In the Kiscell Museum's collections there is a very special printing press - the one that was once used to print the poem Nemzeti dal (National Song) during the 1848 Revolution. Written by renowned Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi, the poem has become a symbol of national autonomy when Hungary was still under the reign of the Austrian Empire.
15 March, the date when the revolution started in 1848, has since become a national holiday. The Kiscell Museum celebrates this glorious memorial day by giving our visitors the chance to print their own copy of Nemzeti dal on the Columbia printing press. With the help of a professional printer, you can learn how the machine works and you can experience how documents were printed more than 150 years ago.
The permanent exhibition of the Kiscell Museum presents the 19th and 20th century history of printing in Budapest with unique pieces such as the copper plate depicting the Holy Trinity statue in Buda, or the font of the University Press. The exhibition showcases historical technical devices from the past such as a Gutenberg press and a linotype machine.