The building is a historic monument dating from the 18th century, the military headquarters of the 2nd Romanian border regiment. The Năsăud Museum includes a folk art and ethnography department (tools and costumes specific of Someşul Mare Valley), and another one relating to personalities on the Năsăud border territory. The collection also comprises medals donated by Iuliu Moisil, plants classified by A. P. Alexi and Florian Porcius, paintings by Sever Mureşanu, herbariums. It was established on the initiative of some local intellectuals, starting from the collections of Iuliu Moisil, Iulian Marţian and Virgil Şotropa. In 1937, these collections were t...ransferred to the State Archives - Năsăud division. The museum was reorganized in 1946 and moved into "Svarda" building, a historic monument. In 1951, the funds of this institution split, making up the State Archives Subsidiary, the Library of the Academy and the Năsăud Museum.