Astra Museum is one of the largest open-air museums in Romania and in south-eastern Europe – the ASTRA Traditional Folk Civilization Museum. It is located in the Dumbrava Forest, 4 km away from the city of Sibiu. The impressive location in Dumbrava shows, in harmoniously marked areas, the wonderful world of the Romanian village life. The open-air museum was established in 1963 by a team lead by Cornel Irimie under the name Folk Technique Museum.
Crossed by 10 km of alleys which lead to 300 buildings, the museum area is a pleasant place to spend free time in, and it illustrates original monuments representative for the system of values and principles in the Romanian village life. The museum in the Dumbrava Forest manages to bring forward to the tourists the ethnographical and monumental heritage as living pieces of the folk civilization. The open-air museum was organized on a theme basis, thus five large sectors are available. Along with the households the museum also exhibits wood workshops, stone workshops and metal workshops, but also clothing and household items workshops, leather and fur workshops etc. In addition, all fields are represented: agriculture, animal husbandry, beekeeping, fishing and hunting in traditional households like sheepfolds, wineries, fisheries etc.