The House of Museums is in the city center and is a part of The National Museum Of Literature in Iași. The house hosts 5 museums. It’s also close to many cafes and restaurants, so you can take coffee and lunch breaks between exhibitions.
Situated on the first floor, the Museum of Romanian Literature is made up of 14 thematical halls, with eleven of these dedicated to the most prominent figures in the history of literature like Mihail Kogălniceanu, Dacia literară magazine, Vasile Alecsandri, Junimea Literary Society, Titu Maiorescu, Mihai Eminescu,Ion Creangă, I.L. Caragiale. The other three host artistic installations by Romanian visual artists: Bohemian Life in Iași (Ion Barbu), “The Angels Reservation” (Felix Aftene) and ABIS.03 (Matei Bejenaru).
The Poetry Museum hosts a permanent exhibition by Ion Barbu, an homage to the playful spirit comprised of picto-poems. In addition to these, there are 5 more rooms, each with one of the artists’ artistic installations: The Poetsʼ Footsteps, Bottles for the Mind, Heart and Literature, Letters to the Good Lord, Haute couture / Haute culture and Stones for my Temple.
On the ground floor of the house you’ll find the Museum of Jewish Theatre in Romania. In the Abraham Goldfaden room, named after the founder of the first Yiddish theatre in the world in Iași in 1876, the exhibition illustrates the life of the Father of Jewish Theatre through manuscripts, photographs and posters. The next 4 rooms host , among others, posters, a puppet show set, props, a costume workshop, models of the building demolished in 1963, and a gallery with photographs of the State Jewish Theatre of Iași company. The next two rooms are dedicated to the Barascheum Theatre and the last room is an interactive one, where children will be able to engage in various theatrical activities.
The Museum of Childhood under Communism is an exhibiton divided into two parts, one depicting a classroom in the communist era, the other the home of a child in the same period. This is a must-see museum. It also hosts occasional exhibits, amongst which where “The Childhood of our Parents” and “The Museum of Daily Life in Communism” in 2014, and “Propaganda Matters 1.0” in 2016.
The Iași Pogrom Museum was set up by the “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition has photographs taken during the Pogrom, a hologram, survivors’ testimonies and other documents. It was inaugurated to commemorate 80 years since the events in 1941.
For more information regarding each museum, please see the list below.