The Astronomical Observatory “Amiral Vasile Urseanu” is the only establishment of this type open to the public in Bucharest. Its history spans over more than a hundred years, but its purpose has remained the same since it has been inaugurated, in 1910: to invite its guests to discover the celestial sphere and to reflect on our place in the Universe.

The existence of this Observatory is the result of the meeting of two people with a great passion for astronomy: Victor Anestin and Admiral Vasile Urseanu. Victor Anestin was an amateur astronomer, journalist and translator. He saw the need for an astronomical society, thus he founded Societatea Astronomică Română “Camille Flammarion” on the 11th of November 1907. Vasile Urseanu, an important figure in the Romanian navy, who had developed over the years a keen interest in studying the stars, joined the newly formed society and was immediately named as its president.

One of the most important aims of the Romanian Astronomical Society was to establish an astronomical observatory accessible to the public. Vasile Urseanu decided to personally fund the construction of the Observatory, which would be used by the members of the society. The building was designed by architect Ion Berindey and its shape imitates a yacht, with a dome, as per the Admiral’s request. His wish was that while he was observing the sky with his telescope, he would feel as though he was floating on the sea. Since its creation, the Observatory has passed through various political regimes and name changes, but it has fortunately maintained his initial goal: to invite its visitors to ponder upon the marvelous celestial bodies that exist so far away from us.

At the second floor of the building you will discover the three exhibition rooms (information only in romanian): two rooms with infographics and one room with a temporary exhibition.

The astronomical observations take place on the rooftop.

Opening hours

Wednesday and Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Solar observations 10:00 – 17:00 (only if the sky is clear)

Thursday – Saturday: 14.00 – 21.00

Solar observations 14:00 – 18:00 (only if the sky is clear)
Evening observations 20:00-21:00 (only if the sky is clear)

 

Ticket prices (cash only). Online tickets here.

Adult: 10 lei
Student: 5 lei

Child under 7 years of age: free