Museum of the Romanian Peasant0
At Bucharest's most unique museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, artifacts are not behind glass or a velvet rope. Rather, visitors can interact and closely examine objects used by Romanians for centuries. Going from room to room, you may feel like you are jumping from house to house, century to century. Still, one TripAdvisor user writes, "I believe that foreign tourists won't be able to fully get the spirit/meaning of lots of the objects/rooms, simply because there's no translation." But you will get better insight into the poverty that existed in Romania for centuries: the modesty of the objects starkly contrasts with the rich decoration seen in the Parliament Palace or the more photographed neoclassical edifices in the city.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week except Monday. Admission costs about 6 RON (or about $2 USD). Its website posts special exhibitions and speakers. Be aware that this attraction is located north of downtown.
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#0 Bran Castle
Although this remarkable fortress has weathered centuries of war, poverty and multiple political empires, Bran Castle is most famous for being the assumed residence of Dracula. Vlad Tepes, the real-life inspiration for the fictional vampire, attacked the fortress several times and even conquered it once in 1459. This castle, which sits on the border of the Transylvania and Wallachia regions, has endured legal battles and state-seizures. It has changed hands between the Romanian royals and the government several times in the past hundred years.
Hopefully, the ownership issue was permanently resolved in 2009, when the royal family transformed the castle into a public museum. Now, you can tour the five floors of this ancient structure and its grounds. However, don't say yes right away. A TripAdvisor user criticizes, "This castle is just a line of tourists goin' in one door and out the other with little of interest." Less of a tourist trap is a village museum, also located on the premises. Near the castle gates, you'll also be able to load up on vampire gear and traditional Transylvanian snacks from local vendors.
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