8 places to visit in Ploiesti

By Cristina Radu

Ploiesti is not just a simple town. For me it represents power. I came here when my mind was blurry and I left full of power. Ploiesti helped me to be stronger, it helped me to reinvent myself and it filled my soul with love. I never saw all the streets, I never discovered every little corner of heaven and maybe is better like that. A dose of mystery never spoils.

For a short period of time I decided to go back in Ploiesti and to discover and love every piece of history that Ploiesti offers.

Clock Museum

I started my visit with Clock Museum, because of all it was the only museum that I saw in my first year in Ploiesti. Back then was very deteriorate, lifeless, but full of objects that made it for a few seconds to shine. Coincidence or not, like me, Clock Museum has been reinvented and has been filled with beauty. Now it shines from every corner, inside and outside.


You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Ceasului” at the address Nicolae Simache 1.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 2 lei for students and photo fee is 25 lei.

Ion Luca Caragiale Museum

The second stop was at Ion Luca Caragiale Museum. The location makes it appear like a little corner of heaven thrown between the high concrete walls of the blocks. I felt honored to be there where I discovered the principal moments from I.L. Caragiale’s life as a child and as a writer. I also discovered original photos with original photo frame, furniture, portraits of the actors who embodied the characters in his works, stage costumes, catalogs with his grades from different periods, original books and personal items.


You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Ion Luca Caragiale” at the address Kutuzov 1.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 2 lei or 4 lei for students.

Art Museum

I continued my visit with Art Museum which looks very majestic in the exterior, but especially in the interior. Very important is that the expositions are permanently changed, the architecture being the only one that stays there forever. The ceilings are the most impressive. They are truly spectacular!


Beyond that stunning beauty of the place, I was profoundly in pain. A mental pain. Obvious or not so obvious, at the Art Museum you will not find a guide. But there will always be a lady that will stay next to you and will turn the lights on when you will enter into a room and will turn off the lights immediately you will get out of that room. It is not easier to turn the lights on in all the rooms and then to turn off the lights after the tourists have finished their visit?
You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Județean de Artă Prahova „Ion Ionescu-Quintus”” at the address Bulevardul Independenței 1.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 2 lei or 4 lei for students. Photo fee depends of the exposition.

Museum of History and Archeology

I was at the Museum of History and Archeology a few years ago and all I remember was that I saw a lot of coins. Now, beyond the hundreds or thousands of coins, I found tow enormous and modern maps with battles and places where relics have been discovered, I found a small and impressive collection of furniture(my favorite part), costumes, jewelry and guns.


Just like the Art Museum, you don’t have a guide, but there is always a lady next to you to turn the light on and off . It is this really disturbing or I am getting slowly crazy?
You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Județean de Istorie și Arheologie Prahova” at the address Toma Caragiu 10.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 4 lei for students.

Paul Constantinescu Memorial Museum

When I got there, I said there’s not the museum that I am looking for, that’s a mistake from Google Maps. I just looked at the building and I felt like is going to crush over me in any second. But the gate was large open, the front door was open too… I was in no doubt anymore. For sure here was the museum that I was looking for.


From one side of the building, a lady with blond hair and blue eyes like the sea comes out and asks me if I want to visit. In the next second I wake up in the interior of the museum listening how she tells me with so much passion about the history of the museum and with so much pain about the conditions of the building. I can say that no matter how degraded the place would be, she completely enlightened it. Very interesting and upsetting in the same time is the fact that there are concerts with special occasions and free contests for children. Interesting- is the fact that this place is periodical full of kids because of concerts and contests and upsetting is the fact that even the place is full of kids, no one wants so put some money into renovation. Anyway, I would rather visit a hundred times this museum than visit Art Museum or Museum of History and Archeology.


You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Memorial „Paul Constantinescu”” at the address Nicolae Bălcescu 15.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 4 lei for students and photo fee is 25 lei.

Nichita Stănescu Memorial Museum

Nichita Stănescu Memorial Museum as Ion Luca Caragiale Museum is hidden like a slice of heaven between other houses, modest in height, this time. I was deeply surprised to saw that the museum has furniture that looks like new. The house looks pretty new too, although it was built in 1920’s. In every room there were displayed detailed information about every single object from that room. The most important thing for me was that no one stayed with me to turn the light on and off. I visited and admired everything that I was surrounded by.


You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul Memorial „Nichita Stănescu”” at the address Nichita Stănescu 1.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 4 lei for students.

The National Oil Museum


Finally, I got to the National Oil Museum where I met the most cute and friendly and adorable dog. Besides this pleasant company, I was surprised when I saw those gorgeous lamps which work on oil. In my mind, lamps which work on oil look very dark and dirty. But there I saw some amazing ones. Probably the most beautiful lamps that I had ever seen. Also, ladies that work there were so nice with me and gave me a lot of flyers and newspapers about oil. The yard was full of oil extraction mechanisms.


You can find it online in Google Maps as “Muzeul National al Petrolului” at the address Doctor Dumitru Bagdazar 8.
The ticket costs 8 lei for adults and 4 lei for students.

Casa de Târgoveț Museum

I let the Casa de Târgoveț Museum the last one because I didn’t have so much expectations from it. But in the end, it was the most beautiful experience! The guide was one of the most pleasant company I ever met. At a moment I had the impression that she was the sister of the lady guide from Paul Constantinescu Memorial Museum.


The museum is really a treasure. And when I think that I was passing almost daily next to it… I can visit it every week without getting bored.
You can find it online in Google Maps as “ Muzeul Casa de Târgoveț” at the address Democrației 2.

I loved to visit all these pieces of history and maybe even the pieces of heaven of Ploiesti.

Cristina Radu

Hi! I'm Cristina, I'm 23 years old and I live in Bucharest. I collect antiques, I love cats and I want to live in a castle in France.

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