National Art Museum

National Art Museum information

Bucharest , Romania
Calea Victoriei 49-53
+40 21 313 3030
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admission 15 lei
Opening hours
11am-7pm Wed-Sun
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Housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, this massive, multipart museum – all signed in English – has three collections, including one on ancient and medieval Romanian art, modern Romanian painting and European art. The ancient collection is strong on icons and religious art, while the Romanian painting section has an excellent survey of 19th-century masters.

Save time for the Gallery of European Art, a 12,000-piece collection laid out by nationality. The Royal Palace itself is a treat. Built from 1812 to 1815 by Prince Dinicu Golescu, the palace became the official royal residence in 1834 during the reign of Prince Alexandru Ghica (r 1834–42). The current facade dates from the 1930s. Until 1989 it was the seat of the State Council and was called the Palace of the Republic.