National History Museum

Near the southwest corner of Bucharest’s Old Town is the National History Museum. Open from 9am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, this excellent museum is housed in the old Postal Services Palace. A statue of Roman Emperor Trajan holding a wolf adorns the steps out front. Admission is 25 lei for adults, 15 lei for pensioners, and 7 lei for children and students (as of June 2012). 

National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

National History Museum

Statue of Trajan at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Statue of Trajan

Postal exhibit at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Postal exhibit

The highlight of the museum is the life-sized replica of Trajan’s Column in Rome. It was built in 113 to retell the story of the Dacian Wars against Rome (the Dacians inhabited ancient Romania). The column is disassembled and at eye level so visitors can get a detailed look at every panel.

Replica of Trajan's Column at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Replica of Trajan’s Column

Replica of Trajan's Column at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Replica of Trajan’s Column

Replica of Trajan's Column at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Replica of Trajan’s Column

Replica of Trajan's Column at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Replica of Trajan’s Column

An area is set aside to display intricate tombstones that once covered the tombs of members of the royal family. One of them was for Princess Bălaşa Cantacuzino, a descendant of the Byzantine royal family.

Tombstone at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Tombstone

Tombstone of Princess Bălaşa Cantacuzino at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Tombstone of Princess Bălaşa Cantacuzino

The museum has a treasury which contains Queen Marie’s crown and a box with her heart inside. She was a granddaughter of the British Queen Victoria.

Queen Marie's crown at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Queen Marie’s crown

Queen Marie's heart at the National History Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Queen Marie’s heart

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