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Museum of Applied Arts (Temporarily closed)

Photo : Bódis Krisztián / We Love Budapest
Iparművészeti Múzeum

UPDATE: The museum closed in the fall of 2017 to start the full reconstruction and expansion. The building will be expanded with a new, modern, crystal-like wing which means that the exhibition space will be three times bigger than it currently is, and that the museum will have modern storage and restoration conditions. The building will possibly reopen in 2022.

The building of the Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum) is one of the finest examples of Hungarian Art-Nouveau architecture. Its Zsolnay porcelain tiles are reminiscent of Islamic and Hindu architecture. Its interior on the other hand, is pure white, blending various architectural styles. In addition to the permanent exhibition of Hungarian craftsmanship and artwork, the building hosts numerous design events and temporary modern exhibitions as well. According to plans the several hundred thousand pieces of the museum’s collection will all be digitalized, thus will be available online in the future.