Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu – the first museum in Romania

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Brukenthal Museum, the first museum in Romania and South-Eastern Europe, opened on 25 February 1817. It is the largest museum in South-Eastern Europe, mainly due to the vast collections owned by the institution.

Located in Sibiu’s historic center, Brukenthal complex consists of Brukenthal Palace, the Museum of Natural History, History Museum, Museum of Pharmacy, and the Museum of Hunting. Brukenthal Palace is one of the most important baroque monuments in Romania. It was built gradually between 1778 and 1788 and its existence was possible thanks to Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, a Hapsburg governor in Transylvania in the second half of the 18th century. Between 1777 and 1787 Samuel von Brukenthal built a palace in Sibiu, in late baroque style, inspired by the palaces of Vienna.

Brukenthal Museum, the first museum in Romania, officially opened in 1817, having  at that time around 1,090 paintings from Baron Samuel Brukenthal’ collection. The construction of this palace had, from the very beginning, as purpose, the conception of an edifice for the conservation of an art collection and of antiquities having an inestimable value. Baroque salons, receptions spaces and musicale evenings still keep the original parts of the Palace: rococo and neoclassical style stoves, red silk wallpaper and oriental style painted paper, Murano glass chandeliers and Transylvanian furniture dating the 18th century.

The palace is not the only public building named after him, there is also a school located near the palace, right across the Protestant Cathedral, namely the Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium, the oldest German school in Romania. The building’s facade has preserved Brukenthal’s family crest.

Brukenthal Palace is the most visited museum in the city, being the largest of its kind, also due to the central location.

In 2011, the Brukenthal National Museum was included in The Best in Heritage Excellence Club by the European Heritage Association.


Summer schedule: from 21 March till 21 October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Winter schedule: from 1 November till 31 March, from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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