Who would have thought that so many important poets and writers lived at some point in the capital of Romania? And kudos to those who kept their houses (or apartments) as literary museums for us to enjoy today.
Below is a list of the most important literary museums from Bucharest in no particular order.
Also, did I mention that they are very inexpensive?
George Bacovia literary museum
The most important symbolist poet from Romania was born in another town. So why is there a museum almost 300 km away from his birthplace?
There is another museum dedicated to Bacovia in Bacau. Still, as life turned out he found himself staying in Bucharest in his adult life: first, he was interned here (and during this period he published his most famous poem), and then he settled after marrying a teacher.
If the house was found in the outskirts of Bucharest in the 1930s now this region is full of town energy being so close to one of the biggest parks from the capital.
It is a modest house, with very few rooms.
Now you can look at the books whic he owned, the violin that he played, or the cat that awaits you and that seems to be from one of his books.
Tudor Arghezi literary museum (Mărțișor)
Hop on the bus to get to the next museum. Yes, it is that close to the previous museum.
Another great poet but who chose the world of children as a canvas for his creations when he did not write religious poems. Again, when he was alive this place was not part of Bucharest yet.
It is a much bigger house than Bacovia’s and you cannot shake the feeling that you step into the past and sense the real cottage core vibe feeling of his life (Arghezi sold cherries to support his life).
Again, much of his furniture and belongings remained in the house (this time you will see more toys) and after visiting the house you can lay flowers on his grave because he is buried in the house’s garden.
Anton Pann literary museum
If the other two museums were found outside of Bucharest and preserved the life of the poets, then the literary museum of Anton Pann will surprise you.
The only thing that remained from the time when the folklorist lived here is the… actually some bridges from the cellar.
But don’t climb back just yet. Look at the bottles. I will admit, you need to know Romanian to look at them. The bottles have quotes about drunkenness from Pann’s works and illustrations about drunk people. No one is spared by him: the cruel drunk, the woman who likes a glass, the fool who loses all his money. Pann described all of them and the museum put these descriptions in the cellar.
The museum tried to recreate the cultural and political life from the time of the folklorist. You can listen to various instruments and find out their origins, you can see pictures of the then Bucharest, and other clever inventions that seem so modern but were really common for Anton Pann.
And the best part? Is very close to the center of the town.
Ion Minulescu and Liviu Rebreanu literary museums
Not all writers could afford a house, some lived in apartments.
Do you want to know how to reach Minulescu’s museum after you saw Rebreanu’s? You walk out the door, turn right and knock on the first door.
Ion Minulescu was a poet and novelist and Liviu Rebreanu wrote the first Romanian book.
Both apartments look very different from the communist style that you may associate with Romania. They are very chic and in both of their houses, you can find their original furniture and many many books and paintings.
You have to buy two tickets to see both museums but it would be a real shame if you did not.