It was established on the 10th of April 1914, but got the name of "Vasile Pârvan Museum" in 1957. It started with the archaeology - history - coins department and the art gallery. In the year 1956 emerged the natural sciences department, and in 1965 the department called "Outstanding People of Bârlad". The museum was established due to the initiative of the teacher Stroe Belloescu and of a few Bârlad intellectuals. During the existence of the museum its collections grew owing to the donations on behalf of some great personalities. In 1993 the Museum of Collections opened, that presents six collections donated during the 84 years by the priest Gheorghe Urs...259;cescu, Ion Chiricuţă, doctor Marcel Vainfeld, colonel engineer Ion Negoescu, the actress Clody Bertola, Prof. George Ivaşcu. The museum comprises several locations, the headquarters being the Central Palace, a monument from the 19th century, former premises of the Tutova County Prefecture. Other locations include: Sturdza House, a monument dating to 1818, a former private home; Miclescu House from the 19th century, a former private home. The museum has conserved and exhibited archaeological finds (bronze finds storeroom, Neolithic statuary art items, jewels from the 3rd - 4th centuries), coins (Roman and mediaeval hoards), history items (documents, books, weapons and accessories from the 7th - 8th centuries, items regarding some Bârlad personalities), art items (paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture and tapestry, pottery, porcelain pieces, glassware, jewels from the 17th - 18th centuries). The museum owns goods listed in the National Cultural Heritage Treasure.