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Museum of Applied Arts - Budapest
Address: 1091, Budapest Üllői út 33-37.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri-Sun 10-18
applied art, art collecting, education, free time, permanent exhibition
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Museum tickets, service costs:
Individual combined ticket for adults
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
3000 HUF
/ capita
Group combined ticket for adults
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
2400 HUF
/ group
Individual combined ticket for students
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
1500 HUF
/ capita
Group combined ticket for students
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
1200 HUF
/ group
Individual combined ticket for pensioners
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
1500 HUF
/ capita
Combined ticket for families
(valid for the permanent exhibitions)
7000 HUF
/ family
The Museum of Applied Arts was established in 1872, as the third of the sort in Europe, after London and Vienna. The Museum of Applied Arts together with the Museum of Fine Arts is the keeper of the most illustrious collections in Hungary.

The current exhibition presents pieces from the museum’s collection shedding a very new light at them. Works of art illustrate the founding and history of the museum.

The exhibition deals with the most important stages in the history of the museum, beginning in 1872, also considering museum managers, private collections, auctions and donators. A comprehensive picture of the collecting work beginning with conceptual collecting up to tendencies of various eras are reviewed thus confronting the visitors with the past and present.

Various pieces in terms of the era of their making, ornament and style are lined up one after another representing the taste and activity of a collector each. The picture is eclectic as collecting activity took various directions. Nevertheless, this variegation is only strange for those who have never considered collecting and only have known pure style but not existing categories. Varietas delectat.

When we consider the history of the museum, we come up with eleven units: the first three units show how the museum answered the objectives set in 1878. It collected universal and old applied art related items. These were mostly taken from the Hungarian National Museum’s Antique Collection, as well as from Hungarian and foreign collectors.

At the beginning, the museum nurtured fine national and international relations with collectors. In this respect, we show two units from the 1880s to the first part of the 20th century. The first two managers, György Ráth and Jenő Radisics did a lot to raise the museum's standard and make it an internationally acclaimed museum.

During the management of Gyula Végh, the museum nurtured excellent relations with the Friends of Art Museum Society with collectors among its members. In 1934, the museum was degraded one of the departments of the MNM, but still acquired a number of museum pieces, among others the Jankovich Collection. After the period of 1945-48, the collection grew considerably adding pieces from disintegrated private collections. These were the times when the monumental public collections were relocated terminally.

In the 1960s, a growth in the collection could be perceived, mainly considering pieces related to cultural history. By the second part of the 20th century, however, the museum focused on collecting modern and period contemporary pieces. It is the characteristic trait of the museum's collecting work even nowadays.

The exhibition presents over 400 museum pieces of various genres, including lace, leather chests, bookbinding, and jewellery.

Both wildly known and less known pieces are on display. We hope to form the taste of the audience in large, aid future collectors' education and set a base for patronage. We also hope to set an example by reviewing the activity of past collectors and thus encourage present collecting activity. Computer games drive the attention of the youth to the showing, in addition to posters and advertisements.

Free leporellos and albums can be obtained in the museum shop. Guided tours are provided to our visitors.