The Hungarian Money Museum and Visitor Centre will soon open its doors to the general public in the renewed building of the former Postal Palace. The country’s first office building was restored from the outside to match its original plans in 1924.
The so-called ‘Postal Palace’ on Széll Kálmán Square in Budapest, handed over in 1926, was the first office building in Hungary.
The listed building underwent a complete renovation: with the establishment of the Money Museum, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank wanted to establish a centre for the transfer of historical and practical knowledge related to the use of money and a citadel of Hungarian financial education.
During the renovation, the building was reborn as a new, multifunctional space with modern features, retaining its characteristic Art Nouveau features.
The building was formerly known as the Postal Palace, more recently the Buda Palace, says magyarépitők.hu.
The property, built in an Eclectic-Art Nouveau style, originally functioned as the directorate of the Royal Hungarian Post but suffered serious damage from the siege of Buda during the Second World War. After the war, the building remained in use by the post office until the 2000s.
The experience space of the museum is equipped with the most modern pedagogical and digital technologies.
During the design of the concept, similar facilities of central banks in many countries were studied to open the door to an institution that implements the balance between entertainment and education functions in the most special form.
The Money Museum will have its opening on March 15th and will be open to the public from the 16th in the newly renovated building. Exhibitions are free, but pre-registration is required.
The exhibition revolves around the five basic functions of money: safekeeping, turnover, pay, world money, and treasure. Visitors can get acquainted with the reasons and forms of money formation, try what it would be like without money, and then view the most precious pieces of the MNB’s coin collection, writes infostart.hu.
Those interested can try out what kind of bankers they would be, they can try a stock market simulator, a world money wall, and a machine that simulates online shopping will introduce world money and the world market to the visitors.
Source: magyarépitők.hu, infostart.hu