The Art Collections Museum
Calea Victoriei nr. 111
Hours and admission
Museum opening hours
Summer hours (May - September)
Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 to 19.00.
Winter hours (October – April)
Saturday to Wednesday, 10.00 to 18.00
Ticket office and shop close 1 hour prior to Museum closing time.
Closed on Thursday, Friday, 1, 2, 24 January, Easter and Easter Monday, Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, May Day, 15 August, 1, 25 and 26 December.
Open Mondays and Tuesdays. Exceptionally, the Art Collections Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, 23-24 January 2017.
New! Evening openings
The Art Collections Museum is open every last Saturday of the month until 22.00.
Last admission 21.00.
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Inaugurated in 1978 as a Department of the National Museum of Art of Romania, the Art Collections Museum showcases artistic interests that prevailed in Romanian society from the early 20th century onward. Over 30 collections on permanent display incorporate a variety of art pieces and collectibles, ranging from Romanian and European fine and decorative arts to Oriental art. Donated over nearly a century by both collectors and artists, they bear witness to their owners’ taste and economic power, their leaning toward famous names or contemporary art, as well as to the artists’ particular interests, surroundings, and daily studio practice.
Works by well-known Romanian painters such as Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ioan Andreescu, Nicolae Tonitza, Gheorghe Petraşcu, Theodor Pallady, Lucian Grigorescu, Iosif Iser, Camil Ressu, Francisc Şirato, Alexandru Ciucurencu, Dimitrie Ghiaţă are exhibited alongside European and Japanese prints and drawings, French furniture, Oriental carpets, and folk icons from Transylvania.
This unique museum is hosted by the former Romanit palace. The building, an example of modern Bucharest architecture, was recently restored and refurbished. Wherever possible, displays suggest the original layout and atmosphere of individual collections.
The Lapidarium at the Art Collections Museum focuses on architectural elements which originally decorated monuments demolished at the end of the 19th century and during the 1970s - 1980s campaigns. Tomb stones, votive inscriptions, door and window frames, columns and capitals illustrate the craftsmanship of stoneworkers active in Wallachia during in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. As commissioning clergymen and princes obeyed the Orthodox rule “don’t make yourself a graven image” sculpture in the round was nonexistent, and craftsmen were limited in their choice of decorative patterns.