In the two major cities of Maramureş, i.e. Baia Mare, the county capital, and Sighetu Marmaţiei, the old capital of Maramureş there are a number of museums worth visiting.
The Mineralogical Museum in Baia Mare hosts a spectacular collection of minerals and rare rocks which is unique in the world. Then, both in Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmaţiei there are museums of ethnography, where visitors can find out about the old occupations of the inhabitants of this land and can see old houses, costumes, pottery, tools and many others.
The history of Baia Mare and its neighbouring villages is illustrated by the County Museum of History and Archaeology, whereas the artistic heritage of the city is preserved by the Art Museum. Both these museums are in the county capital. The notorious political prison in the communist period of Sighetu Marmaţiei was turned into the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and Resistance.
Also in Sighetu Marmaţiei, the house where Elie Wiesel, a laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, was born became a memorial house and a museum of the local Jewish culture.
I have selected but a few of the most important cultural destinations of Maramureş region, but there are a lot more places which are worth visiting, including cultural sites, memorial houses and historical monuments.