ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, situated 7km from Sibiu, in Dumbrava Sibiului Park, is the largest and most beautiful open air exhibition space in Romania.
In August 1905, the Transylvanian Association for Romanian Literature and Culture of the Romanian People inaugurated its most important institution, the ASTRA Museum. In 1960, after it became the second largest cultural institution in the region, after the Brukenthal Museum, the museum was attributed the necessary land for organizing its outdoor exhibition. Specialists from the Ethnography and Folk Art sections of the Brukenthal Museum Complex designed the project of the outdoor museum, which was to be called the Museum of Folk Technics. The museum, inaugurated in 1967, was composed of four thematic sectors, each divided in other smaller groups, and dealt with wood, clay, metals, textile industry, hunting, fishing, agriculture or pomiculture.
Between 1980 and 2000, the museum was enlarged, by integrating monuments of folk architecture. Therefore, the museum became more complex and managed to cover the entire field of traditional folk civilization. In 1990, the Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization separated itself from the Brukenthal Museum Complex and was added the name “ASTRA”, in order to regain its original patrimonial continuity. At the beginning of the 2000s, ASTRA National Museum Complex was founded, having the widest ethno-museum structure in Romania. It distinctly treats the specific of the Romanian and Saxon cultures, but also of the extra-European peoples in each of its structures: ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, ASTRA Museum of Transylvanian Civilization, Emil Sigerus Museum of Ethnography and Saxon Folk Art and Franz Binder Museum of Universal Ethnography.
ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization spreads on an area of approximately 100 hectares, displaying over 300 authentic buildings brought from all parts of the country, a complex collection of rural architecture monuments. Today, the museum offers its visitors many facilities and services that will transpose you into the real rural life of Romania: sleigh drives in the museum, traditional games, boating on the lake or accommodation in cottages.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
How to get there:
ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization is situated 3km from Sibiu (7km from Sibiu city centre), in Dumbrava Sibiului Park.
By car: Follow Victoriei Blvd and then turn left on Avrig St. Turn right on Calea Dumbrăvii and continue for 3km on Calea Rășinari until you reach the museum.
By bus/tram: From the train station, take bus #13 to ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization.