Museum of Ethnography

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The Museum of Ethnography is one of the oldest institutions in Hungary. It was founded as a subdivision of the Hungarian National Museum in 1872. Its first collection was the East Asian collection of János Xantus. From the 1890s the attention began to focus on the disappearing values of the Hungarian culture and that of our neighbors, relatives, and other continents. Today the museum has a collection of around quarter of a million objects. Among the scientist who worked for the museum we can mention: Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály etc. The museum became an independent institution in 1947. In 1924 the museum was placed into an olden Grammar school and stayed there for 50 years. In 1973 part of the ex Palace of Justice was assigned to it. Nowadays the Museum of Ethnography has one of the biggest collections in Europe with its library and archives. It is an open cultural space, where past and present converge, where science and the transmission of knowledge conjoin, and where cultures and generations come to meet and converse.


From the Moccasin to the Ballet Shoe

24 June 2017 4:00 p.m. –25 June 2017 1:00 a.m.

This year’s Museums’ Night program builds on Bocskor, Boot, Paduka – Adventures in Footwear, the temporary exhibition that opened at the Museum of Ethnography this spring, along with a display of the institution’s own posh interiors.  In the focal point of the evening is a stage show featuring dances and dance shoes from various cultures, invlufinh Native American, Japanese, Classical Ballet, Tango, and others. Following the demonstration, the program will continue with visitor participation, culminating in an opportunity for audiences to learn and perform traditional Greek dances.


00:30 to 01:00
|dance, music
Greek Dance Instruction.  With Angelidis Vasilis and his Orchestra (Atrium). (Program may be subject to change.)
18:00 to 22:00
|kids programme, creative workshop
Slipper, Keychain, Shoelace:  handicrafts workshop for children and adults (1st Floor)..   Slipper, Keychain, Shoelace:... More
20:00 to 20:30
Silent Dance Films “Revamped”:  Bringing back the atmosphere of old-time moving pictures with folk music (Atrium).
22:00 to 23:15
|attraction, dance, music
Stage show featuring classical ballet; Native American, Japanese, African, and traditional Hungarian dance; and tango (Atrium).