The streets of Bucharest are full of charming museums, the most impressive ones adorn Victoria Avenue and you can find them in most tourist maps, we encourage you to visit them to find out more about the history and culture of this region, home to the oldest civilization in Europe.
But Bucharest also has other gems housed in stunning residences built by Romanian aristocracyand they tell an amazing story about the city. Situated in the central part of the city, these 3 charming museums invite you to go back across the ages to explore the time of the city and the way of life of its people, including a view towards the stars at the Astrological Observatory open to the public since 1910.
Here are some tips from local experts to discovering the most charming museums in Bucharest:
1. Bucharest Municipal Museum – Sutu Palace
This charming museum in University Square is the ideal place to discover the rich history of the city in Sutu Palace, one of the oldest aristocratic residences in Bucharest. Sutu Palace was built between 1833 and 1835 and it is one of the very few buildings that have remained unchanged for over 150 years, this was the place housing the most famous balls of the 19th century so you can imagine the fabulous history within these walls.
The permanent exhibition, called “Time of the City”, aims to help visitors delve into a story driven journey through the city’s history. Starting with a unique piece contained within the Palace – the backwards running clock, fabricated by the Collin House of Paris, a clock that requires people to view its mirrored reflection in order to be able to properly tell time – the “Time of the City” exhibition is a journey that begins in the present and heads back in time, towards the past.
Address: No. 2, I.C. Bratianu Boulevard – University Square
Visiting hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
2. Museum of Ages – Filipescu-Cesianu House
Near Victoriei Square, at the crossing between Victoria Avenue and Sevastopol Street you can find the Filipescu-Cesianu residence from 1892, an example of reconditioning of an older residence, from the period of 1846-1850. This is one of the few aristocratic residences of inter-bellum Bucharest which remain faithful to its original design and it was recently open to the public as the Museum of Ages.
Filipescu-Cesianu House is the host of a modern museum whose exhibition presents 300 years of history, focusing on family, childhood and private life. The new base exhibition features items of day-to-day life from different historical periods, starting with the 18th century. The exhibition portrays the evolution on urban interior décor in Bucharest, for the 18th and 19th centuries – ground floor, and 20th century – first floor.
The garden is perfect for a quick stop to plan your next adventure in Bucharest while enjoying the vibe of the city’s most elegant avenue, both them and now.
Address: no. 151 Victoria Avenue
Visiting hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 (last entrance at 17:30)
3. The Astronomic Observatory – Vasile Urseanu House
Admiral Vasile Urseanu is the first Astronomic Observatory in Romania open to the public since 1910, in a private residence. The mansion was built to look like a ship anchored in the center of Bucharest, to reflect both the admiral’s love for the sea and his passion for astronomy. In 1933, the admiral’s widow donated the building to the municipality of Bucharest, with the condition the building keeps its role of astronomic observatory for the public, a request stated in the admiral’s will.
The Observatory is a unique place in Bucharest, if the sky is clear, don’t miss the opportunity to visit! They offer day observations of the sun and night sky observations that make you feel humble when facing the Universe. Include it in your walking tour and you will have a unique memory from your trip to Bucharest.
Address: no. 21, Lascar Catargiu Boulevard (between Romana and Victoriei Squares)
Night observations: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 19:00 to 21:30; last visitor enters at 21:15.
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New in town? Start you city tour at Bucharest Visitor Centre on 68-70 Victoria Avenue, nearby Revolution Square, where we have free maps and the best Bucharest city tips!
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