A visit to the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is a must if visiting Bucharest, with or without kids! In this guide, we share everything you’ll need to know before you visit this Romanian open air museum.
What is the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum?
Named after Professor Dimitrie Gusti, a former Romanian Education Minister and founder of the Sociological School of Bucharest, the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is an open air museum, located in the northern part of Bucharest. Our travel life is full of monuments and museums, however this was completely unlike any other museum we’ve visited. This ethnographic museum and outdoor museum is home to over 270 authentic Romanian homes and buildings. Brought from all parts of Romania, these original homes create a village of over 10 hectares in size and represents life in the country of Romania through the ages.
The goal of the park is to provide a comprehensive picture of the different architectural styles used in building traditional rural homes within Romania including areas such as Moldavia, Banat, Oltenia, Transylvania, and Dobrogea. The houses are complemented by churches, outhouses, and mills, and are displayed in a manner to offer visitors a thorough picture of the Romanian traditional village life. The buildings are furnished with authentic household objects and tools and each property creates a story of life in days gone by.
Each home has a well-written explanation in both Romanian and English, that outlines when the property was built, the area the home originates from and some general information about how the property was used etc.
The park is fun for the whole family and combines history with an enjoyable day out. Gone are the somewhat dry and boring museums that kids normally get dragged along to, the National Village Museum is a complete experience – kids can get a true feel for how people used to live and find themselves comparing these homes with their own. For this reason, especially, this is a must do for families visiting Bucharest!
The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is open 09:00 – 19:00 Tue-Sun and 09:00 – 17:00 on Mondays.
How to Get There
The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is 7kms north of the heart of Bucharest and very easy to get to, by car, taxi or public transport.
- By Car – The address of the Village Museum is Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 28-30, București 011347, Romania.
- By Taxi – we took a taxi to get to the Museum in the morning. During peak hour it took around 35 minutes and cost us 18RON ($USD4.5/$6.00). A day later, outside of peak hour, we drove past and the taxi fare would have been around 10RON! Be aware that if you do go in peak hour, traffic in Bucharest is pretty busy and it takes a long time to get anywhere! CLICK HERE to open this map on Google!
- By Metro – the closest Metro station is Aviatorilor – a 1.3kms stroll from the park. The walk is very nice as there is a lovely park next to the Village that you can walk through on the way to the Metro station! CLICK HERE to open this map in Google!
- By Bus – take either the 783 line, 331 line, 131 line or 205 line.
Ticket prices to visit the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum were incredibly reasonable – for a family of 4, we paid only 25RON ($USD6/$AUD8).
- Adults 10RON
- Pensioners 5RON
- Students/Children 2.50RON
Tickets can be purchased upon arrival – at the main gate via the reception area, or at the secondary gates via a ticket dispenser.
Audio guides are apparently available for 50RON, or 8RON on your smartphone, however when we enquired about audio guides the staff member didn’t seem to know anything about them. There are guided tours in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian at a cost of 200-300RON, however, you must call in advance to arrange. Note that while the museum is open on Mondays, the houses are not.
Things to Know Before You Go
The number one thing that ALL visitors need to know before going is that in winter months, while absolutely beautiful under a blanket of snow, the homes and buildings aren’t open. Furthermore, depending which entrance you take, the staff may not necessarily tell you about this inconvenience! Ticket prices remain the same, however, visitors get only a fraction of the full experience.
We were bitterly disappointed to discover that the majority of homes were closed during our visit. A few were open, and we found them absolutely fascinating, which made our disappointment all the worse. When open, each home has a staff member on hand to explain the home and its contents. The one lady that we spoke to gave us so much information and shared some lovely stories; we can only imagine how incredible the park would be during summer months.
You should allow a good amount of time to visit the park. Despite the homes being closed, we still managed to spend 2 hours in the village. I would expect to spend AT LEAST half a day there during summer months, if not longer!
Tel / Fax: (+4) 021 317 91 10 / (+4) 021 317 90 68
Voted as one of the very best tourist attractions in Bucharest, the National Village is a must see, and we would certainly agree that it was one of the best parts of our stay. During our stay, there was a huge amount of snow and temps of -14 degrees celsius, plus the homes weren’t open, but despite this, we still thoroughly enjoyed the village museum. Both kids have voted that we return to Bucharest during the warmer months so that we can come and get the full benefit of our visit. With plenty of space to run and lots to see and do, the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is a fantastic place for families and one that we would highly recommend!