National Museum of Union, Alba Iulia

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The National Museum of the Union is a history and archaeology museum in Alba-Iulia, Romania.HistoryThe museum was inaugurated in 1888 upon the initiative of the Historical, Archaeological and Natural Sciences Society of the Lower Alba County, having the famous archaeologist Adalbert Cserni as headmaster.In 1929, under the aegis of the ASTRA Association, it was organized as the Museum of the Union. Valuable artefacts further enriched the rich archaeological collections and a new collection of items belonging to the modern history of the Romanians was added. In 1938, under the lead of the historian Ion Berciu, the settlement came to be managed by the Romanian state under the new name of Alba Regional Museum.In 1968, it underwent an ample reorganization, returning to its former name.BuildingsThe "Babylon" building is a historic monument built between 1851 and 1853, bearing influences of Romantic architecture. It was used as a residence pavilion for officers, and between 1967 and 1968, it was refurbished to become a museum.The "Union Hall" (Sala Unirii) was built between 1898 and 1900. It is the building where The Great National Assembly voted the Union of Transylvania with Romania.Both buildings of the museum are listed as historic monuments.
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  • The Union Museum in Alba Iulia is located in the "Babylon" building, face to face with the Unirii Hall. The edifice was built in the spirit of romantic architecture between 1851 and 1853, with...  more »
  • This museum is not really a union specific one, more of a history museum of Rom├ónia with some local artefacts and info. The first part looks pretty old and outdated in terms of display methods. The...  more »
  • The artifacts in exposition are of great value, especially the Roman section Unfortunately the museum has no English descriptions, so if you're not familiar with Romanian history, it's better to spend your time elsewhere. Very dissapointing and old expo method.
  • Full of history and reminders of our origins.
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