The Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural Science in Bucharest is now one of the most visited museums in the Capital of Romania. Hundreds of people come here every day to see a huge collection of animals, marine creatures, ancient mummies and, the star of the museum, a mammoth skeleton.
Some may think that stuffed animals in a museum are not a touristic attraction, but as many people on TripAdvisor say, walking through this museum can be, especially for children, an important lesson of natural history. All the exhibits are displayed in the environment they used to live in. Some of the species presented are also extinct.
If you think that animals should not be killed and displayed in a museum, you are right. But, you’ll have to understand that most of the stuffed animals became exhibits over one hundred years ago, in a time when learning about the environment’s fauna and flora had been done like this.
As I stated above, this museum of natural history is great for children under 15 years old, but it is also interesting for adults. It’s like a journey through time. At the end of the exhibit you can see the star of the museum – a huge mammoth skeleton – and also some very well preserved mummies, including one of a child from Egypt.
At the moment, the scientific heritage of “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History is made up of about 2 million specimens of invertebrates and vertebrates (current and fossils) originating from Romania and from various geographical areas, from the Ecuator to the polar regions, or collected from the water surface and from up to a depth of more than 6,000 meters.
The Geology Collection of the museum includes minerals, rocks, gems, agates (thunder eggs) and silicified wood, meteorites and tektites. Those 4,425 samples come from all the parts of the world: Europe, Asia, North America, Madagascar. The museum also holds specimens from Antarctica.
The most valuable specimen within the museum’s palentology collection is the skeleton of Deinotherium gigantissimum, discovered in the year 1890 by Gregoriu Ştefănescu at Mânzaţi, Vaslui county. Other outstanding specimens are the skeleton of mastodon, of gigantic stag (Megaceros giganteus), cave bear (Ursus spaeleus), shell mammal – Glyptodon typus, as well as the original fossils of Ichtyosaurus from the lithographic limestone from Germany.
The Collection of compared Anatomy includes about 1600 specimens representing skeletons, fluid-preserved specimens – organs and systems, embryos, development to various species of vertebrates and invertebrates being kept in formalin, moulds.
When, where, how much
The address of “Grigore Antipa” Museum is Şos. Kiseleff no 1 , Bucharest. It is located right in Victoriei Square. You can spot the building by looking for the huge wooden giraffe standing in front of the museum’s doors. The best way to arrive here is by subway. You’ll have to stop at “Piata Victoriei” subway station.
Period: 1 April – 31 Octomber
‣ Tuesday – Sunday: 10-20h
(the last visitor enters at 19h)
‣ Monday: closed
Period: 1 November – 31 March
‣ Tuesday / Friday: 10-18h
(the last visitor enters at 17h)
‣ Saturday / Sunday: 10-19h
(the last visitor enters at 18h)
‣ Monday : closed
Full ticket: 20 lei ~ 5EUR
- ‣ Retired citizens: 10 lei
- ‣ Pupils, students (with valid ID cards): 5 lei
- ‣ Euro 26 cardholders up to 30 years of age: 75% discount (with valid ID cards)
- ‣ Students and young people holding ISIC and IYTC cards receive a 75% rate reduction and teachers holding ITIC cards receive a 50% reduction (with valid cards)
- ‣ Annual subscriptions for families (parents + children)
10 visits in the permanent exhibition – 327 lei/year
Free entrance at the Museum for:
- ‣ preschool children
- ‣ children up to 18 years old, during vacations
- ‣ Romanian citizens living abroad who are pupils and students with scholarships awarded by the Romanian authorities
- ‣ Ministry of Culture and National Heritage employees
- ‣ museum employees at the Romanian museums and National Research Institute for Conservation and Restoration
- ‣ ICOM card holders
- ‣ Euro 26 cardholders up to 30 years of age in the 26th day of each month or the following day if the 26 is a day when the museum is closed to the public
- ‣ students of the following institutions: Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agronomy, Forestry, Fine Arts and Architecture, based on the student ID card
- ‣ the official delegations as well as other cultural delegations, within the framework of the Museum’s opening hours
- ‣ volunteer members of the “Knights of the Antipa Order”
- ‣ S.O.R. members
- ‣ children with disabilities or special needs up to 18 years of age, as well as their escort
- ‣ children up to 18 of age for which special social measures apply
- ‣ adults with severe or pronounced disabilities and their escort
The Museum organizes guided group tours for up to 20 people. The reservation for the guided tours is compulsory and it must be made at least three days in advance.
- ‣ Romanian guided tour: 100 lei
- ‣ English guided tour: 200 lei
The museum offers the possibility to rent an audio guide. Price: 12 lei ~ 3 EUR, available in: Romanian, English, French and German.