Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Village Museum

Wow, what a place! So peaceful, colorful and interesting! On a clear, beautiful day one could spend some very happy hours here; there's a lot to see, learn.. and capture with the camera.

The Village Museum ('Muzeul Satului') of Bucharest, is an open-air museum with some over 300 small peasant households from all over Romania. It borders the superb Park Herestrau with its lovely Lake Herestrau located in the northern, elegant part of the city.

park and lake Herestrau

entrance to the museum

The place is organized like a real village with original houses and shaded paths . The houses (wooden /mud/thatched roof houses ) have various patterns of fences, gates, benches and windows mostly made of quality wood. Some of the houses were open to visitors and one could see furniture,rugs and traditional decorative items dating back to 18th and 19th centuries.

Like in any other village one will find here churches, windmills, water-wells, barns, sheds . I also came upon a boat , an inn, and some domestic animals(the cats and hens are adorable).

Maramuresh church

water well


This Village Museum is a Must -see when in Bucharest. The place is a delight to the senses and it it is for everybody: child and adult. It introduces the visitor to Romania's rural life and architecture in a fascinating way.

my ' inserted' head on folkdancer's body


  1. One word comes to mind, "idyllic"! :)

  2. Oh how I would adore visiting your part of the world sweetie.

    It looks just amazin'!!!

    I'm just thankful that I can walk next to you though your beautiful pictures.

    God bless ya and have a beautiful day.

    Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the USA and I'm so very thankful that our paths have crossed.

  3. Lovely pics of the village museum ,park,lake,church building.Such an extraordinary rural setting with a small church, a water well & windmill. Must include in my must visit list if I ever happen to visit Bucharest ! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I went there last year during Maramures's days; it was a pleasure to spend some time there, to talk with people, with handcrafts people, to be part of that for a while ... nice memories and I'm happy that I had the opportunity to live that moments. I cannot wait untill next year when I plan to go back and visit The Village's Museum again!

  5. Such a beautiful, peaceful place. I'd love to spend the good part of a day there! Thanks for taking us with you, Duta. I love the places you visit!

  6. I am never bored coming to your blog. You always have such interesting places. That fence is great.


  7. such places always inspire travelers. your blog always inspire readers. when both these blend together it is wonderful...


  8. DUTA:

    There is a similar museum in Belfast and when we went there we just enjoyed spending our day there. But in Belfast there were actors who donned the attire of the villagers. But here you say there are 300 small peasants living there. Are they there on a permanent basis? I wish you posted some pictures of some of the peasants there.

    The place looks very beautiful. Thanks dear DUTA for this treat.

    Joy always,

  9. I like such places when they look realistic and this one, as you mentioned, does look this way. Waiting for more pictures from this city:)

  10. Thank you for sharing this beautiful museum with us. I would love to visit here, I know my husband and I would spend hours and hours here. How nice that it has been set up so everyone can see history and different homes. I spotted your face right away!

  11. Thanks for this post DUTA. Although I have seen some art photos of this museum before from another blog member, the text explains it in detail that I didn't have previously. It looks a very relaxing place.

  12. My dear friend Duta
    Many thanks for so interesting tour, in openair Museum!!!
    Your photos are so beautiful and nostalgic!!!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Many greetings

  13. Oh, Duta, how I would love to wander through this wonderful museum. How amazing, so many architectural styles in one display. Love the natural looking fence. Thank you, once again, for taking us on these wonderful jaunts through history.

  14. Angelina,

    'idylic' - most appropriate word; it says a lot about the place.


    Thanks for your kind words. I'm also thankful that "our paths have crossed".

    R. Ramakishran,

    It is considered one of the best if not the best museum of its kind in the world.

    Lumi RO,

    You're welcome! I suppose it stirs up memories in you as it does in everyone who's originally from Romania.

  15. Bica,

    This place attracts like magnet. You visit it once, you wish to come again.

    La Petite Gallery,

    Thanks. I feel flattered.
    Some of the fences, window panels,and benches, are artistically carved
    in wood.


    I like the way you phrased the 'inspiration' analogy. Thank you.

    Susan Deborah,

    No , dear Susan. There are 300 peasant houses, but no peasants living here.
    I wish I had the chance to visit that Belfast museum mentioned by you!

    Yes, it looks quite realistic. Most of the houses were brought here in their original form; some other houses are good replicas of the original.

  16. Cheryl,

    I'm not surprised you've spotted my face. You're very quick at spotting all sorts of things, especially those heart-shaped forms in Nature that you collect with such passion.


    You may say that again - 'relaxing place'. It is a place of relaxation for all ages, for individuals as well as for families and groups.


    As I advance in age, I tend to prefer open air sites like this museum. It makes me feel more at peace with Nature and the world.

    C Humel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson,

    I believe you. It is the perfect place for your highly spiritual, sensible soul.

  17. This place is delightful. I love the different roofs, the braided fence, and the wonderful textiles you show.
    I also like the folk dancer!

  18. Dimple,

    So, you like the "folkdancer"...
    You've made my day. Thank you.

  19. Your lovely pictures make me wish I could be there. It all looks so very peaceful. Thank you for sharing

  20. Welcometo my blog!
    Thanks for your kind comment.

  21. I read both post and just love it when we get to tag along on your trips and get to learn and look. Peace

  22. Your travels are so interesting...all the museum looks neat

  23. What beautiful pictures! Your adventures intrigue me. You are so good at describing them I feel like I am right there with you! Such a great experience! Question Duta - What is the weather like there? Just curious.
    Thanks for sharing all your travels and surroundings.

    until next time... nel

  24. Lady Di Tn,

    I'm glad you feel like that. Your words are a great encouragement to my efforts in writing my posts. Thanks.


    I suppose most of our travels could be made interesting. The Village Museum was a good choice to visit, a worthy destination to get at.


    Thank you for your kind words.

    As for the local weather - Usually at this time of the year (beginning of November) it starts being cold and rainy. I was lucky -no rain, only clouded skies.
    The day of my visit to the VM was fabulous: sunny and warm (18 degree Celsius).

  25. DUTA - This was a wonderful post! I loved all the pictures. The first picture of the homes with the tile roofs look very much like a lot of the Spanish influence you see on many homes in California, but what really caught my eye was that fence and the way the posts are carved, they're beautiful.

    Then in the 2nd picture! What a great shot, the autumn colors, the reflection in the water and the building just in the corner. I loved it!.

    The 3rd picture again looks very Spanish/California. Looks a lot like a church in Santa Barbara, California. It's quite famous but I really can't remember the name of the church right now.

    In the 4th picture that huge rooster I thought at first was a turkey. He's obviously leading a very lucky life there and he's well fed!.

    Pictures 5, 6, and 7 are lovely. I love the thatched roofs and the fences and the fact that there are so many fire extinguishers. But with all that dried grass I think it's a very good idea.

    Again some Spanish influence in picture #4, the wall hangings almost look like Sarapes, so I guess that would be a Mexican influence instead.

    The well picture is pretty enough to be framed as is the windmill picture, but my favorite definitely is the one of you peaking your little head out of the folk dancers body! Very unexpected! Again, great post as always.

  26. Phivos Nicolaides,

    I used to like all kinds of museums but in recent years I find myself prefering the open air ones.


    Thanks for your very detailed comment.
    I like the way you refer to individual pictures, and I l've learned something from your comment about California and Spanish influence.

  27. Love your header. Awesome photos. THANKS.



  28. Elizabeth,

    Welcome! Thanks for the comment and for the 'follower'.