The series ‘What a Mathematician should visit’ continues. For this summer I have decided to write about a city from as many European countries as possible. They will be mostly countries I have visited in the past ^_^ For today I have chosen Bucharest, Romania. Romania is my home country and I am really excited to write something about its capital. Lets see what a math-lover can visit in Bucharest:
1. The 1st on the list is Museum of the National Bank of Romania. Reading about the currency a country uses is always interesting and if you are interested in economy and the history of this subject this is the museum for you. The fundamental theme of the museum is the history of the circulation of money on the territory of Romania, as well as a brief review of the Bank’s history. You can see coins minted in the Greek colonies of Sinister Pontus, Geto-Dacian, Roman, and Byzantine coins, currency issues in the Romanian provinces, foreign coins which circulated within the territory of Romania, notes, medals, documents, pictures or exhibits of fine arts.
2. Moving on we have “Dimitrie Leonida” Technical Museum. This museum has a big collection of technical things from engines to old car and airplane models. Here you can see the 1st ever individual aircraft ( constructed by Justin Capra in 1958), “Olds Patent” (1888) one of the 1st automobiles in Bucharest, a tram’s electric engine from 1894 and much more. Moreover, this museum is quite unique in Romania due to its educational orientation and interactivity.
3. The last from my list is “Amiral Vasile Urseanu” Observatory of Bucharest. It is the only public observatory of Bucharest. The museum houses an exhibition on the history of the Romanian astronomy. The collection includes documents, books and manuscripts, antiques, original telescope, antique sundials, antique astronomical instruments, panels rare astronomical phenomena observed in this country. The Observatory also has a telescope with a sniper equatorial lens diameter of 150 mm. Considering the importance astronomy and mathematics played one for the other I believe this should be on our list to visit.
Hope you enjoyed this post. A small piece of advice for anyone that wants to visit these museums (or any other from Romania in general) you should have someone that knows Romanian in your group because most of the museums have no English explanations anywhere or ask for advice at the entrance.
Let me know what museums would you visit and why. Also if you have any other additions to the list I would be excited to know them. Also let me know what other countries and cities you would like to see in the future. If you are interested in this series, I have also posted a couple of similar posts before for London, Florence and Stuttgart. I will try to post more during the summer.
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