"GRIGORE ANTIPA" NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
WEBSITE : www.antipa.ro
“Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History originates in the National Museum of Natural History and Antiquities of Bucharest, founded on the 3rd of November 1834, by the Deed 142, signed by the Prince Alexandru Ghica.
Museum has zoological collections of most of the invertebrate and vertebrate animal groups (including fossils) and also collections of comparative anatomy, geology (minerals and rocks), ethnography and anthropology, dioramas and biogroups.
In the collections, the most important place, from a scientific point of view, is that of the specimens used in the description of some new species to science (all over the world), the so-called type specimens, which sum up over 6,000 specimens belonging to different animal groups, especially to foreign fauna. To most of them “Grigore Antipa” Museum is the single museum of the world where they can be studied by specialists. Well-known collections as that of the heteropterans “A. L. Montandon”, mollusc collection “Bielz”, fishes of “Antipa” fund, “Ostrogovich”’s lepidopterans and, especially, lepidopteran collection “Aristide Caradja” were and are studied by many Romanian and foreign specialists.
After 1989 December, collections enriched continuously by the material collected during the field trips all around Romania and during the expeditions organized by the museum in Indonesia (1991) and Brazil (1994). Together with “Oceanic Club” from Constanta, “Grigore Antipa” Museum participated to 2 expeditions in the Mediterranean area, in 2005-2006. Zoological material exchanges, studies on collections which belong to some institutions from USA, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Austria, Italy, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands and so on, made by the worldwide known specialists of the museum, as well as valuable donation increased the patrimony of the museum.
The activity of scientific research in “Grigore Antipa” Museum is concentrated in the investigation of the faunistic diversity (of Romania and of the world), a part of the results being used in the durable monitoring of the environment. Lately, at the museum, researches of molecular biology are carried on.
The results of the scientific researches in biology and museology are published by the journal of the museum “Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle”, which issues annually, since 1957. The last volume, 49/2006, was released in the international exchange of publications to 158 institutions of 35 countries.
The museum, being one of the most known institutions of zoological research and with a valuable patrimony, collaborates with numerous museums, research institutes and universities of Romania and of the world. Being a public institution of culture, specialized in presenting new discoveries and in education of different public categories, “Grigore Antipa” Museum diversified its educational offer with different interactive and interdisciplinary programmes.
In the early ‘90s the museum used to offer on a continuous basis visits for offenders, who systematically came to visit it: in the last 15 years, this activity has stopped due to various reasons. At the moment, we are trying to develop activities addressed to this sort of disadvantaged adults, through a range of workshops, conferences and exhibits about biodiversity, environmental conservation and education. We are also working on the possibility of offering them a chance to express their various talents in order to create an original exhibition concept.