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A museum dedicated to Romanian kitsch has opened in Bucharest

Tourists on the hunt for something a little bit different in Bucharest will no doubt be intrigued by the Romanian Kitsch Museum, a new opening that is dedicated solely to showcasing some of the country’s most garish, creative, ridiculous and somewhat distasteful objects in all their glory.

A life-sized statue of Count Dracula at the Romanian Kitsch Museum.
A life-sized statue of Count Dracula at the Romanian Kitsch Museum. Image by Romanian Kitsch Museum

Set up by Christian Lica, the museum is divided into eight different categories of kitsch, including one dedicated solely to Count Dracula and the inconsistent portrayals of the character throughout the years. It highlights the fact that while the famous novel is associated with Romania, at the time of writing, Transylvania was not part of the country and due to this fact, Romanians were unfamiliar with the character until more recent years, when tourism took off and many people began cashing in on Dracula’s image.

The Romanian Kitsch Museum in Bucharest
The museum has 200 pieces broken up into eight different categories. Image by Romanian Kitsch Museum

The other categories have proven to be somewhat controversial, with exhibitions on religious kitsch and communist kitsch, while there is also sections dedicated to interior design from the late twentieth century and modern kitsch. Some of the 200 items on show include plastic silver crosses, a collection of painted clown statues and a life-sized Dracula.

Romanian Kitsch Museum
The museum aims to showcase the history of the country through the colourful collection of objects. Image by Romanian Kitsch Museum

“I like kitsch. It was one of my passions for 20 years. Being a world traveller and visiting 100 countries and 500 museums, I wanted to open a boutique museum in my hometown. So I increased my collection and hired a place downtown. Fortunately, there is a lot of Romanian kitsch around me, and for the foreign tourists it’s not just an amusing place but a trip into Romania’s culture and history also,” Christian told Lonely Planet Travel News.

A clown statue at the Romanian Kitsch Museum
The museum includes a workshop where visitors can create their own kitsch. Image by Romanian Kitsch Museum

The museum even has an area allowing guests to create bespoke kitsch in a workshop, while those wishing to display something from their own kitschy collection from home at the museum are encouraged to send photographs. A kitsch art gallery in the upstairs section of the building is also due to open soon.

More information about visiting the Kitsch Museum is available on the official website.