1. House of the Geopark
This concept showcases the legends of the balauri (basilisk), the myth of the dragons and the fascination for dinosaurs.
The main hero is Balaur bondoc, a dinosaur specie from Transylvania, and the story of its discovery and creation. The reconstruction was done by Brian Cooley and Mary Ann Wilson, internationally-renowned paleoartists.
The Fragrant Time Garden – this is a space that builds on the Balauri, Dragons and Dinosaurs exhibition and presents the local geo- and phytodiversity from an educational perspective. It is dedicated to school students and tourists, as well as visually impaired people. The Time Alley, The Herb Garden and Grandma’s Garden make use of all the senses in order to make visitors understand the diversity of nature and the connection between people, nature and the Earth. A collection of rocks from Țara Hațegului and seeds from The Fragrant Time Garden, and not only, is exhibited in a ”treasury” which represents the starting point to various formal and non-formal education activities. Both the garden and the treasury were created with the support of the Foundation for Partnership and MOL Romania.
The exhibitions are located in Hațeg, 9A Libertăţii Street, at the University of Bucharest building.
Admission: 15th May to 15th September
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
For organised groups visits can be arranged during any day of the week and any time of the year. Contact us at 0743072930 at least three days before your visit.
2. House of Science and Art
The centre can be used for visits and to organise educational workshops and outdoor learning activities.
The hero of the exhibition is the lifelike reproduction of the dinosaur Magyarosaurus dacus, exhibited outside. Inside there is another reconstruction – Zalmoxis robustus, as well as a collection of fossils which contains original nests with dinosaur eggs. The centre hosts temporary exhibitions by students from the National Art University (UNARTE) or by local artists, whose work is inspired by the local natural and cultural values.
The centre is located in the village and commune General Berthelot.
Admission: Currently under renovation. All the objects are displayed at the House of the Geopark
3. House of Volcanoes
Densuș village, Densuș commune
The House of Volcanoes is situated 3 km away from St. Nicholas Church in Densuș, towards Ștei village, 300m off the road. It is a place where you can learn about the volcanoes that dominated the Hațeg Island 70 million years ago and whose traces are found in Densuș village today.
The visitor centre is a cob house (clay, straw, sand and water) and contains a space designed for non-formal education, which facilitates a closeness to nature through the senses.
The House of the Volcanoes is perfectly suited for educational programmes for children, groups and families. You can play the explorer by using a special kit and identifying the traces of marine creatures, discovering fossils, experiencing a volcanic eruption or collecting pieces of solidified lava. Information and bookings:
Admission: Only with reservation at 0743688108
4. House of Dwarf Dinosaurs
Sânpetru village, Sântămăria Orlea commune
The House of Dwarf Dinosaurs opens the Valley of Dinosaurs route, which is the area where Baron Frantz Nopcsa discovered the Transylvanian dinosaurs, for the first time, over more than 100 years ago.
The exhibition contains the reconstruction of a paleontological site, of a carnivorous dinosaur skeleton, a diorama of the predator Elopteryx nopcsai and an educational room set up by the local children’s club, ”The explorers – the dwarf dinosaurs’ little friends”.
15th May to 15th September
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm
16th September to 14th May – booking only
Contact: 0254 777 853
5. House of Stones
RÂU DE MORI commune, OHABA SIBIȘEL village
The House of Stones is a construction of stone, wood, clay, water and straw bales, which tells the story of stones and the creatures that live or used to live on Earth. Here you will find out more about stones and fossils, and also about how tight are the connections between them, landforms and life on Earth.
It is a space for visiting and non-formal education created through a volunteer project.
Only with reservation
Contact: +4 0766271987