The first institution in Romania to implement the Naturweit program - ”Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum Research Institute Tulcea
Article published on 18-11-2020
In partnership with the German Commission for UNESCO, we launched this autumn in Romania the international volunteering program Naturweit
, through which young Germans aged 18 to 26 carry out internships, between 6 and 12 months, at natural sciences institutions.
ICEM Tulcea is a public institution with a scientific and cultural profile, under the authority of the Tulcea County Council, which aims at fundamental and applied research to protect and capitalize scientifically, educationally, culturally and touristically the natural and cultural heritage, especially in North Dobrogea.
Gavrilă Simion was a historian, archaeologist and museographer. During the 45 years of activity at the management of ICEM Tulcea, he set up sections, endowed museums with specific collections, organized and coordinated 11 archaeological sites in Tulcea County, did valuable research and discoveries on archaeological heritage, organized symposia and scientific sessions, developed the library and coordinated scientific publications, wrote studies and specialized articles.
The main directions of research - development and cultural - educational capitalization of the institution are:
- archeology, ancient and medieval history, modern and contemporary history;
- plastic and decorative arts;
- ethnography and folk art;
- biology (botany, entomology, malacology, ichthyology, ornithology, mammalogy), ecology, pedology;
- heritage conservation and restoration technologies.
The component museum centers of ICEM Tulcea are the Danube Delta Eco-Tourist Museum Center, the Museum of History and Archeology, the Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art, the North-Dobrogean Cultural Heritage Museum Complex (Art Museum and Avramide House - House of Collections).
The basic exhibitions of the museums, as well as the temporary ones, emphasize the most significant aspects specific to Tulcea County, in particular, and to Dobrogea, in general. The Institute offers visits, thematic lessons, documentaries, curricular competitions, as well as events organized on the occasion of important data for local and national history, or for highlighting current directions in the conservation and protection of the environment and cultural heritage in general.
The research component provides scientific or popular information material to both public and private sectors. Through its experts, ICEM Tulcea can provide expert reports for various cultural assets.
The Restoration-Conservation Laboratory, established in 1993, specializes in metal, ceramics, textiles, old books and bookbinding, wood, icons and taxidermy.
The current library has over 50,000 volumes, including old and rare books, collections of Romanian periodicals and foreign publications. The database can be accessed online
Stay close to meet the German volunteer hosted for 6 months by ICEM Tulcea!