Szentendre as the city of art and museums

The Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre

The Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre ©zolakoma/Flick

Szentendre is truly a town of arts and museums. The quiet little town attracted artists since the beginning of the century. More than two hundred fine and applied artists, writers, poets, musicians and actors live and work in the city. The most famous ones that spent time here include Lajos Kassák, István Vas, Béla Hamvas and László Németh.

The number of museums in Szentendre per person is extremely high at the national level. A large number of museums and galleries show the rich history of the city and the eventful artistic life. Many of these are privately owned museums, where we can see the exhibitions of renowned local artists.


Museum and Gallery in Szentendre

Museum and Gallery in Szentendre ©steve p2008/Flick

The most famous museums in Szentendre

In the MűvészetMalom (Art Mill) Arts and Culture Center are held many temporary exhibitions. You will find the following museums in Szentendre: the Ferenczy Museum, the Barcsay Collection, the Czóbel Museum, the John Kmetty Memorial Museum, the Margit Kovács Ceramic Collection, the Roman Stone Collection.

The Barcsay Collection in Szentendre

The Barcsay Collection in Szentendre ©steve p2008/Flick

The city of Szentendre has some really special museums as the Diamond Museum, the Dobos Sweets exhibition, the Gastro and Drink Museum, the Chocolate Museum, the Lamp Museum, the Glass Museum, the Puppet Museum and the Hungarian Historical Jewelery Exhibition. The most famous museum of this type is the Szamos Marzipan Confectionery Museum Somes, which is the first museum that presents martipan works. Among the works you will see the figure of famous personalities, artfully decorated wedding cakes, cartoon characters and other sweet celebrities, as well as the 160 cm sculpted marzipan Parliament.

The marvelous Open Air Ethnographic Museum

As we walk in the Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre, founded on the 1st of February in 1967, we are part of a real time travel. The exhibition of 55 hectares presents the folk architecture and traditional lifestyle of the Hungarians, accompanied withcraft shows, folklore programs and theatrical performances. Walking between the peasant courts, residential and farm buildings, workshops, contemporary churches the visitor may feel that is part of the busting life of  the original villages. You can see forgotten and rare crafts and handicrafts, traditional peasant foods, the celebrations of the rural-urban agriculture society, customs, home culture. In weekends folk artists and craftsmen allow you to get an insight into the tricks of their craft and are happy to teach those interested. During the peasant feasts, the organizers evoke the customs and atmosphere of those days. In this case the visitor is not just a passive recipient of the events, but an active participant. For example at Easter you can try the egg decoration, a horseshoe or the batik technique, you can create pottery and candle and you can taste the traditional Easter dishes as well.

The Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre

The Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre ©zolakoma/Flick

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