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Regional House and Local History Collection - Harta
The museum building
Address: 6326, Harta Templom utca 62.
Phone number: (20) 965-7700
Opening hours: 15.03-01.11.: Tue (on prior notice)
Harta is a village situated on the left bank of the Danube, 100 km south of Budapest having a population of 4000. Its modern history started in 1723 when the first settler families from the Rhineland-Palatinate, Hessen-Pfalz and Württenberg arrived at Pál Ráday's estate. The country house was founded as a "Local History Collection" in 1967.

The house was left untouched for 30 years and desperately needed renovation when the roof and the interior were renewed in 2002. Following the restoration of its objects the Harta German National Country House was solemnly re-opened in its new form on 20th August 2006.

The dwelling authentically presents the interior design of the German minority living in Harta. The unforgettable scene of its two rooms with famous, uniquely painted furniture welcomes the visitors. Additional outstanding items of the collection are the local folk costumes and blue dyed textiles. Also several extraordinary beaded bonnets (called "haup") and knitted tights are exhibited. The open "smoke" kitchen which was preserved in its original form gives room for iron dishes, local potteries and "Mórágy" potteries bought at Dunaföldvár market.

Thanks to the subsidy received from the "Country Houses for the Community" program, new exhibition rooms could be opened in Baum-house in 2009. In "Harta Felvidék room", visitors can see the history and interior design of families who settled here from the Hungarian "Felvidék" (Upper Hungary). Also the paintings of a local artist, Tibor Gallé are displayed here. His pictures illustrate Harta at the beginning of the 20th century.

Permanent exhibitions
Tibor Gallé (1896-1944), an artist was born and raised in Harta. His paintings were bequeathed to the village by his parents. The first local exhibition "An artist and his homeland" opened in 1976. According to the grantors' will most of the pictures displayed depict Harta and its people. Besides having art historical values, they illustrate local history as well.

The copper engravings and lino cuts inspired by the landscape and village people were exhibited in Budapest and in many corners of the world promoting the achievements of the Hungarian art. In Tibor Gallé Memory room, the pictures that were displayed in different places are now collected and exhibited together.

The collections are continuously expanding thanks to the sustained efforts to guard Harta's traditional values.

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The end of WWII made sorrowful changes in the colourful history of the village: 287 German families were deported and 243 families were located in Harta. These people with Hungarian mother tongue came from several villages of the Upper Hungary (Modern Slovakia) region: Alsószeli, Csölösztő, Diószeg, Garamlök, Garammikola, Gútor, Kálna, Kisbalog, Kisfödémes, Kismácséd, Kispeszek, Kisújfalu, Léva, Losonc, Nagybalog, Nagysalló, Nagyfödémes, Nagymácséd, Nagypeszek, Nyírágó, Osgyán, Pádár, Rimaszombat, Somorja, Taksony, Tejfalu. After a hard beginning of their coexistence with the local community, people became reconciled to their common fate, and started to work together successfully establishing the development of the village.

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