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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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Peasant Museum

What the folk do we have here?

Museum     Old Town

Village Museum

Pleasant peasant presence

Museum     Old Town

The People's Palace

Build it and they will starve

Big Ugly Building     Piata Unirii

Stravropoleos Church

Lipscani church with lots of charm

Church     Old Town

Romanian Athenaeum

Some get all the good looks

Concert Hall     Old Town

The Fire Watchtower

Firespotting: another forgotten pastime

Landmark     Old Town
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