Since shedding communism in 1990, Bucharest's buzzing cultural scene has become even more expansive and diverse, with a more worldly interest than other Romanian cities like Cluj, who remain fixated on regional culture. With a strong tradition of performing arts epitomised by the regular classical concerts of the Roman Athenaeum, Bucharest also contains the country's best visual arts collections in the National Museum of Art and the Zambaccian Museum's smaller, more specified collection. Two highlights are the excellent Peasant Museum and the outdoor exhibits of the Village Museum focusing on Romania's more traditional culture. Overall, Bucharest boasts some 37 museums, 22 theaters, 18 art galleries, an opera house and several concert venues, plus a clutch of cool jazz clubs and other energetic nightspots, to keep you busy and out of bed.
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Top rated culture in Bucharest
What the folk do we have here?
Pleasant peasant presence
Build it and they will starve
Lipscani church with lots of charm
Some get all the good looks
Firespotting: another forgotten pastime