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National History and Archaeology Museum

Museum code6926500
NameNational History and Archaeology Museum
AddressPiaţa Ovidiu nr. 12
Postal code900745
Telephone+4 0241 614 562; +4 0341 408 739
Fax+4 0241.618.763
E-MAIL addressminaconstanta@gmail.com
AccessDN 3, DN 2A (E60); DN 22 national road
Time table9:00 - 20:00 (1st of May-30th of September); 9:00 - 17:00; Monday, Tuesday: closed (1st of October-30th of Aprilie
Directordr. Sorin Marcel Colesniuc
Collection(s)TThe first attempts at establishing a museum in Constanţa date from the first half of the 19th century. However, the Romanian Academy and the local authorities took an interest in ancient vestiges only after the Independence War (1877 - 1878) and the integration of Dobrudja in the Romanian state. Remus Opreanu, the first Romanian prefect in Dobrudja, and the school inspector Ion Bănescu gathered vestiges in Constanţa and from its surroundings and sheltered them in the building of the Prefecture. The small museum fell apart because of a fire in 1882. The rescued monuments were sheltered in the "Pavilion" of the public garden. After many shifts, the National History and Archaeology Museum was completely reorganized in 1977. The museum building was raised in the early 20th century, with a specific Romanian architecture for the local administration. The Constanţa City Hall gave it to the museum in 1977. There are collections of prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and mediaeval archaeology: flint tools, pottery, stone, bronze and iron tools and weapons, architectural elements, sculptural art, glass pottery, bronze statuettes, jewels, bronze, silver and gold coins (Scythian coins as unique items); history items. Two ground floor halls display the archaeological monuments of high value, rarities and unique items: the "Tanagra" type statuette collection (of the Hellenistic and early Roman Ages); anthropomorphous pottery or Dionysius figures; the sculpture treasure discovered in 1962 in Constanţa (the bust of goddess Isis, the aedicule bearing the double figure of the goddess Nemesis, the statuette group Fortune with Pontos, the statue of the Serpent Glykon, etc.); the imperial portraits collection (Antoninus Pius, Caracalla, Gordianus III, Philip the Arab, Constantine); gold jewellery collection (rings, earrings, bracelets etc.), gems and cameos; the silver pottery treasure discovered at Sucidava - Izvoarele. The first floor of the museum is organized chronologically - from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages: the mammoth fangs of Poarta Albă (the White Gate), Hamangia culture pottery; the Mycenaean sword of Medgidia (14th century BC) and the deposits of sickles, axes and bronze ornaments found at N. Bălcescu, Constanţa, Gura Dobrogei; the limestone statue of a Thraco-Scythian ruler (found at Sibioara) and a bronze religious kettle (found at Castelu), both from the 5th century BC; the Greek amphora collection and marble architectonic fragments from the public edifices of the Hellenistic Period, found at Tomis, Histria, Callatis; epigraphic monuments from the archaeological site of Albeşti. The Roman Period includes: epigraphic monuments, stamped bricks, mile pillars, architectural elements, agriculture tools, pottery - the lamps collection, lay, votive and funerary sculpture (busts, a sun dial, figures of Venus, Apollo, Hercules, Cybela, the Thracian Knight, funerary portraits and steles). The last two halls of the floor illustrate the final stage of the formation of the Romanian people: a reconstituted Romanian dwelling of Capidava from the 10th century, religious items, as well as the monastery of Basarabi. The Byzantine Age includes: the coin collection found at Isaccea, pottery, tools and ornaments found at Gârliţa, Capul Viilor (Histria), Castelu, Dinogetia etc. The 17th - 18th centuries are illustrated by weapons, religious objects and books, ornaments, domestic utensils and enamelled pottery. The 3rd floor illustrates the age between the late Middle Ages up to 1940: three-dimensional objects, original documents and photographs, books, maps, scale models. The museum owns goods listed in the National Cultural Heritage Treasure.
Historic Monument building Historic Monument building CT-II-m-A-02831
General profileArchaeology
Main profileArchaeology
WEB addresshttps://www.minac.ro
Virtual Tourhttp://www.cjc.ro/MINAC/ro/despre.html; http://360.inp.org.ro/images/muzeu-constanta/tour.html
Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/minaconstanta
PublicationsPontica, Analele Dobrogei, seria nouă; Bibliotheca tomitana.
Online Publicationshttp://www.minac.ro/publicatii.php (articole scanate)
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