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The Ethnografic Museum

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The Ethnografic Museum
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Few are the places in Romania which can offer you more information about the life of a certain region, such as the Pamfil Albu Ethnographic Museum of Lupsa, and probably none offers a historic image of the life in Moti Country throughout the ages as this one does.

 

Lupsa, the small town of Alba County, near Aries River, is located about 100 kilometres from Alba Iulia and 10 km from Baia de Aries, the easiest way to get there being on DN 75, as it is located between Lunca Commune and Turda City.

 

The original one storey building, typical for the nineteenth century, presently serves as a museum, but there is another building in the village where it has expended, because it became too small.

 

What is there to see? Almost everything about the life of the people who lived in Moti Country since the Stone Age until modern times. Over eight thousand objects collected there by the teacher Pamfil Albu life time passion. He handed them over to the Romanian State in 1952, but he continued to enrich the collection until his death, soon after the Revolution.

 

But what kind of objects can we see there? Some about which most of us did not even know they existed – from wooden chains to combs with hedgehog spines, from ancient icons to very different types of currency that circulated during the last thousand years in these places, from windows and traditional benches, to sewing or ironing machines.

 

At the Museum from Lupsa some of the rarest stone axes used by primitive people can be found, but also evidences of ancient modality of gold mining.

 

At the same time, Pamfil Albu managed to collect traditional costumes worn by “moti” (locals from Apuseni Mountains) in the last few hundred years, a unique collection in Romania.

 

The hunting horns are not absent, the rare editions of books of the Middle Ages or a table where Avram Iancu held council during the 1848 Revolution and a flag brought from Alba Iulia dating from the time of the Great Union, all objects being placed so that the visitor should understand the evolution of life in the Aries area and, above all, the continuity of costumes and traditions there.

 

So if you find yourself nearby and you are interested or just curious, feel free to come. We have a true island of ethnography, one of the most consistent you can find in Romania.

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