Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance

Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, Sighetu Marmatiei

Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance

Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Violetvz
East London, South Africa697 contributions
This is an absolute must visit! Your heart wants to break when you experience this. Well preserved and documented.
Written 1 August 2022
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evanderhorrified
Glasgow, UK133 contributions
A worthwhile visit at any time,maybe more so as conflict rages relatively close by. An era and story that I knew little about. Beautifully restored building and courtyard, thought provoking inside and out. Very central location with cafes and shops jyst outside.
Amount of detail overwhelming at times, a lot of time and work has gone into this project. Displays in local language but English language folder available at entrance.
Helpful friendly staff.
I would rate this as a must see in Sighetu. Very impressive.
Written 1 May 2022
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midway42
Minnesota2,946 contributions
Built in 1897 and two decades later turned into a prison for common criminals, there was nothing originally that distinguished Sighet prison. This changed dramatically around 1950, when almost 200 of Romania’s most influential intellectuals, religious leaders, and government officials were imprisoned here to “protect” the new Communist regime. Functioning as a prison until 1977, the structure fell in disrepair until 1993 when funds were raised to turn the building into a museum. Oral histories were recorded, memorabilia was collected, and new research of the Communist era was initiated; the gradual result since then has been this museum. It is huge, comprehensive, moving, and essential to understanding the history of the country.

I visited with my guide, and we spent close to three hours on site. After paying our admission fee, we were ushered into the annex where two rooms served as an introduction to the facility. A large map of Romania on the wall sadly documented the location of various camps and prisons in the country that housed the “offending” population during Communist times. A Visit to the museum proper followed, consisting of over 90 (!) rooms on three floors. The subject material covered here was vast: a history of Romanian prisons during the time period, a special exhibit on Iuliu Maniu, how medicine was administered in the prison system, a description of intellectual life, a symbolic room of solitary confinement, etc. Artifacts and storyboards abounded, the latter intermittently containing English translations. There is a small courtyard outside that serves as a somewhat necessary place for reflection and decompression.

In summary, this was a complete museum (almost to a fault) covering the advertised topic. I would consider it an essential visit for anyone in the area and actually wish it was in Bucharest and therefore more readily accessible. I couldn’t help but compare it to the “Maritime” museum complex in Ushuaia (Argentina), also housed in an old prison and believe it or not covering an even wider range of topics. My only reservations with the Sighet complex was a feeling of slight disorganization due to its size, and the intermittent English translations; bringing along a guide to translate would be a good idea for those with the means, time, and interest.

A highly recommended outing for those in the area.
Written 10 November 2021
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Roland H
Cluj-Napoca, Romania56 contributions
Sad but beautiful experience in a communist prison - turned museum. The real history they still don't teach in schools unfortunately. 3 floors with with papers, pictures and memorabilia, nicely arranged showing what was actually behind the curtains of the 'Romanian golden age'. Not sure if English audio guide is available, I believe it would be a good addition if not.
Written 4 January 2021
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danipopescuro
Bucharest, Romania11 contributions
This place feels like a book. The story is captivating, but the experience is, literally, like reading a book. You enter a cell and read stories printed on large pieces of paper or plastic panels. That is all you do - pick a cell, read a story. It would probably take days to read all of them. We live times when some sort of augmented immersion is 'a must' for a museum.
Nevertheless, I salute the brave initiative of opening this painful and, to some degree, shameful topic for Romanians.
Written 30 September 2020
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Cristina Milea
Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
Couples
The museum presents the communist regime period, with all it’s atrocities.
Take your time, read the stories, go back and understand.
Might be out of interest for children.
Written 23 September 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania8,711 contributions
...Seeking no truth ... (thus ending the quote from Metallica).

A tragic place, a place of darkness, a place beyond reasoning. A place best described by the immortal words of Dante "Abandon all hope ye who enter here!".
It is a former political prison (on of the many) of the communist party , one of the best known and most brutal, the final detention place for many great Romanian statesman and cultural figures.
It is a sad Memento , a must see place , bluntly honest presentation of facts, details are straight in the face of the visitor ... details are everywhere and there are tons of information - pity for the time being only in Romanian language (the audio guides in other languages are disabled - C19 measures .... so for those of you who don't speak Romanian currently is a bit complicated to understand - you need a translation).
It also gives a lengthy , but complete lesson in history from 1945 to till the demise of the communism in 1989 (and some insight in the years after the revolution and details on Corneliu Coposu , another great Romanian politician who spent decades in exile).
So take your time, please don't take children with you (I don't recommend it under the age of 14 ) , go in with an open mind and try to see , ... and by the end of the tour you shall understand what went terribly wrong for almost 50 years.
You will learn about the persecution of the politicians, of the religious leaders, you will learn about the resistance - yes there were "freedom fighters" especially in the area of Maramures and all over Romania ,people who tried to resist communism ... true national heroes, people who wanted something else....and sacrificed everything for those ideals.
In the courtyard you shall find the statues - 18 in total - women and men , naked , oppressed , suffering , led to nowhere b y a headless leader that is standing aside of the group. Over the years it has become the symbol of the Memorial.
The great thinker George Santayana said : "The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again", so I urge you to go and see for yourself and remember in order to not allow these....to ever happen again .
Written 16 September 2020
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CMI
Timisoara, Romania54 contributions
Couples
The Memorial presents the visitors a part of Romanian history that HAS to be known and NEVER to be forgotten!
Don't rush when visiting, take your time. Read the stories, be curious on the facts, understand what comunism regime and repression meant for Romania.
Might be out of interest for children.
Written 11 September 2020
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Radu Stefan
20 contributions
Family
To learn about the comunist atrocity is a must for nowadays in order to prevent this kind of society to be again in our politics.
I recommend this visit for every teenager or young adult to discover the truth about comunist period, a period similar to middle ages for Easthern Europe society.
Written 5 September 2020
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Patricia G
Bucharest, Romania291 contributions
Family
I imagined something smaller, but I found a really large museum which provides such detailed history lessons. We didn't have enough time to read everything. I was impressed most by the statues in the garden.
Written 31 July 2020
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