Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum is one of the most appreciated museums in Bucharest. It has vast zoological, paleontological and ethnographic collections which count up to 2 million items, including 80,000 butterflies and moths, and a stuffed animals section. However, the main attraction still remains the 4.5m high dinosaur skeleton.
Founded in 1834 through Prince Alexandru Ghica’s decree, the institution was first named the National Museum in Bucharest. The Prince’s brother, Mihalache Ghica, donated a collection of coins, minerals, mollusc shells, and also numerous fish, birds, mammals and fossils. In time, the museum changes its name to the Museum of Natural History and moves its collections to several locations (such as the University), but keeps on adding important items to its patrimony. Unfortunately, some of these valuable objects are destroyed during a fire in 1884.
Since 1893, when Grigore Antipa is named director of the Zoology section of the museum, the institution faces an unprecedented development. Antipa reorganizes the museum, creates a new section (Anthropology and Ethnography) and starts building the actual edifice of the museum. The official inauguration takes place in 1908, in the presence of King Carol I, Prince Ferdinand and Princess Maria. With this occasion were exhibited four bio-geographical dioramas, among the first in the world, which later served as model for other museums in Romania and abroad. In 1914, the National Natural History Museum inaugurated the Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology, Comparative Anatomy, Anthropology, General Ethnography and Ecology sections. Although affected by a series of events (earthquakes, building the metro lines), the museum continued to enrich its patrimony.
Nowadays, Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum owns important collections of minerals and rocks, as well as zoological, paleontological and ethnographic collections. They impress through their diversity and also help visitors to realize the surrounding diversity, be it natural, social or cultural.
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Adults: 20 lei
Pupils, students, Euro 26 card holders: 5 lei (with valid cards)
Seniors: 10 lei
+40 213 128 886
+40 743 138 513
Fax: +40 213 128 863
How to get there:
By metro: Take the M2 or M3 metro lines to Victory Square.
By bus: Take bus #182 to Pasaj Victoria station, bus #300, #381 or #783 to Piața Victoriei station.
By tram: Take tram #1 or #46 to Pasaj Victoria station.