National Museum of Romanian History (MNIR) celebrates 45 years of existence through a large series of events held from May 8 to 12, 2017, at the Museum’s premises located in 12 Calea Victoriei, Bucharest.
The events dedicated to the celebration will start on Monday, May 8, with the official opening which will be attended by high officials, important representatives of the cultural institutions in Romania, partners, supporters and close collaborators of the institution, who were and continue to support the museum. On this occasion, the MNIR 45 exhibition will be inaugurated; it presents the history of the Mail Palace (Palatul Postelor) – the symbol building of Bucharest –, the museum’s establishment, evolution and collections, its own periodicals, virtual projects and future plans. At the end of the day, we will enjoy a classical music recital held by the talented students of the National College of Arts “Dinu Lipatti”. May 9 is the day dedicated to the museum’s professionals. In the first part of the day, seniors, those who brought an important contribution to the development and affirmation of the National Museum of Romanian History, will briefly present their scientific career, as well as the memorable experiences they had within MNIR. In the second part of the day, presentations of the specialized departments will take place. The opening of the exhibition entitled “Sarmizegetusa – the Beginnings of the Roman Dacia” will take place at 18.00; it is an exhibition project that brings to the attention of the public and professionals scientific data and cultural assets of primary importance resulted from recent archeological excavations made in this valuable ancient city.
On Wednesday, May 10, starting at 11.00, there will take place movie screenings (The Inauguration of May 8, 1972), reportages and documentaries on the National Museum of the History of the Socialist Republic of Romania, made by the Romanian Television at that time. Materials have been kindly offered by the Media Archive of TVR, one of the official partners of the event.
On May 11, at 11.00, the MNIR 45 press conference will be held, being followed by the MNIR Awards for Mass-Media ceremony, where anniversary diplomas will be granted as appreciation for the journalists who showed professionalism in promoting the events organized by the museum.
A new screening of the movie The Hunt for Transylvanian Gold will take place on the same day, at 16.30, in the presence of the Prosecutor General of Romania, Dr. Augustin Lazar.
The celebration will continue on Friday, May 12, with educational and creation workshops, harnessing the rich heritage of the museum. Starting at 11.00, children will learn the story of the Thinker of Cernavoda; at 13.00, they will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of numismatics, and at 15.00 they will attend a presentation of weapons in the museum’s collections. At 17.00, there will be presented the documentaries made by the UNATC students within the project entitled “MNIR – The Exhibition and People”. The access of the public at the anniversary events is free on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 10 to 12). The National Museum of Romanian History can be visited for free also between May 4 and 14, 2017.
National Museum of Romanian History, founded in 1970 and inaugurated in 1972, is one of the representative institutions of the Romanian culture. The museum is hosted by a building which is a historical monument previously called Palatul Postelor (Mail Palace – e.n.), built between 1894 and 1899, based on the plans of the Architect Alexandru Savulescu.