The History Museum is a section of the Brukenthal Museum Complex in Sibiu, being hosted in the Altemberger House. Designed and built by Thomas Altemberger, mayor of Sibiu, the building was bought in 1545 by the Magistrate of Sibiu. Considered to be one of the most important Gothic civil buildings in Romania, it served as a City Hall for 400 years, from 1549 to 1948. After Altemberger House’s restoration, the History Museum, which functioned in Brukenthal Palace since 1959, moved here. Nowadays the museum exhibits interesting archaeological objects, coins, silverware, weapons and glass collections.
The Main Exhibition reflects the local history by bringing together valuable objects belonging to different fields and era. Starting with presenting the everyday life in the Palaeolithic, the exhibition leads the visitors to the medieval period, by having a look at different activities, such as those related to war or religion. The exhibition is divided into 11 sections: the Roman Lapidarium, the Medieval Lapidarium, Arms and Armors, the Firearms Hall, the Movement for National Emancipation in Southern Transylvania, the Emergence of Human Settlements in Southern Transylvania, the Glasswork in Transylvania, the Guilds of Sibiu, the Magistrate of Sibiu, Coins and Medals and Treasury.
The Roman Lapidarium displays stone exhibits dating from the Roman period (2nd – 3rd centuries), such as statues, inscriptions or fragments of columns and altars. Remarkable are the marble statue of goddess Hekate, the mithraeum – the restructuring of a temple dedicated to Mithra, or the headless statue of Jupiter Tronans. The Medieval Lapidarium, located in the museum’s basement, was created as a result of a series of demolitions that took place in Sibiu at the end of the 19th century. It contains three subsections: architectural furniture, representative items for buildings and architectural ensembles and gravestones dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
At the ground floor of the Altemberger House you can visit a collection of medieval weaponry and military equipment, which range from armes blanches to fire arms, with the special touch of the oriental weapons. In order to give the specialists and aficionados the chance to enjoy a great number of exhibits which are not on display, the museum created the special Firearms Hall. The section’s star is the collection of 215 matchlock rifles, the largest in the country, with pieces dating as early as the 16th century.
The other sections give insight on the specific elements of the human habitat, by exhibiting everyday objects such as tools, mirrors, ornaments, coins and medals. These objects are closely interconnected to the activity of the guilds, on whose apparition and development Sibiu’s urban expansion is closely related. Nowadays, in the collections of the Brukenthal Museum Complex there are over 2,000 objects belonging to the guilds in Sibiu, dating from the 14th to 19th centuries. A special place in the museum is held by the section dedicated to the city’s Magistrate, where are exhibited items belonging to the members of the Magistrate.
Summer schedule (March 21st – October 21st)
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed on Monday and on the first Tuesday of every month.
Winter schedule (October 21st – March 21st)
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
How to get there:
The History Museum is located in Sibiu city centre, in Huet Square.
By bus: From Sibiu train station take buses #13, #17 or #22 to the city centre.