National History Museum of Moldova in Bassarabia – Moldava

The National Museum of History of Moldova has some of the biggest collection of exhibits and displays related to the country’s history. If you are interested in Moldovan history, this is the place to be.

Location and How to Get to This Specific Site

The museum is in the center of Chisinau. It can be reached by car, taxi or bus. If you are abroad, there are flights that will take you direct to the city.

What to See There

At the museum entrance is a statue of Remus and Romulus with the Roman She-Wolf. It has three domes, ten exhibition halls and diorama. There are currently hundreds of thousands of items in the Regional Lyceum in Bassarabia.

The displays begin from the ancient times up to the modern country. Nearly 165,000 of these items focus on the country’s national heritage.

The expositions are divided into the following sections: ancient history, medieval age, treasures, contemporary history, modern expositions and dioramas.

Some of the items on display include a 4th century gold earring uncovered in Taraclia and a 3rd century BC gold necklace. This was uncovered in a Scythian graveyard. There is also a silver earring unearthed from Riscani and a bronze bracelet form the 4th century.


The museum was founded in 1983. The edifice was actually the complex of the Regional Lyceum in Bassarabia. Following its construction, numerous elements were added. One of the most prominent items added was F. Bauer’s 1781 Moldova map.

There is also a permanent exhibition in the museum. This was installed early in its history. Situated on the ground floor, over 3,800 historical relics are kept there. These include artifacts dating from the Sotne Ave to the present day.

At least 13 exhibitions take place every year in the museum. Many of them are related to the history and culture of the nation.


The admission fee for foreigners is 15 MDL adults and 10 MDL students. Local adults will pay only 5 MDL and local students 2 MDL.

Other Info

The museum also has a vast collection of archeological items. There are also scores of maps, arms, books, pictures and documents. There are also unique exhibits on display.

These include the Olanesti treasure (4th century BC) and Getae battle chariot ferrule dating from the 5th century. Other treasures include Getae-Macedonian helmets and bronze candlesticks.

The National Museum of History of Moldova is open daily except on Mondays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are guides for visitors.