The National Museum “George Enescu” was opened in theCantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings inBucharest, a historical monument and one of the EuropeanHeritage Label buildings.The sumptuous entrance, in ArtNouveau style, announces the luxury and the refinement ofthe époque, reunited in one of the most imposing palaces inBucharest.Built in 1901-1903 by Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino,known as “The Nabob”, mayor of Bucharest, prime-minister, leader of the Conservative Party, the palacefollowed the design of the remarkable architect Ioan D.Berindei. For the decoration of the building, the architectcollaborated with renowned artists of the time – G. D. Mirea,Nicolae Vermont and Costin Petrescu – for the muralpaintings, the architect Emil Wilhelm Becker for sculpturesand sculptural decoration and the Krieger House in Parisfor the interior decoration (tapestry, chandeliers, lamps,stained-glasses etc).
After the death of the Nabob, in 1913, the palacewas inherited by his son, Mihail G. Cantacuzinoand his wife, Maria (Maruca Rosetti-Tescanu).After the premature death of Mihail G.Cantacuzino, Maruca married George Enescu, in1937. The couple lived, in 1945-1946, in thehouse situated near the palace, which was initiallyintended as an administrative building.After thedeath of George Enescu, in 1955, his wife statedin her will that the palace and the other buildingsof the domain would host a museum dedicated tothe artist. In 1956, The National Museum “GeorgeEnescu” was established here.
The permanent exhibition of the museum includes threerooms of the palace, displaying photographs,manuscripts, various documents, diplomas, medals,drawings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes,furniture, decorative art, personal objects, a casting of theartist’s hands and his mortuary mask. The originaryatmosphere has been recreated in the intimacy of theaustere memorial house, which is also opened forvisitors.Situated in a unique location, The NationalMuseum “George Enescu” holds an important historical,cultural, artistic and touristic value. The museum heritageoffers the opportunity of recomposing an exceptional lifeand work dedicated to the Romanian music and to itsrecognition within the world’s culture.