President Klaus Iohannis on Monday bestowed a Cultural Merit award on the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum of Bucharest on the museum’s 80th anniversary, at a ceremony hosted by the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
“This distinction reflects the high commendation of the Romanian state to a museum that has won a major place for itself in the Romanian culture and research, and even in the hearts of Romanians. The village in mid-Bucharest became famous at home and abroad for being one of Romania’s main tourist attractions. Behind this fame, there is a huge quantity of work to save and bring in the most representative traditional structures and installations, protecting them against the wear and tear of time, continual expansion of the outdoor museum, cultivating traditions, crafts and folk arts, organising events and exhibitions for all publics. Let me congratulate you on all this and wish you that many happy returns of the day,” Iohannis said at the ceremony.
He added that in two days’ time it is the International Museum Day. “I am using this opportunity to wish good health and strength, satisfactions and achievements in preserving and capitalising on the national cultural heritage to all those who bring life to museums by their work,” said Iohannis.
“This high commendation is of the Village Museum on its 80th anniversary, and especially of the generations of curators and specialists who have fought for 80 years to keep the museum running, to save it in critical times and turn it into the institution it is today, a prestigious institution, the most visited museum in Romania,” said Village Museum manager Paula Popoiu.
President Iohannis signed a decree decorating the Village Museum on its 80th anniversary this March.
He bestowed a Cultural Merit in rank of Grand Officer, Class F Culture Promotion award “in recognition of its competence and professionalism displayed in time for the conservation and promotion of the national cultural heritage and active involvement in organising very prestigious cultural events.”