The National Museum of the Romanian Literature was founded in 1957, under the management of Dumitru Panaitescu Perpessicius and under the auspices of the Writers’ Union of Romania. The current headquarters was granted to the museum no sooner than 1967, and it is to Tudor Arghezi that the institution owes its present location. We speak of one of the most beautiful of the rare Neo-Classical buildings in Bucharest, a structure locally referred to as Casa Scarlat Kretzulescu (Scarlat Kretzulescu House). Despite the fact the building was granted to the museum in 1967, the building became the headquarters proper of the institution no sooner than 1971.

The mission of the National Museum of the Romanian Literature is to retrace the history of the Romanian literature and to convey a unitary picture of its inner specificity. Thus, the museological patrimony consists of some 300,000 exhibits, ranging from manuscripts and old books to periodicals and a wealth of items with documentary value. The permanent collection (which is displayed in 8 different exhibition rooms) is complemented by pieces of furniture and personal effects that belonged to the celebrated figures of the history of the Romanian literature, as well as by visual artworks.

In order to enhance the dissemination of the historical information, the museum also uses up-to-date technologies (such as touch screen devices) which lend a prominent interactive character to its way of conceiving a complete manner of delivering the essentials of the Romanian literature.

Of course, the museum is also home to sundry temporary exhibitions and, in order to diversify the approaches of the Romanian literature, there’s also plenty of theme exhibitions meant to offer multiple perspectives and manners of understanding the literary phenomenon. The museum is also in charge with managing 6 memorial houses, of which 4 are located in Bucharest, one in the county of Dâmboviţa and the last in the county of Neamţ. The ones located in Bucharest refer to the Tudor Arghezi Memorial House, George and Agata Bacovia Memorial House, Liviu and Fany Rebreanu Memorial House and Ion Minulescu and Claudia Millian Memorial House. These branches complement the patrimony of the National Museum of the Romanian Literature with collections dedicated to the particular personalities the memory of whom they are meant to keep alive.

National Museum of the Romanian Literature (Muzeul Naţional al Literaturii Române)
12, Blvd. Dacia, Bucharest, Romania
0040 021 2129652
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