The Peasant Museum is one of the most enjoyable in Bucharest, although it is difficult not to leave without feeling that it could be so much better. Housed in a wonderful red brick building designed by Nicolae Ghica-Budeşti, dating from 1912, the museum offers a range of exhibitions showing you all you need to know about the diverse and fascinating history of life around the Romanian countryside over the past four centuries. There are exhibitions covering all aspects of Romanian peasant life, from hand-painted Easter eggs and terracotta pottery to colourful religious icons and a huge range of traditional clothing. Replicas of some of what is on display can be bought in the excellent museum shop. Fittingly for the building that from 1948-89 was home to the Museum of the Communist Party and Romanian Revolutionary Workers Movement, there is a collectivisation exhibition in the basement. The Peasant Museum hosts excellent craft, gift and antique fairs in its courtyard almost every weekend. It also has a good café and bistro, with an open terrace.
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