The Museum of Applied Arts or as the locals call it, Magyar Iparművészeti Múzeum, is one of the many prominent landmarks in Budapest and a definite must see for art lovers. It was established in 1872 as only the third of its kind in Europe following London and Vienna. The architectural design of the museum makes it a truly magnificent structure to visit on the outside while on the inside the museum displays many pieces of various genres of applied arts. Although the museum has a vast collection of truly unforgettable pieces, including over twenty thousand objects and a library that has over twenty-two thousand volumes, the architecture alone makes it an absolute must see. The Museum has stunning Zsolany tiles on the outside which gives it a colourful look while the centrally-protruding tower houses the main entrance.
The Art Nouveau building was opened by Emperor Franz Josheph in 1986 to mark the Millennium Celebrations with construction beginning in 1983. Between World War I and World War II the museum had little transactions although it received several donations such as that of Imre Shwaiger, Hungarian art vendor in Deli and by other private collectors. Today the museum is divided into permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The permanent exhibition is called “Collectors and Treasure” and it presents the people to whom the collections once belonged and tells the story of how the objects ended up in the Museum. It is divided into furniture, textiles, goldsmiths’, artworks, ceramics and glassware collections. The temporary exhibitions range from 16th century costumes to contemporary design items, for more information about the temporary exhibits please refer to the website included below. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.
Images of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest
Tours where you can see the Museum of Applied Arts
The Museum of Applied Arts offers an own guided tour on their website, so if you are interested in visiting it (it is a great museum) than this is an opportunity you should take into consideration (More Info). Further there are no tours I know that cover the Museum of Applied Arts as it is not located in a typical tourism hotspot.
Further info about the Museum of Applied Arts
For more information visit: http://www.imm.hu/
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