Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Bucharest
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Key Info

Sos. Kiseleff nr. 28-30

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

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Walk up and down the Calea Victoriei, or "Victory Avenue," and you could very well fill up an entire memory card of photos. That's because this boulevard is Bucharest's most fashionable and historic thoroughfare. You'll pass the Old Princely Court (a historic city center with an ancient bust of Vlad Tepes); the Cantacuzino Palace (the sumptuous home of Bucharest's wealthy former Prime Minister Grigore Cantacuzino); Revolution Square (the dramatic setting of Ceausescu's final moments in power) and the National Art Museum among others. Along the way, you should stop and photograph the Military Club, a building that one Virtual Tourist says, "you can't fail to notice." Conclude your stroll at one of the area's traditional Romanian restaurants, bars or clubs.

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