'Night of Museums' in Hungary, 22 June

  • 13 Jun 2024 9:23 AM
'Night of Museums' in Hungary, 22 June
This annual museums extravaganza will be held nationwide on Saturday 22 June, featuring 2,500 programmes at 450 venues this year.

 Highlighted venues of the festival held for the 22nd time will be Székesfehérvár and Esztergom, said Róbert Zsigó, a state secretary of the culture and innovation ministry.

Besides family and children’s programmes, the Night of the Museums will offer film screenings, interactive events, concerts and folk programmes.

The organisers hope to surpass last year’s record visitor numbers of 380,000, he added.

The organisers say

For the 23rd time, the Night of the Museums will draw attention to their treasures right across the country. This year, a multitude of institutions are opening their doors wide to offer thousands of activities to inspire enthusiasts, educate children and encourage more of our fellow human beings to become regular museum-goers.

"I should try... it on,
"Touching objects!", but maybe...
My God, it would be nice
if this hat could fit! 

I tried it on. It was up to my neck. 
It was big, awfully big and everlasting.
I watched, I watched, I even smiled:
But never mind, I'll grow into it."

- Thus concludes the poem János Arany's Hat, written in 1955 by Sándor Kányádi, who was inspired by the great predecessor's headgear during a visit to the Szalonta museum.

These lines are still vivid and illustrate the poetic and childlike fever we feel when we visit a museum, where the past comes alive and the distances of space and time disappear.

This is the experience that never lets us see the treasures of our cultural heritage as dead objects lost in the mists of time. Because they are not. They are the intellectual and spiritual values that shape our present and our character that, if we use them well, will secure our future.

In times of crisis, perhaps we need such occasions even more, when we can linger before the panorama of knowledge, memories and achievements that Hungarian history and the wider world have to offer.

All the heritage that has accumulated over thousands of years, right up to the latest technological achievements. It is a kind of initiation ceremony, a sacred communion with our ancestors and with the great figures of our recent past.

Culture is a sure support. It's both a hold on our roots, so we know where we came from - and a gateway to our future.

Culture is a force that shapes identity and community, and living it is not only a beautiful duty but also a spiritual necessity. And a responsibility, because in order to pass it on to our children, we need to relearn and relive it from time to time.

Our museums and cultural institutions, whose tireless and dedicated staff take us behind the scenes to take an even closer look at the values of our heritage, offer a splendid and constantly renewing platform for this.

Thank you to our artists, who enrich the experience of families with a wide range of cultural activities throughout the night.

Let us learn, be amazed, have fun and take spiritual and intellectual nourishment with us wherever we go on Night of the Museums!

List of participating museums available here

Museum bus lines

From June 22, 2024, 6pm to June 23, 2:30am you can use the following bus lines operated by BKK free of charge using your wristband.

Map of museum bus lines (jpg).

Ticket prices: 
Adults: HUF 3000
Children (6-18 years old): HUF 1500
Children under 6: free



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