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Hungary - Budapest -  Museum of Fine Arts

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The millenary session of the Hungarian Parliament in 1896 passed a law whereby art collections previously held in different institutions were to be unified and placed in the newly-established Museum of Fine Arts.  

On the basis of a competitive tender, Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog were commissioned to design and construct the building, which opened in 1906. The gallery displaying original paintings was placed in the first floor halls of the neo-classical building; however, only plaster casts were available to illustrate a complete history of European sculpture. It was for these life-size copy sculptures that the Doric, Ionic, Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque halls on the ground floor were designed, imitating the styles of individual periods of art history. However, as the number of original works increased, so the plaster sculptures were forced out of the building (the only one remaining, a copy of the group in the pediment of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, can be seen on the tympanum above the Museum’s main entrance), and the ground floor galleries are now also used to display original works of art. On the ground floor are the exhibitions of the Classical Antiquities and of 19th century paintings and sculptures; the Renaissance hall, where in addition to Renaissance frescoes and fountains items from the Sculpture Collection may be seen; the Prints and Drawings Gallery with temporary exhibitions; and the Marble and Baroque halls.
Due to the continuous renovation work on the building, individual permanent exhibitions of the Old Masters’ Gallery may temporarily be moved.

Ticets are valid for a one-time entry.

The docents of the Museum of Fine Arts offer individual visitors free guided tours in English in the Collection of Old Master Paintings from Tuesday to Friday at 11:00 and 14:00 and on Saturdays at 11:00. During the summer months Highlights Tours are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 13.00. Docents also offer free guided tours in Hungarian on Fridays at 14.00 and Saturdays at 11.00.

What was life like then?
During the museum visit, students listen to a guided tour given by a museum educator int he Old Masters’ Gallery. Afterwards they can check their knowledge by filling out a worksheet appropriate to their age group.

Target Age Group: upper elementary and high school students
Length of Visit: about 90 minutes
Cost : 7000 HUF/ group
Permanent Collection
Full price: HUF 1 600
Reduced price1: HUF 800
Minicard2 Holders: HUF 1 400Permanent Exhibitions
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5.30 pm (cashier until 4.30 pm)
Closed on Mondays
24 May: closed
19 June: Museums' Night

Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Docent Program
1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.
Levélcím: H-1396 Budapest 62., Pf. 463
Tel.: +36 1 4697 291
Fax: +36 1 4697 107

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