The Theodor Aman house is a small boutique museum on a hidden sidestreet right between the two main boulevards: Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) and Bulevardul Magheru. It’s a memorial house of the painter: this was his residence and studio.
The building is one of the oldest in the city: it was built in 1868 and since 1908 it’s the current museum. We can see Theodor Aman’s vision in every detail of the house, from the outside to the inside, from the furniture to the intricate decorations. He was a famous painter, professor and the founder of the first belle-arts schools in Bucharest and Iasi. I like that it’s right next to one of the biggest student libraries in the city, from time to time, I take my study breaks in the yard or by revisiting.
I appreciate the big advantage of having a museum with its pieces in their original location is that you can get a glimpse of what it was like back then, and this museum is one of the few that can give you that in a 15-minute (it’s small) experience.
Even if today the place looks overwhelmed by the bigger and more imposing buildings, I love the “small house almost swallowed by the big city” air around it.