Postal Services Palace is the name of the building that houses the National Museum of Romanian History. It was built in 1900 and until 1972 it was the Postal Services’ headquarters. On the other side of the street you’ll see the CEC Palace (built at the same time) which is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest.
The museum has some great permanent exhibits and a very nice temporary one.
One is a scale replica of Trajan’s column (original in Rome) which depicts the conquest of Dacia (a 200 year old Dacian kingdom situated where Romania is today) by the Romans. The wars were fought around year 100 and they’re considered as the beginning of what we Romanians are now culturally.
The second one is an incredible collection of precious metal objects, from coins to jewels, from weapons to religious book covers. It’s a timeline of the civilisations and cultures that embodied or enriched the evolving culture on these lands. You’ll see everything from 2000+ year old gold coins minted by Koson – thought to be the second Dacian king after the founder, Burebista – to the crown jewels of the Romanian royal family, from Roman jewels to Getae gold helmets.
The temporary exhibitions currently running are centered around the Small Union, the name we use for the partial union of the principates that are now Romania. There’s also a vast collection of pictures of the combatants of the First World War.
Tip: entrance for students is at 7 lei.