Iparmuveseti Muzeum (Museum of Applied Arts)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by SaraP on February 3, 2004

If for no other reason, you need to wander past this museum for the absolutely fantastic exterior (see photo below) with the classic coloured tiling and golden topping. (By the by, thinking along the same architectural lines, just a couple of streets away on the river is the Great Market Hall – giving over to splendid views across the Szabadsag bridge to the Gellert Spa Hotel and the Liberation monument up on the Gellert-Hegy Hill, which also has a magnificent funky tiled roof and is worth a nip inside for the wrought ironwork fruit and vegetables and meat stalls inside, some of which are strung with red chillies and chains of garlic.)

The Applied Arts Museum is somewhat off the main drag, but nonetheless handily situated bang opposite the Ferenc Korut Metro station (on the blue line - M3). Walking inside is a real shock – with an exterior so bright and jazzily coloured, so European, you don’t expect a bright white, unadorned interior with shaping and mouldings evocative of an Indian palace or Turkish mosque. On the ground floor, having bought your ticket (and dropped off your coat downstairs if necessary), have a look in the light, airy internal courtyard (often hosting temporary exhibitions) and the clear glass ceiling. Upstairs are exhibitions on (unsurprisingly) the way in which art and artistry has been used and applied in everyday articles – modern clothes and shoes/handbags etc plus some more classical pieces, watches and clocks (some being exquisite gold filigree work), photography exhibitions, chinaware and porcelain, jewellery – almost endless although some of the rooms seem to close periodically so there are no guarantees about what is on show at any particular time.

Open 10am-6pm each day save Monday; entry 600Ft (plus 400Ft if you want to take any photos). There’s a free cloakroom, as many loos as you could want, a tiny gift shop which basically sells postcards and a mini guidebook to the museum, and a small coffee bar selling sandwiches/cakes.

Museum of Applied Arts
Ulloi ut 33-37
Budapest, Hungary, 1091
+36 1 217 5222


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