Apart from the exceptional patrimony of vernacular architecture exhibited on the open-air expo, the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum is on a quest to continually support folk creation, be it anonymous in nature, or the works of master craftsmen skilled in traditional techniques, to advocate an artistic genre most cherished by specialists and all people alike, to protect the objects of yesteryear, as still asserting themselves today.
The contemporary popular arts gallery hosts a permanent sale expo featuring objects crafted by contemporary folk masters, sculptors, painters and artistic societies centered on popular arts and crafts. The objects exhibited illustrate the rich heritage of folk creations – ceramics, textiles, weavings, wood, painted eggs, wood and glass paintings, popular rugs and carpets, toys, furniture, masks, popular adornments, costume pieces, sheepskin waistcoasts, leather objects etc. The visitors will discover the famous red and black ceramics, rough or enameled, representative of (still) active pottery centers: Horezu, Rădăuți, Baia Mare, Corund, Marginea, Oboga, Romana, Vlădești. The gallery features sale pieces like plates, bowls, jugs, mugs, lampads, terracota tiles, toys, with prices ranging from 5 to 120 RON.
Textile art is represented with a rich variety of fabric pieces to fit the wants and needs of our public. Pieces ranging from napkins, towels, table cloths, traditional wear like chemises and blouses, vests, fabric belts, aprons etc., made from cotton, flax, hemp or wool. Noteworthy fabrics to peruse are Avrig cotton scarves, mini Bucovina scarves, Dobrogea region borangic scarves, cotton chemises and Breaza blouses. You will find pieces that fit all sizes, shapes and styles, with prices that vary between 10 and 900 RON.
Renowned for their beauty and execution, Romanian rugs and carpets are favorites among our visitors. The fabrics originate from Maramureș, Oltenia, Bucovina or Muntenia, are made of wool and add a touch of folk panache to a warm interior. Available for purchase inside the store, with prices ranging from 100 to 3000 RON.
We feature wooden items, objects such as – cupels, forks, curd cheese patterns, stampers, sp0ons, musical instruments, coffers, furniture pieces – handmade by talented folk craftsmen and painters from the lands of Vâlcea, Vrancea, Maramureș, Teleorman, Brașov, available for purchase with prices ranging from 30 to 2800 RON.
Religious icons painted on wood or glass, by the hands of icon masters from Țara Făgărașului, Brașov, Maramureș, Bucovina, Tuclea, Vâlcea – represent a distinct category in our gallery, available for purches, with prices ranging from 90 to 1000 RON.
The Village Museum Library holds a substantial archive of research publications – studies made by prestigious specialists from fields such as ethnology, ethnography, museology; promotional publications to showcase Museum patrimony – flyers, guides, albums, pocket books and tourism magazines. Additionally, the Museum features a generous collection of electronic resources – CDs, DVDs, audio and video cassettes, available for visitors that wish future documentation about the cultural values we hold so dearly, the Museum patrimony, and of course, our Romanian folk music thesaurus.