The beautiful, monumental and simply superb Neo-Classical building that houses Romania's National History Museum was constructed from 1894-1900 to the designs of local architect Alexandru Săvulescu. It originally served as the headquarters of Poşta Romană, the Romanian postal service. When the post office moved away in 1970, the History Museum moved in. The museum is home to some of Romania's greatest posessions. Down in the lapidarium is a full-scale replica of Trajan's Column, while the Romanian Treasury includes jewellery from the time of the Geto-Dacians, as well as the current Romanian Crown Jewels, including the king's crown and an amazing selection of emeralds made for Queen Marie, wife of Romanian King Ferdinand and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
The bizarre statue on the museum’s steps - which appeared during May 2012 - allegedly represents the emperor Trajan holding a wolf. It has not unsurprisingly been the subject of much ridicule, and is a popular object for both locals and visitors to have their photo taken with. Ironically, of course.
Until March 2017 the museum is hosting an excellent exhibition exploring Romania's role in World War I.