Two Hungarian museums made it to the second round of the competition for the European Museum of the Year Award 2018, as magyarmuzeumok.hu states. It caught some people by surprise because none of these tow possesses a traditional public collection.
Almásy Mansion Visitor’s Centre in Gyula
This museum opened in 2016. It has an interactive exhibition which informs the visitors about the life of the residency’s aristocracy and servantry. We can also hear about the long-ago dining habits, meals, and dress codes. Furthermore, there are many interesting stories about the landowner family’s everyday life and the different functions of the castle’s areas.
There is a permanent as well as a temporary exhibition. Different programmes on Saturdays are guaranteed. There is a souvenir shop and the Mansion Café, what is more, you can even rent the castle for special occasions. Additionally, on the museum’s homepage, you can also take a virtual tour in case you do not have the chance to come personally. For more information, visit the museum’s website.
If you are in Gyula, do not miss out visiting this fantastic city.
Hospital in the Rock
Once, this museum functioned as a civil defence emergency hospital, hidden from the public. The museum could open in 2008 after the decryption. It has Hungary’s biggest waxwork exhibition that demonstrates the hospital’s history and the development of the army remedy. It also displays the tools of the civil defence.
This museum hosts exciting programmes such as Spygames, Medicine Thematic Activities, Extramural History Lessons, and Interactive Guided Tours. Its website is very informative for this reason you should definitely take a look.
Because the Hospital in the Rock lies in the historical Buda Castle Area, there is a lot to do after visiting the exhibition. Take a look at the Buda Castle, have a walk at the Fisherman’s Bastion, or take a visit to the Labyrinth in Buda Castle.
The final challenge of the European Museum of the Year Award 2018 will be between the 9th and the 12th of May in Warsaw, where applicants can make a presentation about their museums. Who do you think will be the winner this year?
European Museum of the Year Award 2019
Parallel to this competition, application for the European Museum of the Year Award 2019 has already started. Any museums that opened or went through a significant innovation in the last three years can apply. The deadline is the 12th of April 2018.
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