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National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History

National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History

Founded in October 1889, the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History is the country’s oldest museum. It was initially established as a museum of agriculture but then expanded to embrace the study of Bessarabian culture. Today, the museum represents an important scientific and cultural institution with much international acclaim. The museum moved to its current location after its completion in 1905. The architect Vladimir Tsiganko adorned the building with a signature frontal façade which consists of a triangular pediment supported by two Doric columns. The rest of the building, with its partially-stone partially-plastered walls, has a semi-basement appearance. The interior is split into two main sections — one, exhibiting Moldova’s flora and fauna and its transformation over the years. The other, featuring Moldovan people and their traditions, allows visitors to trace Moldovan ethnicity’s evolution. The collection includes paleontological, ethnographic, and archaeological finds. There is a small fee charged at the entrance. The museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 10 am to 6 pm. After visiting the museum, one may also want to take a stroll in the oldest in Moldova botanical garden located nearby.
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