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“Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History is a public institution whose mission is the study of biodiversity through research based on the collections and through the knowledge exchange of the acquired information to the public, with educational and entertainment purposes, and with the purpose of bringing the knowledge about Romanian and worldwide fauna to the public, as well as increasing the awareness of the public about contemporary environment, species and habitats conservational efforts.
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Location: The address of „Grigore Antipa” Museum is 1 Şos. Kiseleff , sector 1, Bucureşti. The building was unveiled on May 24th 1908. The project of the building was made by Engineer Mihail Rocco, based on Grigore Antipa’s indications. Mihai Rocco is also the one who supervised the works. The façade was designed by Arch. Grigore Cerchez.
The permanent exhibition of the Museum is structured on three levels and it has more than 2,000 exhibits. On the basement, the Romanian biodiversity is presented and the five regions of the country are underlined: alpine, continental, Panonic, steppe and pontic. It is the largest number of bio-geographical regions of all the European countries. On the ground floor, the worldwide fauna is presented based on the bio-geographical criterion— each of the bio-geographical regions is presented in the dioramas, together with fluid preserved specimens. On the first floor, several themes are presented. You may find out more about the origins and evolution of life, paleontology, insect world and the complexity of the human species. This is also the level of the interactive spaces destined for children and not only.
Do you want to keep a souvenir of your visit? Go visit the Souvenir Shop.
- ‣ Wardrobe
- ‣ Physically challenged persons
- ‣ Multimedia Hall – which may be rented for various events
The general director of the Museum
The general director of “Grigore Antipa” Museum has been, since 2014, Luis Ovidiu Popa, Ph.D.
Heritage. Scientific collections
The Museum’s heritage comprises over 2 million exhibits. Inside the collections, the real treasure of the scientific heritage of the Museum are the type specimens, based on which new species were described. They are mostly specimens of foreign fauna and they are part of the invertebrates (6986 specimens), vertebrates (91 specimens) and paleontology (1 specimen).
The Museum has zoological collections of most of the animal groups, invertebrates and vertebrates (including fossils), but also collect ions of compared anatomy, geology (rocks and minerals), ethnography and anthropology, dioramas and bio-groups. The famous collections such as A. L. Montandon Heteroptera collection, Bielz mollusks collection, Antipa fish collection, Acad. Dr. Petru Bănărescu collection, Ostrogovich lepidopterans collection and mostly Aristide Caradja lepidopterans collection were the subject of research for many Romanian and international scientists.
Together with the „Oceanic Club”, „Grigore Antipa” Museum participated in the years 2005-2012, to expeditions in the Mediterranean area.
After December 1989, the collections continued to be enlarged through the material collected during travels throughout the country but also during the scientific expeditions organized by the Museum in Indonesia (1991) and Brazil (1994). The exchanges of zoological material, the research of collections from U.S.A, England, Germany, France, Brazil, Austria, Italy, Australia, Israel, Holland etc. made by the renowned Museum experts, as well as a series of valuable donations enriched the heritage of the Museum.
The research activity at the „Grigore Antipa” Museum focuses on investigating the fauna diversity of Romania and the whole world, part of the results having specific implications on the environmental sustainability. Recently, molecular biology research also takes place at the Museum.
The results of the scientific research are published in the annual Review Travaux du Museum d’Histoire Naturelle ‘’Grigore Antipa’’ published since 1957. The last number, vol.49/2006, was sent as part of the international publication exchange to 158 institutions in 35 countries.