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Balaton Museum - Keszthely
Address: 8360, Keszthely M├║zeum u. 2.
Phone number: (83) 312-351, (83) 511-335
Opening hours: 01.09-31.10.: Tue-Sat 10-17, 01.11-30.: Tue-Sat 10-16
biology, botany, crafts, economy, fishing, navigation, permanent exhibition, public transport, services, zoology
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Museum tickets, service costs:
Ticket for adults
800 HUF
/ capita
Group ticket for adults
(min. 8 people)
600 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for students
400 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for pensioners
400 HUF
/ capita
Ticket for families
(2 adults + min. 2 children)
400 HUF
/ capita
Combined ticket
(┬ĹI PROGRAMME PACKAGE┬ĺ: ticket + guided tour at the permanent exhibition + museum pedagogy activity for student card holders over 10 people )
750 HUF
Combined ticket
(┬ĹII PROGRAMME PACKAGE┬ĺ: ticket + guided tour at the permanent exhibition + museum pedagogy activity + arts and crafts activity over 10 people )
1450 HUF
Guide
(on prior notice)
4500 HUF
Lake Balaton means different things to everybody: an unforgettable holiday, the bouquet of wine, the wonderful landscape, great excursions, castles crowning peaks of mountains, sports events...

Our exhibition catches exactly this kind of diversity and shows it the visitors, organized in intersections, in the form of chapters. We do not want to tell everything about Balaton (this is also suggested by the subtitle of the exhibition), but we would like to show the major characteristics through which the lake and its history can be known.

The exhibition recalls the history of the lake through eleven rooms.

The 1st room shows the formation and geology of Lake Balaton, lining up several new and important findings of the research of the last decades that put the question of the birth of the lake in a new perspective. The 2nd room analyses the relationship of man and the lake in the light of the settlement of the surroundings of the lake and the regulation of the water. The 3rd room shows us the fauna and the flora of Balaton in big dioramas, dividing the topic in three thematic parts (the life under the water, lakeside and the highland). In the 4th and the 5th rooms the visitors can get to know the castles and fortifications the prehistoric, roman and medieval periods of the surroundings of Balaton.

The 6th room serves the visitors as a "virtual point of knowledge"; here we surf in the history of the lake by the help of computers.

The 7th room deals with the most ancient food procuring method of the man of Lake Balaton - fishing. Dioramas revive the summer small-scale fishing and the winter large-scale ice-fishing. In the exhibition cases you can see fishing tools from the stone age up to the 19th century. In the middle of the room a dugout boat called light boat is put on sight.

The 8th and the 9th rooms deal with the history of the culture of bathing, tourism and sports, while the 10th and 11th rooms with the past of Balaton shipping.