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Sightseeing: Parks & Museums

Most museums are poorly and a bit musty, with very little heating. All exhibits are in Romanian and Russian. Entrance prices are very inexpensive. Most museums are closed on Mondays.

Stefan cel Mare Statue and Pushkin Park — Located at the intersection of Stefan cel Mare and G. Banulescu-Bodoni. No visit to Chisinau is complete without paying homage to Stefan Cel Mare. The giant life-size statue of Moldova's greatest hero.


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Arc of Triumph — Located in the center of town on Stefan Cel Mare between Pushkin Blvd and G. Banulescu-Bodoni, the structure was built in 1846 to commemorate the victory of the Russian army over the Ottoman Empire and was restored in 1973.


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Cathedral Park — Located directly behind the Arc of Triumph, dominated by the Chisinau Cathedral and the Clock Tower. Construction of the Cathedral began after Chisinau was made capital of Russian Bessarabia and was completed in 1836. Construction of a replica of the bell tower that was razed in the 1968 was completed in 1998.


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National History Museum — In front of the museum, located at 31 August Street 121, is a statue of Lupoaica Romei (the Wolf of Rome) and the two abandoned children, Romulus and Remus. The words of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu pay homage to Moldova's Dacian roots. Inside the museum to the left after entrance is an impressive life size rendering of the Soviet army’s attack on Chisinau in 1945.

Address: 31 August 1989 St., 121 A
Opening Hours: Daily 10am — 6pm (summer), 10am — 5pm (winter). Closed on Fridays. Admission to the Museum is stopped 20 minutes before closing.
Admission fees:Adults — 5 MDL, students, pupils — 2 MDL. The admission is free for youth (under school age), enlisted men, invalids, disabled persons, veterans, museum employees, members of ICOM and ICOMOS. For foreign visitors: adults — 15 MDL, students — 10 MDL.
Tel.: + 373 (22) 24-43-25, 24-04-26; Fax: + 373 (22) 24-43-69


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Archaeological Museum — Located at the corner of 31 August and Mitropolit G. Banelescu Bodoni Streets, the museum displays reconstructions of traditional houses from Moldova' s different regions and has a colorful exhibition of traditional hand-woven rugs and wall hangings.
Address: M. Kogalniceanu Street 83
Opening Hours: Daily 10am — 6pm (summer), 10am — 5pm (winter). Closed on Mondays. Admission to the Museum is stopped 20 minutes before closing.
Admission fees:Pupils — 1 MDL, Students — 2 MDL, Adults — 5 MDL. For foreign visitors: adults: 15 MDL, students: 10 MDL.
Tel.: + 373 (22) 24-4 0-02, 24-00-56; Fax: + 373 (22) 23-88-48


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Pushkin Museum — Housed in a cottage (Anton Pann Street 10) where Russian poet Alexandr Pushkin spent three months in exile in 1828. The house remains as it would have been then. It is located several blocks behind the Opera House.

National Art Museum — Located at 115, 31 August Street. The museum displays national arts and crafts and has an exhibition of Western European sculptures and paintings.