The Cantacuzino Palace is a lovely monument of the Art Nouveau and Baroque styles in Bucharest, built in 1900. Since 1956 it houses George Enescu National Museum, exhibiting documents and personal belongings of the composer.
G. G. Cantacuzino, known as “the Nabob”, was a former mayor of Bucharest and Prime Minister of Romania. At the beginning of the 20th century, he employed famous architects and artists of that time to build and decorate the Cantacuzino Palace. Both the exterior ornamentation (frescoes, sculptures) and the interior one (from tapestry to lamps) are the result of an international collaboration, among the most famous artists who worked at the palace being the painters C. Petrescu and A. Verona and the sculptor of the Romanian Royal House, E. W. Becker. Due to its richly decorated façade dominated by the Cantacuzino coat of arms, the palace is considered one of the most beautiful in Bucharest.
After the death of the Nabob’s son, Mihail, the palace became property of his wife, Maruca. In 1937, she married with the great Romanian composer George Enescu, with whom she lived for two years in a house near the palace. Meanwhile, the Cantacuzino Palace successively served as the headquarters of several public institutions. After Enescu’s death, Maruca donated the palace and the surrounding domain for a museum in honour of the great musician, which was inaugurated in 1956.
George Enescu National Museum has a permanent exhibition which presents objects related to the composer’s life and activity, from photographs and documents to highly valuable musical instruments. The museum’s main hall accommodates concerts aimed at promoting the artist’s work and not only.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Adults: 6 lei
Seniors, Euro 26 card holders: 2 lei
Pupils, students: 1.5 lei
Free: on the 26th of each month
How to get there:
By metro: Take the metro to Piața Victoriei or Piața Romană stations and then take a 6min walk.
By bus: Take buses #122, #300, #381 or #518 to the Orlando or Povernei stations and then walk for 5 minutes.
By car: From Henri Coandă International Airport, take Calea Bucureştilor and then go straight following Şoseaua Bucureşti-Ploieşti and Şoseaua Kiseleff to Victory Square. Continue for 0.5km on Victory Avenue until you reach the museum. Approximate travel time is 20min.