The Cotroceni National Museum is worth visiting not only by force of the value of its showcased collections, but also due to the fact it is set in one of the most exceptionally beautiful buildings in Bucharest: the Cotroceni Palace. The origins of the palace date back to the second half of the 17th century, when the original core of the present structure was erected by order of Şerban Cantacuzino.
The museum as such features fine and decorative art collections, as well as collections of coins, archeological findings, items of historical value and medals, with a total museological asset of some 20,000 items.
A special attention is drawn by the sacred art collection, which consists chiefly of wood icons dating back to the 18th and the 19th centuries. However, the fine art section (paintings, graphic art and sculptures alike) is complemented by works by Romanian and foreign artists: Benedict Gănescu, Mac Constantinescu, Miliţa Petraşcu, Houdon Jean Antoine, Frederic Storck, Georges Gardet.
Visitors might also be interested in studying the collections of furniture (pieces of furniture designed in sundry historical styles, from the Empire style to Oriental concepts), ceramics, splendid glassware, tapestries and the like.
Note that visits are available only on request, which is why reservations are required.
1, Blvd. Geniului, Bucharest, Romania