Bucovina Museum



Postal code: 720003 Suceava, Romania Phone: 40-230-216439 Fax: 40-230-522979 Email: contact@muzeulbucovinei.ro

Bucovina is a historical region in northern Romania, which was part of the administrative division of the Austrian Empire, from 1775 until 1918, when it united with modern Romania.

Bucovina Museum is a regional museum, founded in 1904 by the Austrian architect Karol A. Romstorfer, after excavating the ruins of the Royal Fortress in Suceava, in order to store the archaeological finds. The museum’s collections would soon grow richer. Bucovina Museum is a cultural institution, organized into the following departments: Archaeology, History, Ethnography and Folk Art, Fine Arts, Memorial Houses, Natural Sciences, Conservation and Restoration, the Department for Monitoring the UNESCO Monuments, Archives and Library, Public relations and Administrative departments. More than 100 people are employed at the museum: museographers, restorers, conservators, researchers, as well as administrative staff and security. The mission of the museum is to preserve and present to visitors, via permanent and temporary exhibitions and public programs, the history and culture of the region.


Museums and collections

The History Museum



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

With collections of over 170.000 objects, plus more than 55.000 documents and 1.500 works of fine arts, the History Museum is based in an early 20th century building. The permanent exhibitions were organized in such a way as to present to the visitors the local history, while at the same time connected with the national one. The main attraction of the museum is the recreation of the Throne Hall, originally within the Royal Fortress, as it would have been during the reign of voivode Stefan cel Mare in Medieval Moldavia.

Exhibition spaces were also designed to house various temporary installments, while concerts and cultural events are being organized by the museum itself or/and in collaboration with others.



The Royal Inn



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

In the 1960s, the Ethnography and Folk Art department was founded, housing some of the collections at the Royal Inn, building which dates from the late 16th century. The permanent exhibitions are reconstructions of the 18th and 19th centuries traditional folk interiors, directly connected to travelling and travelers.



Bucovina Village Museum



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm Site: www.muzeeinaerliber.ro

The museum itself was established in 1995 and now owns 53 folk buildings from Bucovina: traditional wood houses, household annexes, craftsmen workshops, public edifices. At the hearth of the Village Museum, a wood church and bell tower, dated 1783, was rebuilt, where religious services are being performed on major Orthodox holydays. The interiors of the houses and annexes are exhibition spaces in themselves, as each of them are designed so that they would faithfully portray the traditional way of life in the region: furniture, interior textiles, folk costumes, everyday objects. A touch of originality is rendered by recreations of the most important events in a lifetime: the christening of the new born baby, the wedding and the funeral.



Natural History Museum



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

The museum owns various collections of over 120.000 objects, housed in a building in the town’s center. One of the main attractions, among the permanent exhibitions, is the Crystals Hall, displaying some of the most representative objects. An emphasis is also laid on representing the ecosystems, and dioramas serve perfectly for the purpose.



The Memorial House “Simion Florea Marian”



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

The house was established as a museum in 1974 and it commemorates the life and achievements of Romanian academician Simion Florea Marian. As one of the oldest surviving houses in the town, dating from early 19th century, the building houses a large collection of over 20.000 documents, manuscripts, photographs, rare books and magazines. There is also a study are, where all those interested in researching objects and collections can be granted access to.



The Memorial House “Eusebiu Camilar”



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

Established as a museum in 1984, the house, in the village of Udesti, commemorates the life of writer and poet Eusebiu Camilar.



The Memorial House “Ciprian Porumbescu”



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

Based in the village named after the famous composer and conductor, the museum is an umbrella for the Memorial House, the Memorial Museum and the family crypt, in the village cemetery. The Memorial House, established in 1953, is based in the only still standing building which belonged to the composer’s family. Original objects help recreate the rural feel of the creative environment in which Ciprian Porumbescu lived and worked. The Memorial Museum, established in 1971, is organized in the same village. The permanent exhibition was designed around authentic objects belonging to the composer, and commemorates his life and achievements.



The Memorial House “Nicolae Labis”



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm

Established as a museum in 1975, the house, in the centre of the village Malini, commemorates the short and troubled life of the poet Nicolae Labis. The display of original and personal objects provides the feeling of authenticity the visitor is presented to.



The History Museum, Siret



Opening hours April – October: Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm October – April: Tu – Su 9 am – 5 pm The History Museum form Siret was founded in 1985, around collections of objects which have a direct connection to the history of the place. The permanent and temporary exhibitions were designed in order to reflect the life and history of the local community.


Activities and Programmes

Different activities take place at the museums, particularly during the summer season, as for example: The Medieval Art Festival, which takes place in August, within the Royal Fortress, is a cultural event that invites the visitor to enjoy a medieval atmosphere filled with theatrical plays, music and dances. During the festival, travelling actors, puppeteers, stuntmen, craftsmen, re-enact medieval tournaments, fighting schools, sword fights, perform dances and songs, and fire twirling. The Easter Fair and The Folk Craftsmen Fair are two cultural programmes dedicated to adults, which take place at the Village Museum, and which promote traditional crafts, products and Bucovina’s cultural heritage. The workshop The Young Craftsmen is one of the most important programme of practical learning of folk crafts, dedicated to children, which takes place every summer at the Village Museum. A Child’s Dream in their Grandparents House, is an educational programme organized every year in collaboration with several schools from Suceava.


Several projects, financed by the European Union, were developed by Bucovina Museum in collaboration with different cultural institutions from different countries, in order to stimulate cooperation with other museums, to promote the Romanian heritage and to carry out activities with a direct contribution to its preservation and understanding.

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