Pharmacy Museum

In the center of Cluj-Napoca, in the southern corner of Unirii Square, in 1954, professor Bologa from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy founded a museum: the Pharmacy History Collection. It is under the coordination of the National History Museum of Transylvania and is located in the oldest pharmacy in Cluj, the Hintz house. The first documentary attestation of this space as a pharmacy was in 1573, the building being owned between 1863-1949 by the Hintz family of pharmacists.

In recent years, the building has undergone extensive renovation and expansion. The collection includes a number of approximately 7000 authentic objects, presenting the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry and medicine in Transylvania. The unique 18th century pharmaceutical decorations provide the background for presenting the atmosphere of a traditional pharmacy. The vast majority of the exhibits belong to the objects collection of professor Iuliu Orient (1869-1940) – old pieces of furniture from the 17th – 19th centuries, wooden vessels and prints.

The museum space faithfully reproduces the structure of a medieval Transylvanian pharmacy: the Oficina, the room where medicines were sold, the materials room for the storage of raw materials and the laboratory for the production of medicines using different technologies.

Address: Unirii Square, no. 28, Cluj-Napoca

Phone:  (004) 0741-114.389, (004) 0264-593.814

Web: www.muzeulfarmaciei.mnit.ro

E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Schedule:  Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00–18:00 

Sâncraiu traditional house

In the center of the Sâncraiu commune is a traditional house belonging to the Hungarian community, dating back to 1870. In its rooms, three thematic exhibitions are organized meant to present the specific treasure of the area: 

  • room 1: collection of painted plates and other ceramic objects;
  • room 2: wood carving workshop;
  • room 3: clean room, specific to the Land of Călata: painted plates, collection of folk costumes, bed with embroidered pillows, collection of crowns, etc.

Phone: (004) 0745-637.352

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.davincze.ro/ro/contact/

The traditional house – Owl Fortress

In 1870, in the Văleni village, Călățele commune, the Pandur family built a house with only one room, later known as the one-beam house. In the first decades of the 20th century the house was extended, by sticking to the east side another house which was demolished and stuck in the position where it is still found today. After 1981, the house was used by the young people of the village for meetings during the winter holidays, they named it «Bagoly Vár» (Owl House). Currently, the property is owned by two Scottish citizens who founded the association – TARNAT- Kalotaszeg Durabil. A part of the house is organized as a small village museum, where workshops and meetings related to the traditional techniques of restoring old houses are organized. 

Phone: (004) 0731-629.418

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/tarnatkalataszegdurabil

Transylvania Steampunk Museum

Address: Ștefan O. Iosif Street, no. 4, Cluj-Napoca 

Phone: (004) 0364-737.247

Web: www.steampunk.ro

          www.facebook.com/steampunk.transylvania

Schedule: Monday-Sunday 12-21

Steampunk Transylvania is the first museum dedicated to steampunk aesthetics in Europe, which awaits the curious to discover the secrets of some worlds that until now could only be found in the books of Jules Verne.

Futuristic yet retro at the same time, Steampunk is a truly unique genre as it combines 19th century aesthetics and technology with elements of science fiction. The literary and audiovisual works based on this concept take place in an alternate reality where technological progress is based not on electricity, but on the steam engine.

The museum spans two floors, and once you step behind the curtain, you enter a completely different world than the usual one. Part of the decor is part of the permanent collection, but periodically, the museum administrators have proposed to present other exhibits as well.

Piatra Craiului Monastery Museum

Address: Bucea Village, Negreni Commune

Phone: (004) 0722-823.300 

Web: www.manastireapiatracraiului.ro/

An ethnographic exhibition space was set up in the premises belonging to the Monastery of St. Ioan Jacob from Hozeva in Bucea village. The basic exhibition is composed of elements specific to the Romanian community from the villages surrounding the Piatra Craiului massif: traditional carpets, fabrics, elements of traditional techniques used to make the fabrics.

The Xylography Museum

Address: Principală Street, no. 52, Hășdate, Gherla

Phone: (004) 0766-241.181 

E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Web: www.muzeuldexilogravura.ro/xilogravuranoua.html

The Hășdate area was one of the areas where, in the medieval period, the craft of wood engraving developed. The first woodcuts known and preserved in the Hășdate area are dated 1787. The first artifact of this type is signed by the craftsman Gheorghe Pop from Hășdate, who came from a family that had come to the area in the 16th century from Moldova.

The museum is made by one of the descendants of the Pop family who brought this craft to the Hășdate area out of the desire to bring back to the community’s attention the popular artistic phenomenon that was specific to the area in the 18th century.

The Mill Museum

Address: Bologa Village, Poieni Commune

Phone: (004) 0740-161.782

E-mail: [email protected] 

Web: www.facebook.com/moaradeapabologa

In the Bologa village, a few km from Road E60, which connects Cluj-Napoca and Oradea, we find one of the monuments of traditional rural architecture in Transylvania: the Bologa Watermill. This mill is kept in the backyard of some locals and is in perfect working order, representing a true open-air museum piece.

Visitors can observe the functionality of a mill, which is still used today for washing traditional upholstery elements. In the main room of the mill, a collection of objects specific to the local Romanian community from the mountain area of ​​Cluj county was arranged.

Constantin Prezan Museum

Address: Ștefan cel Mare Square, no. 1-3, Cluj-Napoca

Phone: (004) 0264-596.981

Web: www.muzeulmilitar.ro/cluj-napoca/expozitii/

Schedule: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

The permanent exhibition of the «Marshal Constantin Prezan» Military Museum, the «Transylvania» Branch of the «King Ferdinand I» National Military Museum, presents the history of the Transylvania region and its military evolution from antiquity, the Middle Ages and the modern period to the present day. The collection totals over 300 heritage objects and photo panels, four rooms being dedicated to the activity of the 4th «Gemina» Infantry Division and its missions in the international theaters of operations.

Also highlighted are the personalities of Marshal Constantin Prezan, the first commander of the 4th (Northern) Army in 1916 and of Generals Gheorghe Avramescu and Nicolae Dascălescu, both commanders of the same Army Corps in the Second World War.

For the hall dedicated to the ancient period, the Museum’s specialists collaborated with those of the National Museum of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca regarding the theme of ideas and objects.

Moldovenești Village Museum

Address: Moldovenești commune

Phone: (004) 0364-801.900 

E-mail: moldoveneș[email protected]

Web: www.primariamoldovenesti.ro/Muzeul-satului-Moldovenesti

In the Moldovenești commune, a few km from Turda, the local community decided to open a museum that would present the main values ​​of a traditional household. The exhibition space is organized in a traditional house, the building being one of the oldest in the village, built in 1823 according to the inscription at the entrance to the cellar. The house was bought by the Local Council and turned into a museum of the Moldovenești village. It was inaugurated in the summer of 2019, hosting a collection of traditional objects, specific to life in the area, objects donated by locals.

Viișoara Village Museum

Address: Primăverii Street, no. 50, Viișoara

Phone: (004) 0264-327.560, (004) 0264-327.601

E-mail: [email protected] 

Schedule: Monday – Friday: prior appointment

 In the Viișoara commune, near the city of Câmpia Turzii, the local public authority set up a small museum point, inaugurated in 2016 in the building where the first Romanian school operated at the beginning of the 20th century. The heritage objects were donated by the inhabitants of the area, most of them being used in peasant households from the end of the 9th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Starting from 2022, the museum has an ethnographic section in the Urca village, within the Cultural Home of this village.