Bánffy Palace in Cluj-Napoca


The Art Museum is located at 30 Piata Unirii.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00.

Entry fee: Yes

From the entrance fee, 1% is donated to the Red Cross.



One of the top museums of the city of Cluj-Napoca, which is visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year, is the Art Museum. It’s been housed since 1951 by the most beautiful building in the city, the Bánffy Palace, an architectural baroque jewel built in the 18th century. The museum excels through its impressive collections of paintings and graphic art as well as sculpture and decorative arts. Here you will find masterpieces of well-known Romanian painters such as Nicolae Tonitza, Nicolae Grigorescu, Theodor Aman and Theodor Pallady.

Did you know?

In the past, Bánffy Palace features famous figures such as Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) and pianist Franz Liszt.

Conservation facts

Today's appearance of the Bánffy Palace is the result of the last major restorations that took place between 1960 and 1970. This is a monument of national importance, being registered in the first category (A) on the list of Romanian architectural and artistic patrimony buildings.

In 1997, the Art Museum was nominated for the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award –the EMYA.