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Dej City Museum

Museum code7024900
NameDej City Museum
AddressPiaţa Bobâlna nr. 2
Postal code405200
E-MAIL addressmuzeu@dej.ro
Time tableTuesday - Friday and Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00
DirectorConstantin Albineţ
Collection(s)The Dej City Museum is located in a building in the historical centre of Dej City, situated in the main square - Bobâlna Square. The building was raised in 1860 by the architect Grigore Pongracz, and the owner of the building was the nobleman (Baron) Nalaczi Carol. Initially, the building was supposed to be the "Green Wood" Restaurant and Hotel, but during the interwar period the name of the building changed into "Europe" Restaurant and Hotel. After World War II the building became state property, and kept its profile, receiving new names, such as: "Red Flag" and later "Someş". In 1997 the museum was removed from the initial location - the Franciscan Monastery Clauster - and due to a decision of the Dej Local Council moved to the current building. The history of the museum was dramatic. In 1899 the members of the "Society for Literature, History and Ethnography of the Solnoc-Dăbâca District" lay the foundation for a museum collection comprising 3,791 archaeology, art and ethnography items at the State High School in Dej. In 1900, following a inspection from the Inspectorate for Museums, it ceased to function because of inadequate maintenance and operation conditions. Until 1904 the materials were transferred to the Transylvanian Museum in Cluj and to the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest. In 1925 the City Council took the decision to establish a small communal, and in 1932 the "Dej City Museum and Library Regulations" were signed. On the 8th of September 1940 the city was invaded by the Horthy troops, that stormed the museum, and the manager Liviu Deac was forced into refuge. Upon his return, in 1944, he tried to recover the remains spread in the museum, but the Komintern authorities burned a part of the museum and rare book heritage. Between 1952 and 1953 the heritage moved to the ground floor of the Prefecture (in the current City Hall). In 1968 the museum rose to the municipal rank and succeeded in extending to the building of the old City Hall, but in 1974, under unsafe conditions, it was forced into moving to another place, in the wet semi-basement of the Franciscan Clauster. The fine and decorative art collection includes paintings and sculptures carried out by the students of the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute for Fine Arts in Bucharest, as they were donated to the museum in 1971, due to Professor Raoul Şorban, Ph.D. The archaeology collection comprises archaeological finds achieved on the territory of Dej City, and nearby. Most artefacts include Roman inscriptions (votive and funerary altars), architectonic fragments, water feed pipes, pottery fragments, lamps, weapons, coins and other items. All these artefacts were uncovered in the Roman camp of Căşeiu - Samum, 6 km away from Dej. The history collection includes several categories of museum objects: coats of arms carved in stone, weaponry (swords, spear tips, arrows, rifles, pistols, helmets, campaigns chests, a.s.o.) from different historical periods, guild chests, tools, flags, stamps, pottery, original or copy historical documents, rare books written in the Slavonic, Latin, Hungarian and German languages. The science and technology collection includes a mining history department - salt mining at Ocna Dej. Here one can see mediaeval mining tools, a salt weighing tool, a wooden wheelbarrow for salt transport, a device for lifting the salt, miner oil lamps, contemporary machinery models, copy documents, proving the privileges received by miners from kings and Hungarian princes, a.s.o. A well represented department is represented by the numismatic collection counting over 2,000 coins, from various periods (the 14th - 20th centuries). A special find is the hoard uncovered by chance at Nireş (close to Dej), made up of 30 silver coins. The icon collection includes old wooden icons from the 18th - 19th centuries. They depict some Saints, Jesus Christ in various hypostases, the Virgin Mary and other biblical scenes. In the Art Gallery, inaugurated on the 4th of March 1972, temporary exhibitions are organized, especially contemporary fine arts.
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