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The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania

Address: Memorandumului Street, no. 21

Phone: 0264-708.953 , 0783-005.146

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.muzeul-etnografic.ro

Schedule: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Cost: adults: 6 lei, students: 3 lei.

The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania was established in 1922. The headquarters is located in the “Reduta” building, in the room with the same name being held the well-known political trial known as the “Trial of the Memorandists”. In 1929, an open-air museum was added to the pavilion exhibition, the first in Romania, called the “Romulus Vuia” National Ethnographic Park.

The current permanent exhibition is entitled “Folk culture in Transylvania -18th – 20th century”, opened in 2006, and approaches the main fields of material and spiritual culture in rural Transylvania, illustrated by representative exhibits, selected from over 40,000 artifacts from the collections of the museum institution.

The exhibition includes: podotactile bands (for the blind people), showcases with traditional harvest wreaths, showcases with Jewish cult pieces, exhibits evoking birth, childhood (swing, chair and support for learning to walk, toys grouped per genders) and youth (elements from props of boy bands, symbolic gifts made by girls’ lads). The exhibits that evoke birth, childhood and youth are grouped into two exhibition modules that precede the traditions sector: those in the life cycle (wedding, funeral), those over the year (Christmas, New Year, Epiphany, Easter) and spring (Sângiorzul, Plugarul).