Anybody who knows me knows very well how much I love visiting art museums (and how much I love dragging Mrs. Perez and my teenage daughter to them). So when Mrs. Perez and I traveled to Romania recently and spent a day in the capital city of Bucharest, we stopped by the country’s largest and most impressive art collection, the National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Național de Artă al României).
The museum is located in the former royal palace in Revolution Square, on the famed Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue). Completed in 1837, the National Museum of Art of Romania features collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.
The museum is split into two parts, the National Gallery (which features only Romanian art) and the European Gallery (I visited only the Romanian art gallery – I mean, I was in Romania, right?). There is separate admission for each gallery or you can pay to view both (20 Lei, about $5). Photographs are allowed but only after paying a rather hefty fee of 100 Lei (about $25) which I paid (how else would I be able to share how awesome the museum was?). It isn’t the MOMA (how many art museums are?) but the National Museum of Art of Romania was a splendid museum with many fine pieces of art and well worth the few hours me and Mrs. Perez spent there.