5 museums worth visiting when in Timisoara, contender for the European Capital of Culture title

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Timisoara, one of the largest cities in Romania is also one of the country’s most attractive urban areas with many cultural attractions; among them we offer you 5 museums worth visiting.

Timisoara Art Museum

The Museum is hosted by the Baroque Palace, one of Timisoara’s representative buildings, built in Baroque style in the second half of the eighteenth century in the city’s Main Square, now Union Square (Piata Unirii). The exterior decorative motifs reveal a close similarity to Vienna’ Kinsky Palace. The Old Prefecture Palace, also called ‘Baroque Palace’ is one of the most valuable historical monuments in Timisoara. Recently renovated, the building comprises permanent collections, including one by painter Corneliu Baba, a collection of contemporary art or regular exhibitions.

Banat Village Museum

Banat Village Museum is an outdoor museum where the main attractions are several traditional houses in Banat, each with its own charm. Visiting this museum gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time enjoying the quietness and a relaxing atmosphere. Spread over 17 hectares, the museum is designed as a Banat traditional village and includes farms belonging to different ethnic groups in Banat. In 1967, the museum came into the possession of the present land area, on which the Banat open-air ethnographic museum operated as a department of the Banat Museum. The museum opened to the public on 20 August 1971.

Banat Museum (Hunyadi Castle)

The museum is the oldest monument in Timisoara, built between 1443 and 1447 by John Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara) over the old royal castle dating from the 14th century. The biggest improvement was made in 1856, namely the restoration of the main facade in a romantic approach. It served as a noble residence in the 15th and 16th centuries, the residence of the pasha between 1552 and 1716, then as artillery barracks. It currently houses the History Section and the Natural Sciences Section of the Banat Museum. The collections comprise more than 468.000 pieces and they are divided into groups: archaeology, numismatics, memoirs, cartography, Romanian and foreign old books, gems and history.

The 1989 Revolution Memorial Museum

Revolution Memorial Museum gathers a collection unique in the country, entirely dedicated to the Revolution of December 1989. The museum includes a room for documentation and research, written records, audio and video, a library and a collection of newspapers. A video outlining the rise and fall of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu may be shown on request.

The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral Museum

The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, called also the Metropolitan Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is situated in the Victoria Square and was erected somewhere between 1936 and 1940. It has 11 towers, of which the central, 90.5 meters high, turns the church into the highest one in Romania. The Metropolitan Cathedral is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments. Its style blends the religious Byzantine tradition with the Moldavian one. Because of the marshy land, the edifice stands on a concrete plate carried by more than 1000 concrete pillars.

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