The Gold Museum from Brad
A unique collection in Europe can be found in a small building in the city of Brad. The museum in question is dedicated to the metal that brought both welfare and conflict: Gold. The collection contains 2970 pieces, out of which approximately 1300 are made of native state gold in unexpected shapes such as leaf, horse, snake, dog, flag or others which cannot be associated with clear shapes, but are spectacular.
These pieces weigh a total of 4.5 kg (10 pounds) of gold, although even the biggest among them weigh no more than a few grams. The 2000 year old gold-digging history of the Apuseni Mountains is recounted by the museum through photographs, tools and objects specific to this activity. The better part of exhibited pieces have been collected from mining areas of Metaliferi Mountains, the collection being available to the public for over one century.
The craftsmanship with which they seem to have been shaped by the hand of a master is truly appealing in these pieces of pure gold or mixed gold with other minerals. This statement is partially true, for the true master at work is nature.
How to get here? See routes on the map:
Map section from Apuseni Mountains Guidebook