Palace of Culture

Yesterday, I’ve finally visited the palace of culture here in Iasi. My friend from The Netherlands was visiting, so I felt like it was the right time to go. The palace is the show piece of Iasi. If you google Iasi, the palace of culture is about 90% of the pictures you see, so obviously I could not leave Iasi without seeing it from the inside.

The palace of culture has been rebuilt three times and the last restorations were done quite recently. It looks very new from the outside as well as the inside. Personally, the outside looks way more impressive and grandiose. It’s definitely worth seeing at night as well, since all the lights around the building make for a nice scenery and instagrammable pictures.


Inside the palace are 4 museums – the history of Moldavia museum; the ethnography of Moldavia museum; the art museum; and the museum of science and technology. Keep in mind that Moldavia isn’t Moldova, it used to be a country that combined Moldova with the part of Romania around Iasi. The museums only equip a small part of the palace, about half I would say. Nobody knows what the other side is used for, so you can let your imagination run freely.

The 4 museums on itself are quite small, about 3 to 4 rooms. We first bought a ticket for 1 museum because we weren’t aware of this fact and we didn’t know how long it would take to get through one. After being done with the first museum after 30 minutes, we decided to buy tickets for the rest as well. We were lucky that they accepted our student cards from the Netherlands. Our first museum ticket was therefore 4 lei (€1) instead of 16 lei (€4). Wish we knew that a ticket for all museums was only 10 lei (instead of 40 for non-students), we could’ve saved a euro you know. Priorities. But at least now you know, and you can save yourself a euro. You’re welcome.

The museums itself I really enjoyed. I actually liked the fact that it didn’t take that long to get through one, because my attention span can be that of a child sometimes and I like the variety of different kinds of museums. It really depends on your personal taste which one you would like most, but while you’re at it, you might as well visit all 4 of them. We were done with all of them in about an hour and a half. My personal favorite was the museum of science and technology, and my least was the one with art because I’m not sophisticated like that. But I can imagine that if you’re into art, you would really enjoy this museum.

Museum of Science and Technology

Museum of Moldavian history

Museum of Moldavian ethnography

Art museum

Forgot to take pictures, but more reason for you to visit it 🙂

Practical information:

  • Closed on Monday, open the rest of the week from 10:00-17:00
  • Apparently, if you visit before noon, you can get tickets to go up the clock tower. So get on that boat, erm clock.
  • Normal museum ticket per museum: around 16 lei, with student discount: around 4 lei.
  • Normal ticket for all museums: 40 lei, with student discount: 10 lei.



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