"Babeş-Bolyai" University History Museum

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"Babeş-Bolyai" University History Museum
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The Museum was inaugurated in April 2001. The idea of such a museum was first discussed in 1994 at the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Cluj Romanian University and was again analyzed in 1999 at the 80th anniversary. Initially opened in only two rooms, the History Museum of the "Babeş-Bolyai" University was expanded in January 2002 in other three rooms. The permanent exhibition is organized chronologically, trying to outline the multicultural and multi-ethnical character of the university life in Cluj throughout the centuries. Our Museum hosts data and information about the evolution of the academic institutions of Cluj, starting with 1581 when a Jesuit College - pr...esided by the well-known monk Antonio Possevino - was founded in the city. A special attention is given to the history of the university, which is today known under the name of Babeş-Bolyai. With the help of old photographs, original documents or facsimiles, personal belongings of the professors, books written or used by them for the study of sciences or humanities, the history and activity of each college, faculty and university which existed in Cluj throughout the centuries, is reconstructed for our visitors. Our first exhibition displays present data about the students and professors who studied and worked at the colleges created by different religious orders - catholic or protestant - between the 16th and 19th centuries. Significant aspects of the evolution of the Hungarian University "Franz Josef", which functioned in Cluj between 1872 and 1918, when Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, are next displayed. Most of the permanent exhibition is however dedicated to the development and activity of the Romanian university,"King Ferdinand’’, which existed in Cluj between 1919 and 1945. Our permanent exhibition also displays information about the creation and evolution of the "Babeş-Bolyai" University, which appeared in 1959 by an unification of the Romanian and Hungarian universities, and has, since its appearance, transformed itself into a multicultural, European level university, with many Faculties and specializations and a high level of scientific research.

Strada Mihail Kogalniceanu nr. 4
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Near Unirii Square
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Monday - Friday: 9:30 - 13:30
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Babeş-Bolyai University
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dr. Ana-Maria Stan
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