Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum of Applied Arts is a masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau, built between 1893 and 1896 to plans by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos.

Lechner created a national architectural idiom with international aspirations, drawing on Eastern, Western and Hungarian vernacular architecture. The Museum stands as one of the outstanding buildings of European Art Nouveau, with many special features: on the outside it is topped by an enormous dome, and the interior evokes oriental splendour, with glass-roofed halls surrounded by two-storey arcades. The tiles of the rich Hungarian-style ornamentation on the exterior and interior walls and the roof were specially made by the world-famous Zsolnay company of Pécs.

Francis Joseph, Austrian Emperor and King of Hungary, opened the building on 25 October 1896 as the closing event of the Millennium celebrations. The Museum, having been founded in 1872 (making it the third museum of applied arts in the world after those in London and Vienna), was at last able to move its collections into a building of its own.

The Museum's initial aim was to create an art collection that would promote the development of Hungarian craft industries and raise the standard of public taste; besides being a museum it was to accommodate a library and a school.

The past and the future of the museum

We overview the 121 year old history of the museum from the opening ceremony in 1896 to nowadays and we even try to look out to the future of the museum, beyond the reconstruction of the building.

What was the Museum of Applied Arts back then and what will it be like in the future? 

Programmes

Permanent exhibition |exhibition
The new permanent exhibition opened in 2006 comprises approximately 400 artworks of outstanding quality and features the creation of the... More
Temporary exhibition |exhibition
Thanks to the financial support of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank the conference table from the former furnishings of the New York office of the... More
Temporary exhibition |exhibition
Everything in this exhibition is arranged according to its dominant colour. The greens are in one room, the blues in another, and the reds... More
Temporary exhibition |exhibition
  Photo exhibition with film screenings about the museum building from its 121-year history to the current reconstruction plans,... More
18:00 to 02:00
|attraction, other, gastronomy
  Coffee-house atmosphere from the turn of the century! Enjoy the view of the glass hall with a cup of coffee!
18:00 to 22:00
|attraction, other, performance
Fashion show of the examination material of the Forrai Secondary Art School and András Jelky Applied Arts School. The presented... More
18:00 to 02:00
|attraction, other, creative workshop
  Young Hungarian artists and brands will introduce themselves offering their products and involving the visitors through workshops... More
18:00 to 02:00
|attraction, other
Make a picture of yourself in a turn-of-the-century interior with authentic costumes! (The first 200 visitors are our guests to take a... More
18:00 to 22:00
|attraction, other
  Organize your own artwork from the museum's artworks using our interactive puzzle!