The Cotroceni National Museum focused on reflecting the history of the Cotroceni ensemble, its evolution and transformations that have occurred over time. Currently in the museum can be visited the cuhnia (kitchen) of the former Cotroceni Monastery, the trapeze (dining room) and two spaces belonging to the former royal palace, representative for the Romanian architecture from the end of the XVII century.
A reference moment in the history of the nineteenth century was the reign of Alexandru Ioan Cuza (1859-1866), the royal residence of Cotroceni becoming from 1862, the frame of discussions and decisions that marked his reforming reign. The history of royalty in Romania is also related to Cotroceni, Prince Carol I frequented the royal palace from June 1866. From his initiative, in 1893, (on the site of the former royal palace) the construction of a new palace for the heirs of the crown – Prince Ferdinand and his wife Princess Maria began. The French architect Paul Gottereau chose for the new palace an original solution that individualizes it, each interior trying to reconstruct from a decorative point of view, a style subject to the rigor of historians. Between 1949 – 1976, the Cotroceni Palace changed its destination, becoming the Pioneers Palace. Since July 12, 1991, by governmental decision, the old wing of the Cotroceni Palace has been transformed into a museum – the Cotroceni National Museum, open to the public since December 27, 1991. Today, the Museum National Cotroceni is a leading cultural institution, in the cultural landscape of Bucharest, where exceptional events take place periodically.