Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

More than 25 years since his execution on Christmas Day, 1989, the former home of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu opens as a public museum this Saturday. Built in the 1960s and known by the codename P50 during the communist period, the 80-room Palatul Primaverii (which translates as Spring Palace) served as a home for the… Continue reading Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

Bucharest museum blues

A tale of three Bucharest museums. The director of the Romanian National Art Museum (MNAR), Roxana Theodorescu, told various assembled officials on Wednesday that if they wanted to visit her museum they should do so ‘as quickly as possible,’ because at the rate the museum is having to hand back nationalised works of art to… Continue reading Bucharest museum blues

We’re closed

Hidden amongst the usual crap that masquerades as news on Pro TV last night was a short report looking at how many of Bucharest’s major attractions are closed just when tourists (and locals, we might add) want to visit them: bank holidays. The original Mediafax story the Pro TV report was pulled from can be… Continue reading We’re closed

Museums in Bucharest you’ve never been to: Muzeul CFR

Given that we have for the past God-knows-how-many years edited a half-decent Bucharest city guide, it always comes as a bit of a shock when we discover museums in the Romanian capital about whose existence we had absolutely no idea. The Romanian Railways (CFR) Museum was – until recently – one of these. We were… Continue reading Museums in Bucharest you’ve never been to: Muzeul CFR

Treasures of China at the Romanian National History Museum

Not having been able to make the press preview back in April (we were out of town), we this weekend finally got round to visiting the Treasures of China exhibition at the Romanian National History Museum (MNIR). At a wallet-busting 25 lei a ticket it is one of the most expensive exhibitions ever held in… Continue reading Treasures of China at the Romanian National History Museum