Important cultural center, Cluj-Napoca is home to a series of cultural and educational institutions and centers.
“Lucian Blaga” National Theatre was opened on December, 1st 1919, in Avram Iancu Square and it is the most important theatre institution in Transylvania. The building, executed in 1907 following the plans of Austrian architects Helmer and Fellner, also hosts the Romanian National Opera, the oldest lyrical-drama institution in Romania, the First National Opera in the country, where the famous soprano Angela Gheorghiu made her debut in 1990. In Cluj there are also the Magyar State Opera and The Magyar State Theatre. Also, here is located the Transylvania State Philharmonic, a concert institution, established in 1955.
Bánffy Palace, home to the National Museum of Art, is hosting many exhibitions: works of Romanian artists like Theodor Aman, Ion Andreescu, Dumitru Ghiata, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Dimitrie Paciurea, Theodor Pallady, Nicolae Tonitz, but also of foreign artists like Constantin David Rosenthal or Karl Storck.
The National Museum for the History of Transylvania, also known as the Petrevich-Horvath House, is the successor of the first museum association in Transylvania, the Ardelean Museum Societym established on November, 23rd 1859, with large collections of antiques, mineralogy, botanic, a picture gallery, an ethnographical collection and zoology.