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Romania 2008 "Centenary of GRIGORE ANTIPA National Natural History Museum"
Issue Date 20.05.2008 ID Michel: 6296-6297 Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: RO036.08 Category: pF Author Stamps in set 2 Value Lei 2,40
Size (width x height) 33x48mm Layout 2 Mini-sheets 8 stamps and one tab each Products FDC x1 MS x2 Paper
Perforation 13.5x13.5 Print Technique Printed by Fabrica de timbre Quantity Issuing Authority Compania Nationala Posta Romana SA
years ago, in the presence of King Carol I, King Ferdinand, and Princess Maria,
the National Natural History Museum would
officially open its doors in a new "Highway" building.
To celebrate the event, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue Centenary of the "GRIGORE ANTIPA" National Natural History Museum.
The history of
the museum goes further back in time, in 1834, when the ruller Alexandru Ghica
endorsed the setup decree of the National Museum Bucharest. The first
collection's curator was Carol Wallenstein de Vella (an Austrian of Croatian
origin) in 1837. Then followed the tutor Carlo Ferrerati (Italian) in 1860, and
in 1867, Prof. Gregoriu Stefanescu was elected museum director. In 1893,
Grigore Antipa was appointed director of
State Zoological Collections. One year later, these collections are moved to new
headquarters, in a building on Polona Street. The construction of the new
headquarters in Victoriei Square begun in 1904 and the building was finalized
and inaugurated within four years and it was designated as the Museum of
Zoology. With the inauguration of the museum, the first zoo-geographical
dioramas in the world were revealed (Tundra, Prairie, African Savannah, and
Sahara) and due to their high quality served as a model for many museums in the
country and outside its borders.
6 years after this event, in 1914, occasioned by the inauguration of 11 new presentation halls, King Carol I grants a new name to the institution, namely the National Natural History Museum.
In 1933, as a recognition of Grigore Antipa's merits, King Carol II names the museum after the famous scholar biologist, evolutionist, ichthyologist, ecologist, oceanologist, museum's custodian and economist.
The "Antipa" Museum, one of the richest in the world, hosts more than two million exponates. Most of these are to be found in the 39 halls of the museum. The exponates cover various domains such as: zoology, mineralogy, anthropology, paleontology, compared anatomy, ethnography. During the years, the museum enriched with scientifical collections among other, including items that are unique in the world. Of extreme importance are the creature group collections out of which we hereby include The "Aristide Caragea" Butterfly Collection, counting more than 120,000 items, The "Bielz" Mollusc Collection, with more than 90,000 items, The "Petre Banarascu" Fish Collection, with more than 5,000 items, The Collection of Sea Invertebrata "Mihai Bacescu", with more than 11,400 items, The Collection of Mammals from around the world and the local Romanian fauna counting more than 8,000 items, and the Collection of Birds from local fauna and abroad with more than 9,000 exponates. At the same time, the museum enriches with every single year passing by with all sorts of materials that are either donations or brought about by the work conducted by the museum researchers or by means of internal or external expeditions performed by specialists.
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