If you want to get a glimpse of the Romanian art, especially in the region of Transylvania, the Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca is one of the best places to admire valuable collections. Housed in the imposing Bánffy Palace, situated in the Union Square, the museum preserves an exceptional selection of paintings and sculptures from important Romanian artists.
The museum was founded in 1951 and benefited from art collections which included enshrined works from artists such as Nicolae Grigorescu, Ştefan Luchian, Theodor Pallady, Camil Ressu and Nicolae Tonitza. Transfers, donations and acquisitions increased the number of works and enhanced the museum’s value, especially through the addition of Transylvanian art.
Exploring the museum, visitors will have the possibility to admire reference pieces from the most important creative personalities of the past 600 years. The chronological presentation of the exhibits contributes to the better understanding of the main stages and currents of Romanian art between the 16th and 21st centuries. The museum’s permanent exhibition represents a mirroring of the historical evolution of Romanian art, from old icons to modern paintings by contemporary artists, but also European paintings, sculptures, graphic and decorative art. The temporary exhibitions and cultural events hosted by the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum are a way of increasing awareness on the museum’s rich heritage and adding value to it.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Monday, Tuesday, important religious holidays: closed
Cluj-Napoca Art Museum has a bookstall where you can purchase catalogues, posters, postcards, albums and reproductions of works of art exhibited inside the museum, which can serve you as elegant souvenirs and presents.
How to get there:
The museum is situated in the Union Square, very close to the Roman Catholic Church of St. Michael and the Pharmacy Museum.
Union Square, no 30
Tel: +40 264 596 952
+40 264 596 953
The Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca Website