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This year we commemorate 350 years since the birth and 300 years since the death of Dimitrie Cantemir (October 26, 1673 - August 21, 1723), the most famous Romanian humanist thinker and also the author of the first original Romanian philosophical works.

Dimitrie Cantemir represents one of the highest peaks of thought of his time, in all areas that his genius touched - in historiography, geography, philosophy, he opened up new perspectives for development. The great scholar was well acquainted with the Muslim environment, speaking, in addition to Western, also Eastern languages (Turkish, Persian and Arabic), and also had extensive knowledge in the fields of logic, medicine, natural sciences, astronomy and music. This well-educated Christian beyzade, being a born diplomat, won the trust of Sultan Ahmed III, who favorably allowed him to familiarize himself with the documents of imperial history that Cantemir used in working on his famous work "The Growth and Decay of the Ottoman Empire", which still remains a reference publication in a specialized bibliography.

The National Museum of History of Moldova possesses a German edition of this work, published in Hamburg in 1745. This edition is an impressive volume of 863 pages, accompanied by a preface in German by the editor, containing words of praise and appreciation: "... we consider that such a work of great significance must be known to the Germans in their mother tongue..."

Dimitrie Cantemir was the first scholar to show that the history of the Ottoman Empire divides into two parts. The first part that of growth, includes biographies of 19 sultans and ends around 1672, when the empire entered a new phase, that of political and military decline. Through this work, Cantemir tried to draw attention to the need for an alliance of European countries against Turkish expansion. At the same time, he praised certain aspects of the culture of the Turkish people.

Like "Description of Moldavia", "The Growth and Decay of the Ottoman Empire" enjoyed wide popularity in European countries. The work was first translated into Russian by Dmitry Grozin, but was not printed. After the death of Dimitrie Cantemir, thanks to his son Antiochus, who became the Russian ambassador in London and then in Paris, this fundamental writing of our scholar was translated and published in English (two volumes, 1734-1735, followed by a new edition in 1756) and in French (1743, in four small volumes). In 1745, the work was also published in German. It was read, highly valued and used in their writings by Voltaire, Byron, Victor Hugo and others. This is the first treatise that addresses the issue of Ottoman power and the multicultural nature of the empire. Work on it began during the author's stay in the Ottoman Empire, resumed after 1711, and finished in 1717. This writing brought him European fame and placed him among the great scholars of the time.

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„Homage to Captain Conan” 

November 11th - December 13th, 2015
The travelling photo-documentary exhibition „Homage to Captain Conan" displayed at the National Museum of History of Moldova is organised by the French Institute of Bucharest in partnership with the National Archives of Romania and the Municipal Library from Dinan (France) commemorating the beginning of World War I...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Moldova’s heraldic identities” 

November 3rd, 2015 – January 18th, 2016
On November 3rd, 2015 in the exhibition space from the ground floor of the museum was opened the exhibition "Moldova's heraldic identities"...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Chișinău yesterday and today”  

October 13th – November 9th, 2015
On October 13th, in the upper lobby of the National Museum of History of Moldova, in a family atmosphere, was opened a paintings exhibition by Valentina Brâncoveanu, realistic painter, member of the Union of Plastic Artists of Moldova. The exhibition is dedicated to the Day of Chișinău...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Puzzle-Germany”  

October 6 – 27, 2015
Germany was divided for over 40 years until reunification on October 3rd, 1990. On October 3rd, 2015 is marked the 25th anniversary from this historic moment highly important for the contemporary history of the Federal Republic of Germany and for European history. October 3rd is the day Germany has become one country on the map of Europe...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Settlements from the late Bronze Age in the space between Prut and Dniester (achievements and perspectives)” 

September 24 - October 12, 2015
The exhibition „Settlements from Late Bronze Age in the space between Prut and Dniester Rivers. Achievements and perspectives" was organized in collaboration with the National Archaeological Agency and is dedicated to Noua-Sabatinovka type settlements discovered on the territory of Republic of Moldova in the last 60 years...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Heritage values form the collections of Ştefan Procopiu Museum of Science and Technique” 

September 23 - October 26, 2015
The exhibition „Heritage values form the collections of Ştefan Procopiu Museum of Science and Technique" was organized in collaboration with "Moldova" National Museum Complex from Iași in the framework of European Heritage Days with the theme for 2015 „Industrial and technical heritage"...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„2015, European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage” 

September 23 – October 26, 2015
Exhibition „2015, European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage" was organized in collaboration with the Agency for Inspection and Restoration of Monuments as part of the European Heritage Days...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
„Early urbanism in prehistoric Europe: the case of the Tripillia mega-sites”  

September 9 – November 6, 2015
The international traveling exhibition „Trypillia Megasites" was organized as part of the UK-Ukrainian project „Early urbanism in prehistoric Europe: the case of the Trypillia mega-sites" (2012-2016), funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Painting exhibition „Metamorphoses of space III” 

August 28th - September 6th 2015
On august 28th, in the ground floor hall of the National Museum of History of Moldova was opened an exhibition of Ukrainian plastic artists from the Republic of Moldova with the generic „Metamorphoses of space III"...


National Museum of History of Moldova, 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

 



Independent Moldova
Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic
Bessarabia and MASSR between the Two World Wars
Bessarabia and Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in the Period between the Two World Wars
Revival of National Movement
Time of Reforms and their Consequences
Abolition of Autonomy. Bessarabia – a New Tsarist Colony
Period of Relative Autonomy of Bessarabia within the Russian Empire
Phanariot Regime
Golden Age of the Romanian Culture
Struggle for Maintaining of Independence of Moldova
Formation of Independent Medieval State of Moldova
Era of the
Great Nomad Migrations
Early Middle Ages
Iron Age and Antiquity
Bronze Age
Aeneolithic Age
Neolithic Age
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#Exhibit of the Month

This year we commemorate 350 years since the birth and 300 years since the death of Dimitrie Cantemir (October 26, 1673 - August 21, 1723), the most famous Romanian humanist thinker and also the author of the first original Romanian philosophical works.Dimitrie Cantemir represents one of the highest peaks of thought of his time, in all areas that his genius touched - in historiography, geography, philosophy, he opened up new perspectives for development...

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2023 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2023 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC