Zambaccian Museum houses a small but valuable collection of art, mostly Romanian paintings from the early 20th century. Its main attractions are a Matisse, a Cezanne and a couple of Renoir paintings and a few pieces of sculpture from Constantin Brâncuși.

Krikor H. Zambaccian was a Romanian art collector and critic of Armenian origin who supported many artists and even wrote the monographs of Nicolae Grigorescu and Nicolae Tonitza. After World War II, he invented the concept of “art consignation”, opening Romarta, the first store of this kind in Bucharest. During his lifetime, he gathered a valuable and rich art collection, now exhibited in the Zambaccian Museum. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art and furniture donated, together with his house, to the Romanian state at the middle of the 20th century.

However, Zambaccian’s collection was open to the public since 1942. After the inauguration that took place in 1947, K. H. Zambaccian was decorated by King Mihai for his efforts and generosity. The exhibited works recreate the history of the modern Romanian painting, by including masterpieces of the greatest painters of the 19th and 20th centuries: Aman, Grigorescu, Andreescu, Luchian, Tonitza, Pallady, Petraşcu or Ressu. The collection is enhanced by sculptures of Romanian artists, among which the most important is Brâncuşi’s “Child’s Head”.

After the restorations that took place in 2008, the exhibition space was enlarged, now comprising 19 paintings belonging to representative artists from the French school of painting: Delacroix, Renoir, Pissarro, Cézanne, Picasso or Matisse.

Visiting hours Summer schedule (May – September): Saturday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:00 Thursday, Friday: closed Winter schedule (October – April): 10:00 – 18:00 Thursday, Friday: closed

Ticket price: 7 lei

How to get there: By bus: Take buses #131, #182, #205, #282, #301 or #331 to Piaţa Dorobanţi and then walk for 2min to the museum. By metro: Take the M2 metro line to Piaţa Aviatorilor and then take a 10min walk to the museum.