The Museum of the Village
The Museum of the Village was founded in 1936 by Dimitrie Guști, the father of the Romanian sociology. This ”village in the heart of the capital”, surrounded by greenery, is one of Bucharest’s most impressive museums and a must-see attraction. It is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.
The open-air ethnographic museum
The open-air ethnographic museum stretches along the shore of Lake Herăstrău and coverts fifteen hectares. Here you will find around three hundred traditional peasant houses and outbuildings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, grouped by historical region. Seventy two of them have been declared historic monuments.
None in this village are copies of originals; all are authentic, having been acquired from peasants in their home villages. Dismantled piece by piece, transported to Bucharest, and then reassembled in the museum. There are houses, wooden churches, watermills, windmills, wells, wayside crosses, various machines (for making woolen fabrics and for pressing grapes and seeds for oil), workshops, and eighty thousand items of folk art (furniture, fabrics, carpets, crockery, icons).
Summer on the Village Lane
Throughout the year, the Museum of the Village is the venue for numerous festivals and crafts fairs. Every summer there is an arts camp for children, called Summer on the Village Lane. The children are invited to immerse themselves in the world of folk crafts, learning to paint icons on glass, to carve wood, to weave, to make folk masks, dolls and pottery, and to paint Easter eggs.
At the entrance of the museum there is a shop selling souvenirs, folk costumes, icons on glass, pottery and books.