Children Entertainment Tour (Self Guided), Bucharest

Bucharest is good not only for adults, but also has plenty to offer the little ones. The outstanding Museum of the Romanian Peasant will equally impress children and grown-ups. The Geology Museum as well as the Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History are considered to be a must for children while in Bucharest.
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Children Entertainment Tour Map

Guide Name: Children Entertainment Tour
Guide Location: Romania » Bucharest (See other walking tours in Bucharest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: DanaU
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Romanian Peasant Club
  • Museum of the Romanian Peasantry
  • National Geology Museum
  • Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History
  • George Enescu Museum (Cantacuzino Palace)
Romanian Peasant Club

1) Romanian Peasant Club

Located behind the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Peasant Club will help the parents get their kids amused when in Bucharest. Thanks to the puppet shows organized every Saturday morning, there shouldn't be a problem. The Peasant Club has several stories in its repertoire, such as Coliba Iepurasului (Rabbit's Hut), Ratusca cea Urata (The Ugly Duckling) and Vrajitorul Pofticios (the Greedy-guts Wizard). Also, in December, the club puts on a special Christmas show.

The shows start at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm.
Museum of the Romanian Peasantry

2) Museum of the Romanian Peasantry (must see)

The Museum of the Romanian Peasantry is a museum in Bucharest, Romania which displays a collection of textiles (especially costumes), icons, ceramics, and other artifacts related to the life of Romanian peasants. One of Europe's leading museums of popular arts and traditions, it was designated "European Museum of the Year" for 1996. Located on Şoseaua Kiseleff, near Piaţa Victoriei, the museum operates under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Its collection comprises over 100,000 exhibits.

Founded in the 1930s and originally managed by Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcaş, the museum was reopened on February 5, 1990, a mere six weeks after the downfall and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu. During the Communist era, the building housed a museum dedicated to the country's Communist party; its basement still contains a room featuring an ironic display of some artifacts from that period. The building itself, bearing traditional Romanian architectural elements, occupies the former site of the State Mint. The museum was devastated during the June 1990 Mineriad, being confused with the headquarters of the National Peasants' Party. One of the museum's most famous exhibits — the original work of Tzigara-Samurcaş — is "the house in the house" featuring the house originally belonging to peasant Antonie Mogos of Ceauru village in Gorj County. Initially, the house was displayed in a non-naturalistic way: objects, that would normally be part of the interior, were put outside; the outbuildings were suggested only by fragments. The Communist regime displayed the house much more conventionally, outdoors at the Village Museum; it returned to the Peasant Museum in 2002. The current display at the Peasant Museum revives the original non-naturalistic approach. For example, from a platform, visitors may peer into the attic, part of whose wall is removed, and see various objects located inside.

In 2002, the museum exhibition space was considerably expanded after its storage and offices had moved into a new building at the back, thus vacating a considerable amount of floor space for the exhibition.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Geology Museum

3) National Geology Museum

The National Geology Museum is housed in the 1906 building that was originally constructed for the Geological Institute of Romania. It was designed in neo-Brâncovenesc style by Victor Ştefănescu, and is considered an architectural monument.

In 1906, King Carol I signed the royal decree establishing the institute which is now displayed in the entrance hall of the museum. A century ago, apart from conducting geological research, the institute displayed its collection of rocks and minerals for people to come and see in the designated hall, named “Collections”.

Early attempts to establish a museum failed because of two world wars and earthquakes that caused massive damage to the building. To preserve the collections they had to be temporarily moved to another building. The restoration started only in 1983 to a project that corresponded with the idea of a museum fit to accommodate a large audience. The building was restored in a strict accordance with the old photos and the museum finally opened its doors in 1990.

The National Geology Museum is unique in terms of design; it illustrates all branches of geonomy - from the emergence of planets, minerals and rocks to the evolution of life on Earth, appearance of humans and their interaction with Earth. The museum itself represents an enormous source of information from which both experts and ordinary people can learn many interesting things.

Operation hours: Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History

4) Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History is recognized as one of the best natural history museums in Europe. Its magnificent collection, which includes even dinosaur skeletons, is enough to keep both kids and their parents occupied all day. The museum also offers a variety of workshops, interactive displays, 3D films, artificial caves, as well as a wealth of animal and plant life typical of Romania.

The museum's building also deserves mentioning. It was constructed in 1908 at the request of Grigore Antipa, renowned Romanian naturalist, who ran the museum up until his death in 1944. The design was done by engineer Mihail Rocco who took into account all of Antipa's suggestions. The beautiful facade was crafted by architect Gregory Cerchez, decorated with sculptures representing natural history and a bronze eagle on top.

Over the century, the building has withstood several earthquakes. Not long ago, it was closed for an almost three year renovation prior to reopening in 2011. Romanian billionaire, George Iaciu, contributed to the museum's collection by donating 37 artifacts including an artificial life-size copy of an elephant head.

Admission: adults - 20 lei ($6), pensioners - 10 lei ($3), children/students - 5 lei ($1,50).

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am- 8:00 pm.
George Enescu Museum (Cantacuzino Palace)

5) George Enescu Museum (Cantacuzino Palace)

Situated on one of Bucharest's oldest streets, Calea Victoriei, the Cantacuzino palace was built in 1898-1900 for the eponymous head of the Romanian Council of Ministers, Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino. The building features French Baroque style of the Ludovic XVI period. The interior is decorated with fabulous monumental paintings by G.D. Mirea, Costin Petrescu, Arthur Verona, as well as sculptures by Frederick Storck and Em. Becker. It has an impressive facade with marble steps, two stone lions and a shell shaped cover.

In 1956 the Cantacuzino Palace became home to the George Enescu Museum which is dedicated to the famous Romanian composer and musician. Its collection includes Enescu's personal things, including the violin he received at the age of 4, numerous diplomas and medals, musical writings, etc.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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