Museum of the Communist Consumer in Timișoara (Romania) - my favorite!

A few days after my graduation in July, I was on a plane heading to Timișoara (Western Romania) with my boyfriend. It was a surprise for me, and his choice shocked me. I used to travel often to Romania when I was at school in Moldova, and I missed doing that. However, I had a strange feeling about going to the country that I consider mine, but at the same time, its authorities were messing up my life for the past half year playing the game of the citizen non-citizen.

The living room inside the Museum of the Communist Consumer in Timisoara, Romania.

We stayed in Timișoara two nights, and then flew to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The city is not very big, so we had a lot of time to explore its places. I was happy it was probably the first time we made it in time to visit so many museums in a city. The one I chose to tell you about today is my favorite - the Museum of the Communist Consumer. Maybe I could say this is my favorite museum so far, and not only from Timișoara.

The Museum of the Communist Consumer is a collection of items that people used to buy in Romania before 1989. Using the terminology of the communist propaganda at the time of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Museum of the Communist Consumer exhibits items from the Golden Age. The museum was opened in 2015, all objects being gathered from donations by the man who founded it.

The museum is in the basement of the building that hosts a bar, Scârț Loc Lejer, and Auăleu Theater (super cool names in Romanian). We met a friend that lives in Timișoara and told her we want to visit the Museum of the Communist Consumer, but she told us she never heard about it. Funnily, when we got to the place using Google Maps, she said that she actually has been there quite a lot of times, but she knew only about the bar and the theater. However, while we had a drink at the bar, we saw other tourists coming to the museum. The museum is a replica of an apartment, composed of a living room, children's room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a closet.
What I love about it is that you can explore everything you see, you can touch everything, browse everything, check the drawers and so on. 

Entrance is free, there is no supervisor at the basement, and if you want to contribute somehow, when you exit the Museum of the Communist Consumer, the little yellow pig accepts donations. 

The museum is located in Arhitect Laszlo Szekely Street 1, Timișoara, Romania. Coming from the city center, we did not use any public transport to reach it. It's not very far, and walking is always better. It is open everyday, from 10AM to 11PM, and just on Sunday they open at 2PM. 

Last thing to remind you - in 2021, Timișoara is going to be the European Capital of Culture! That is another sign you should visit it, isn't it? 

And now, let me tell you a short funny-aka-embarassing story. I was ordering at the bar, and a girl just came in. She approached me and asked something in Romanian, but I didn't hear well what she said, and I asked her in Italian: "Come?". Like... what? And then she started to speak to me in English! That's what happens when you speak too many languages and your brain delays to acknowledge the country you're located in!

Lots of photos below! And some comments. Enjoy!



A labor union membership card of a man, from 1960 and the living room in the Communist Consumers Museum, Timisoara, Banat Romania.
On the right: labor union membership card, 1960.

Bicycle and toys of the communist era in the Museum of Communist Consumer, Timisoara, Romania.

Theater poster announcing a play at the Romanian Theater Mic, by Camil Petrescu, with Mitica Popescu. Poster is exposed in the Museum of the Communist Consumer, Timisoara, Romania.
Poster advertising a theater play.

  Children's toys fro the Communist era in Romania. 

Objects from the Communist Romania and an advertising poster of washing machines at the Museum of the Communist Consumer in Timisoara, Romania.
On the left: an advertising poster - Washing is a pleasure if you use electric washing machines ALBA LUX produced by Cugir Mechanical Factories.


Rollerblade from the communist era in Romania, at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania.
Yes, these are rollerblades!

A 1950 Romanian payroll card, at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania.
On the left: payroll card, 1950.

Baby stroller at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania. 

Items (also a black doll) from the communist Romania at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania.
This doll surprised me!

Items in the living room at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania. 

Items in the living room (baby stroller, toys, flag) at the Communist Consumers Museum in Timisoara, Romania.

15 comments:

  1. Are those items buy in a black market? Who could buy that kind of thigs back then?

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  2. What an amazing quirky place! I love finding out of places like this! It's my first time reading something about Roumania so would love to read more, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, SecretMoona! I'm happy you had good introduction to Romania, haha.

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  3. I like how all of this is set up in an apartment. Makes it seem more authentic to actual consumers. Funny that your friend didn't realize it existed even though she'd been to the bar!

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    1. Yes, the fact that it is set in an apartment makes it more unique and interesting!

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  4. I have never been to Romania but I love to visit museums that are a bit different, so this sounds like a fun outing.

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    1. Hope you visit this beautiful country one day, Razena.
      Happy travels!

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  5. I've been hearing amazing things about Romania, and your post made me even more interested.
    I'll take a note of it! ;)

    (Una Veronica Vagante)

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    1. Happy to know that, Veronica! Romania is indeed an amazing country!

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  6. Love hearing about new places like this especially when It’s a bit off the beaten path ! Gorgeous photos of the Museum of the Communist Consumer ! It looks like a time capsule :-) The place transposes you into a forgotten time with its own old girl charm, right ? The rooms seem crammed with household objects and memorabilia.

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    1. Thank you, C-Ludik! Happy that you enjoyed it!

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  7. I love those kind of house/museum ! Probably the best way to retrace and feel what the life was back then. It's always interesting to take a look in the past.
    Ps: mixing up languages is the worst ahah!

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    1. And what's more interesting, it was nice for me to recognize some of the items from my early childhood, like some kind of toys.
      Thanks for reading the post, Lyne.

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  8. Wow, what a fascinating museum! That’s neat you can actually browse through the items. Is the bar decorated similarly to the museum? I know very little about Romania, but I really hope to travel there someday to learn more.

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    1. I would say that the bar and the museum have the same atmosphere, but they don't look very similar.
      Hope you will visit Romania one day, Erin!

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