The National Village Museum is an outdoor museum with a surface of 10 ha, situated in the Herastrau park. The venue aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the architectural styles used in building the traditional rural buildings throughout Romania. The houses are furnished with authentic items (old furniture, tapestries, tools) in order to render as closely as possible the atmosphere of the rural life from the XVIIth up to the XXth century.
The representative monuments which are presented in the museum prove the architecture to be one of the most complex aspects of the ethnographic creation. It shows imagination, resourcefulness, concern for comfort and care for design.
The constructions in the village museum are ecological structures. Materials like wood, clay, hay, cane and straws have been used for centuries. Using them for a long time led to knowing their properties, perfecting the crafts and finding the most diverse ways of using them.
Nowadays, traditional houses are replaced by contemporary ones, traditional tools are replaced by new, modern, more efficient ones and handmade things are replaced by industrial objects. At the same time, an increase of interest towards traditions and unique handmade objects is registered worldwide. The purpose is to keep cultural identity within the globalization process. Thus, tradition becomes a source of imagination for designers.
This is a unique chance for you as a tutor to discover, together with your team, the vernacular constructions, crafts, traditional materials and furniture, and to study the Romanian traditional construction techniques through collaboration with local craftsmen.
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 28-30, București 011347