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The History Museum of Gorj County is located in the center of Targu Jiu, in a beautiful historical building on Geneva St. 8, very close to the “Heroes Path” Monumental Complex. Situated only 10 minutes away on foot from any of the Constantin Brancusi masterpieces and 5 minutes from the very center of the city, the museum is extremely accessible. The museum is open each day except Mondays, from 9 am to 5 pm. The entry ticket is …

The idea to initiate a historical museum of the county began more than a century ago, under the influence of several important scientists and personalities. Alexandru Stefulescu, the historian that gave its name to the present day museum, had begun a small collection of history of archaeology back in 1893. The founding document was established in 1894 and declared the purpose of the museum to research and gather historical facts and relics, among others.

Initially, the collection was organized in two rooms of the Administration Palace of those times, the present headquarters of the museum, a beautiful building built between 1870 and 1875. While the original collections were small and scarce, it has expanded greatly over time, presenting valuable and interesting objects and documents. The location of the museum changed through time, the war and other events bringing losses and reorganizations. Eventually, the current building was established as the History section of the Gorj County Museum in 1981. The museum is organized on two levels and 12 rooms, each one with its own special theme and historical period. The well though and innovative display of the collections creates a visual and interactive experience, visitors being immersed in a perfectly reproduced world and time period.

The first rooms present the ancient history of Gorj County, with a Stone Age room that contains a Homo Sapiens skull aged at 29,000 years discovered in Muierii Cave, an Iron and Bronze Age room, followed by the Dacian and Roman periods, with rich coins, ceramics, weapons and jewelry collections.  Another room is dedicated to the old traditions and crafts of the inhabitants, as well as a room that displays religious history, with an old altar from the wooden churches of Gorj County. Other rooms include traditional art and costumes, important historical personalities, the Communist era, as well as contemporary history. The History Museum of Gorj County is among the most inciting and rewarding destinations, and although not as vast, it provides an amazing chance to discover the past of this place. Well organized and presented, the valuable collections and treasures of the museum shed light on the long history of Gorj County.