30 September 2016

Association of Romanian Open Air Museums

AMALR – treasure of Romanian museums –  www.amalr.ro

THE ROMANIAN OPEN-AIR MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION – AMALR – is a non-governmental organisation, with legal personality, having a cultural and professional scope, headquartered in Bucharest, 28-30 Kiseleff Street, sector 1, established in 1993 in Sibiu. It is an institution affiliated to AEOM, ICOM, ICOMOS (renowned organisations that promote and preserve the worldwide material and non-material heritage) whose main purpose is to promote the 19 open-air museums in Romania.

Since June 2008 the Association is headquartered in Bucharest, in the administrative space of “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum. Since then, AMALR has been managed by the manager of “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, Mrs Associate Professor Paulina Popoiu, PhD.

The members of the association are 19 legal entities, the most important open-air museums in the country (of national and local interest) and 20 individuals, specialists in the field.

The association carries out the following activities:

–      promoting a network of national and local ethnographic museums among Romanians;
–      promoting a network of national and local open-air museums among the European museums;
–      promoting professional dialogue and scientific and methodological expertise exchange, both at national and international level;
–      ongoing support of the professional training of young professionals, both in the country and abroad;
–      organisation and participation in national and international conferences on themes related to the areas of interest of museums: ethnographic research, preservation, restoration, promotion of public actions, museum-related pedagogic activities;
–      consulting specialists in the field, depending on the legislative needs of the museums;
–      facilitating the exchange of visits between Romanian and foreign specialists, participating in international scientific events; using the exchange of national expertise in specialised international publications.

In 2012 the Association held meetings to discuss matters related to the specificity of open-air museums and the possibility to organise professional training programmes for museum employees. The Association committed to take all the necessary steps to organise museum curator, museum guide, preserver and restorer classes. AMALR is currently conducting the required changes to its bylaws. AMALR members have requested the association to get involved in programmes with external national and international funding.

Since 2012 AMALR is a member of the Culture Sectorial Committee. As a member of this organisation, AMALR aims at contributing to the development of professional training programmes and at contributing to the establishment of related occupations, qualifications and occupational standards in the field of heritage protection.

In 2012 AMALR concluded a partnership with “ASOCIATIA CELE MAI FRUMOASE SATE DIN ROMANIA” (MOST BEAUTIFUL ROMANIAN VILLAGES ASSOCIATION) with the aim to promote the traditional Romanian villages. At the same time, it aims at cooperating with national and foreign tour operators to support rural tourism.

Until 2016 AMALR participated in the international meetings of AEOM (Association of European Open Air Museums), was involved in attracting new members, participated in projects with outside-budget funds, in conferences with and about responsible tourism.

Association of Romanian Open Air Museum
Affiliated to ICOM, ICOMOS, AEOM

28 Kiseleff Street sector 1, post code 011342, Bucharest
Telephone: 021 317. 91. 03/ ext. 143
Fax: 021 317. 90. 68
President: PhD Associate Professor Paula Popoiu, Manager
“Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum

Vice-president: Luminiţa Pally, researcher, former general manager
Viticulture and Tree Growing Museum, Goleşti, Argeş

Vice-president: PhD Ciprian Ştefan, General Manager
“ASTRA” Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation

Secretary: Iuliana Grumăzescu, Communication, Museum Education Manager
“Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum

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