedicated fair.

Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 3, Bucharest, Romania, +40 21 317 9661

Men’s traditional costumes at The Museum of Romanian Peasant Museum

3. Museum of Romanian History

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Dacian bracelets at MNIR
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The Museum of Romanian History has on display one of the most impressive display of artifacts, war objects, and jewelry made of solid gold in Europe. The beautifully adorned 13 Dacian gold bracelets dating from the 1st century BC, weighing around one kilogram each, represent some of the most valuable of the treasures in the Romanian patrimony. With their dual ornamental and votive function, the jewelry worn by Dacians, the forefathers of the Romanians, offer a glimpse into one of the most mysterious civilizations in the region.

4. Frederic and Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck Art Museum

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Oil painting in Casa Storck
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Located in the center of Bucharest, on a quiet street where gentle, early 19th-century architecture still breathes old charm and character, Casa Storck is an art museum with a very personal touch. The visit begins the moment you start gazing at this old edifice, which was erected based on a design by Frederic Storck himself. Once inside, you step into an intimate space that combines the artistic works of several generations of artists with a significant contribution to the cultural heritage of the city. Apart from a carefully curated collection of paintings, illustrations, and sculptures, this eclectic museum welcomes the visitor with large murals depicting feminine silhouettes and floral motifs that cover the entire walls and ceiling.

5. George Enescu National Museum

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Housed in Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most iconic Art Nouveau-style buildings in Bucharest, the museum is dedicated to the life and work of George Enescu. Known as a musical genius who began playing the violin at the age of four, Enescu is considered the greatest Romanian music composer. His most famous works include the Romanian Rhapsodiesand Oedipe, an opera in four acts. Every autumn, a major classical music festival bearing his name celebrates his legacy by bringing some of the most famous conductors and orchestras in the world to Bucharest.

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