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Bucharest History & Art Museum  Sutu Palace
(
Muzeul de Istorie si Arta al Municipiului Bucuresti)
Address: 2, Bulevardul Bratianu, tel.: 00 40 21 313.85.15
Area downtown University Square
Admission free

More than 150,000 objects, documents and photographs, drawings, engravings are exhibited that describe the history of Bucharest from the oldest times (Neolithic) until the present days.
Built during the period of 1833-1834, in the neo-Gothic style, with elements of Romanic style, the Palace belonged to the great minister of foreign affairs Costache Grigore Sutu. The Palace was built according to the plans of two Viennese architects, Johan Veit and Conrad Schwinck.

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The interior was decorated by the sculptor Karl Storck, who used elements of the neoclassic style. Above the monumental ladder on the inside there is a cupola with ornaments in the Pompeian style.
It was one of the most frequented palaces of the Bucharest of the 19th century.

 

Bucharest National History Museum
(Muzeul National de Istorie al Romaniei)
Address: 12, Calea Victoriei Tel: (21) 315.82.07
Area downtown Victotoriei Ave Old City Center
Open: Tue. – Sun. 10:00am – 6:00pm; Closed Mon. (May – September); Tue. – Sun. 9:00am – 5:00pm; Closed Mon. (October – April)
Admission charge

The museum was established in the Post Palace, one of the most remarkable monuments of architecture in the capital, built in the neoclassical style by the architect Alexandru Săvulescu during the 19th century and restored between 1969 and 1970. The museum collections have 690,099 artefacts, including archaeological finds - 79,280, history items - 191,114, coins - 338.711, rare books - 755, and 80,239 stamps.


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The museum collections constantly grow due to donations, acquisitions and new archaeological finds. The collection of metal and precious or semiprecious stones from the modern age of the history of Romania often reflects new preferences and tastes, prevailing trends of western decorative styles and manners.
The highlight is the National Treasury Hall where visitors can enjoy a dazzling display of some 3,000 gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts.

Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the 1867 World’s Fair in Paris, it was considered the most valuable treasure collection in the world (the tomb of Tutankamon had not yet been discovered). One year later, the collection was displayed at the Second Annual International Exhibition in London and in 1872, at the International Exhibition in Vienna.

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