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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

Peasant Museum

Museum Old Town

What the folk do we have here?

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Village Museum

Village Museum

Museum Old Town

Pleasant peasant presence

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The People's Palace

The People's Palace

Big Ugly Building Piata Unirii

Build it and they will starve

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Stravropoleos Church

Stravropoleos Church

Church Old Town

Lipscani church with lots of charm

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Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum

Concert Hall Old Town

Some get all the good looks

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The Fire Watchtower

The Fire Watchtower

Landmark Old Town

Firespotting: another forgotten pastime

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