Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)
- Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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An outdoor museum? Many struggle to conceive of the idea, but the Village Museum defies any preconceived notions. In this exhibition of folk architecture and life, you'll think you have been magically transported to the Romanian countryside, complete with cottages, windmills and wildlife. One TripAdvisor user confirms, "The buildings are laid out nicely to give a feel for rural Romania." Located in Herastrau Park (Parcul Herastrau), a pleasure in its own right, the sprawling museum contains more than 300 structures imported from all over the Romanian countryside. Several homes, chapels and barns date back hundreds of years. Also, museum workers dress as traditional peasants and take care of their respective buildings. The portrayal of rural life stuns many visitors. At times, you may even feel more like an anthropologist than a tourist.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, while the exhibition hall closes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission costs about 6 RON (or about $ 2 USD), but exploring Herastrau Park is free. Go to the museum's website for more information.