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).
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.
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.