It is the first museum of Maramures, built in the latter part of the 19th century by one of the representatives of illustrious Mihaly of Apşa family, Peter Mihaly. The house was the first museum of Maramureş, sheltered and meetings of the Association for Culture of the Romanian People from Maramureş (established on 13 December 1860) whose mentor and supporter was his whole life, patronized meetings of Dragoşiana Reading Society, founded in 1867 and located in the house, supported and guided Preparandia (first Romanian educational institute, 1862), was a patron for artists, the supporter of Simon Hollosyi and his students, school founder of Baia Mare painting school and cr...eator in Munich. In this house he raised 12 children, four boys and eight girls, who in their turn each have done something for the Romanian people. Here there were received, before and after 1918, great personalities of Romanian culture : Nicolae Iorga, John Bianu, and Liviu Rebreanu Cincinat Pavelescu, I. Al. Basarabescu, Alfred Moşoiu, Camil Petrescu, Gustav Waigand, Dimitrie Gusti, Constantin Brăiloiu and other Romanian and foreign scholars. Here, today, a museum is organized due to a donation of the family: in 4 rooms we see vintage interior with original furniture, library, a rich collection of paintings and documents. The other three large rooms on the first floor are dedicated to history of culture and contribution of Maramureş people in the Great Union of Romanians. Downstairs in six large halls are exhibited paintings painted by Traian Bilţiu-Dăncuş and Georges Chivu, graphics by Vasile Kazar, an art collection donated by medical scientist Professor Alexander Ciplea and a collection of 19th century works of art, all with reference to Maramureş.