Escape to the Country in Bucharest: Village Museum
If you are visiting Bucharest and want to learn about traditional culture in Romania, I recommend going to “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum. The museum has a great collection of buildings, lovingly restored and rebuilt on site from all over Romania, with a time span of nearly 300 years.
The museum is easily reachable from the city centre, as we hopped on the metro until Aviatorilor station. From there it was about 15-20 mins walk through the park or on the main road to reach one of the museum entrances.
The place is very big, so half a day would only be enough to go through some parts of the museum. If you want to see everything, you probably need to dedicate a whole day to it. Once it gets warmer , the museum puts a whole host of activities for children and adults. You would be able to experience traditional Romanian culture through performances , arts and crafts.
I have visited museum with my daughter and we loved our day out. The sun was shining, it was warm and we were able to combine a lovely day outside with learning about Romanian culture and traditions. Some of the houses were closed, but we were still able to peek through the windows or look at the displays.
The displays are very detailed. it is possible to see what rooms look like inside and there is also plenty of explanations on who would have lived in such a house and what they would do for a living. All displays are in English, which made exploring a breeze.
The rooms that we managed to see, made us think that people in the past did not have even half of the things that we have now. And they still managed to get by.
Old interiors and traditional way of life were certainly a great reminder of enjoying simpler things in life. I was also fascinated by village churches, which were decorated and painted by local craftsmen and unknown artists. Even though there were no grandeur or gold leaf decorations, which so often makes us go “wow” in well-known places of worship, there was still a lot to appreciate and admire.
The museum collection includes houses, windmills, churches, tools, and farming equipment. There is a lot to see, but if you need a break there is a restaurant inside one of the original houses, a small playground and a terrace. Alternatively, you can bring your own picnic, as there are plenty of benches and seating places.
There is also a great shop where you can buy traditional Romanian souvenirs or materials about the museum. I bought a guidebook about the museum to remind me of all the houses that I have seen.
The visit to the museum feels like a mini trip to Romanian countryside, however you do not need to to travel far. We absolutely loved our visit, as the place was tranquil and we could not believe we were in the middle of busy Bucharest.
If you have time and the weather is nice, do try and visit “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, as it offers a great opportunity to step back in time and learn more about Romania’s past.
Disclaimer: Our visit was hosted by the museum, but all opinions are my own.