Sibiu

Franz Binder Museum of Ethnography

  Piata Mica 11      (+4) 0269 20 24 09     more than a year ago
This old-fashioned yet charming museum (housed inside the Casa Herme, complete with creaking wooden floors) is based mainly on the personal collection of the man for whom the museum is named: Franz Binder. Born in 1824, Binder, like many of his era, had a passion for exploring, and spent decades in Africa making a fortune as a merchant and collecting African antiquities and fine art. In 1862 he donated the lot to the city of Sibiu, at a stroke creating the first real museum of non-European art in Transylvania. The museum also includes the collections of many other pioneers of the age, bringing together traditional, indigenous art from all over the world. Recently, the tradition of donating to the museum has been taken up once more: the Indonesian Embassy in Bucharest for example offered a selection of Indonesian popular art. Look out for objects marked as being 'repartitie guvernamentala': staff told us this usually means it was a gift from some third world dictator to Nicolae Ceausescu. Temporary exhibitions are housed in the basement.

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Email

binder@muzeulastra.ro

Open

OpenĀ 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon.
From May Open: 10:00 - 18:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 5 lei adults, 1 leu children, students.

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