The Archaeological and National History Museum presents Dobrogea’s history from Palaeolithic until today. It was inaugurated in 1977 in the former building of Constanţa City Hall. The museum has an excellent collection of statues of deities, but it also attracts through the exhibited archaeological artefacts: coins, jewels or mammoth tusks. Here you can also admire the unique representation of the Glykon Serpent, symbol of the city. The sculpture, dating from the 2nd century BC, is represented as a creature with a snake’s body, a lion’s tail, a lamb’s mouth and human hair and ears.
Although arranged in 1928, the first Archaeological Museum in Constanţa opened its gates in 1930, but only in 1935 started the classification of the exhibits on historical epochs. In 1957 it moved to a new building, being equipped, apart from the basic exhibition, with a restoration laboratory, specialty library and modern furniture. However, through its exhibits, the museum did not cover the period after the beginning of the Middle Ages. This required another exhibition space and a new thematic. In 1957, the building of the City Hall, a historical monument of Constanţa, became the headquarters of the Archaeological and National History Museum.
Nowadays, the exhibition space occupies 3 floors. On the ground floor there are two rooms open to the public, in which visitors can admire the Treasury. The first floor displays, in a chronological order, the old and medieval history of the region of Dobrogea. The second floor includes exhibits related to the modern history and there are thematic exhibitions arranged here.
Summer schedule (May 1st – September 30th)
Daily: 8:00 – 20:00
Winter schedule (October 1st – April 30th)
Wednesday – Sunday: 9:00 – 17:00
Monday, Tuesday: closed
How to get there:
The Archaeological and National History Museum is situated in Constanța city centre, in Ovid Square, within 10min walking distance from the Casino.
By bus: From the train station, take buses #2 or #5 to Poarta 2 Port station.