Brukenthal Museum

  Piata Mare 4-5      (+4) 0269 21 76 91     more than a year ago
This is an outstanding museum based around the collection of Samuel von Brukenthal, an 18th century governor of Sibiu who sponsored major cultural projects in an effort to make Sibiu a centre of intellectualism. (His legacy includes both a school on Piata Huet and the museum that carries his name). Built between 1778 and 1788 as a private house, the modern day museum is home to over 1000 works of art by artists as diverse as Van Mieris, Carriera, da Cadore, Raoux and Titian, and often includes modern works commissioned from local artists especially for the museum. Other exhibitions not to be missed include the Transylvanian sculptures in stone, print works, stamps, carpets and the Gothic exhibition: the latter is the first permanent exhibition to explore the roots of the phenomenon in the visual arts of the late 18th and 19th centuries, emphasizing literary sources and the historical context of the Neo-Gothic reaction to the enlightenment. To be honest, there is not a duff collection in the entire building, and you really should allow yourself enough time to have the luxury of being able to see it all.

Tel / Fax

(+4) 0269 21 76 91 / (+4) 0269 21 15 45



Open April-September 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Open October-March 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 20 lei, children 5 lei. For the Romanian Art Gallery you need to pay extra: 12 lei for adults, children 3 lei.. You can also buy a ticket valid for all parts of the Brukenthal Museum (including both of the exhibitions in the palace as well as the Casa Altemberger, the History of Pharmacy Museum, the August von Spiess Hunting Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum) for 45 lei, children 11.25 lei.


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Ken Smith
San Francisco
Quite honestly, I read this review and made it my first stop after touring the town. I have to say, this is probably the most unfriendly museum I have visited in 50 countries. There is no signage, and they constantly hound you about touring each floor in the "correct" direction. Yet, while your going in their direction you see scores of people headed the opposite way. They have no signs about photography, and the minute I took out my camera and snapped a shot of a room (with no flash) they swarmed me again scolding me. I suggested they put up signs for all their rules so people could actually "enjoy" the experience. The art was very underwhelming and I personally would suggest you snap a photo of the beautiful facade, then use your time and money simply strolling through the beautiful village, enjoying the nice cafes and plazas. It's a cranky, boring museum.
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