There are places in the world where you can go to see specific monuments or buildings, walk through certain parks or avenues that everybody knows. You know what to expect from a trip like this. But there are a few places that will amaze you and make your day extraordinary. Coming to Bucharest is not like going to New York, London or Berlin as none of these cities can offer you the chance to see a unique Museum. In Bucharest you can discover an out of the ordinary place called the Museum of Romanian Records.
This museum was born from the need of promoting Bucharest and Romania for and by its people. With the help of the museum, the records and achievements of Romanians show that their contribution to the development of society is significant. Furthermore, the Museum offers the opportunity to discover forgotten parts of the history of mankind that allow us to see the ingenuity of the human mind through different stages of its evolution and for different aspects of life, from practical things to pleasure and, of course, art.
For the moment, history can be completed by visiting the three collections that are sheltered in the Museum of Romanian Records: the corkscrew collection, the pressing iron collection and the trivet collection, all three of them being the largest in the world.
Only by visiting this collection can one find out that the purpose of the corkscrew was not only to open wine bottles but many others like perfume bottles, medicines, small ink bottles or even beer bottles and soda in times when these too were sealed with cork.
Not only did people try to have the bottles opened, but they tried to have them opened faster and faster and, when history permitted, with great style. At the museum, you can see the evolution of the corkscrew from the very beginning, going through the world’s patents for complex mechanical corkscrews until the newest models that you may use today.
Since the record was obtained, the number continued to increase and the collection now comprises over 30 000 corkscrews. There is no other place where you can see as many patents and designs for a tool that is often underappreciated.
Fashion and clothes have always played an important role in the society and the wardrobe was even an indicator of the group you belonged to or the social status you had. Different historical periods or different places created different clothes, made of different fabrics which needed to be taken care in special ways. Important parts in what concerns the clothing of humans throughout history can be split in three main steps: the first one is the creation of the clothes, then there is the cleaning, and of course, pressing the fabric in order to remove the wrinkles. This is the focus of the second collection that can be visited in the Museum of Romanian Records.
All the cultural differences and the long period of time when men and women were so concerned about their appearance produced a great variety of designs and methods for pressing the materials which can be seen only in the largest collection of pressing irons in the world. The record was set in 2016 but since then the collection grew and now exceeds 35 000 individual pieces.
The third collection exhibited in the Museum of Romanian Records is strongly connected with the pressing iron collection as the trivet is the support of the iron that keeps it from burning the fabric or the table while the iron is resting. The trivet has many shapes and designs and some were made to fit specific irons made by certain factories while others were made to be more versatile and fit irons of different sizes and shapes. The trivet collection has an importance in itself as the visitors can discover that the trivets were often ornamented and also had an aesthetic role. Also, the trivets section completes the pressing iron collection and together they recreate the big picture of the forgotten history of humans, their relations with each other and with the society being at the same time the missing puzzle piece from the history of fashion.
Another significant project of the Museum of Romanian Records is the Romanian Philatelic Collection. It is another ambitious collection, because it gathers over 50 000 items and many of them are unique and very rare. This collection, as the other ones which are part of the Museum of Romanian Records, is the largest of its kind in the world.
In this section, the visitors will be able to see some extraordinary items, and one of the most important facts is that the collection contains almost 99% of the stamps ever issued in Romania. Other highlights of the Romanian Philatelic Collection are the letters and other philatelic objects which have Romanian stamps or have circulated on the Romanian territory.