As per the decision of the Budapest City Council, the Director of the Óbuda Museum, Noémi Népessy was appointed as the new Director General of the Budapest History Museum from 1 April 2019. The colleagues of the four member institutions of the Budapest History Museum – namely, the Castle Museum, the Aquincum Museum, the Kiscell Museum - Municipal Gallery, and the Budapest Gallery – welcomed the new Director General yesterday at a general assembly.
Noémi Népessy was born in 1969 in Budapest. She has graduated in History at the University of Miskolc in 1998 with a specialization in Museology. After a short spell at a commercial art gallery in Budapest, she started working at the Óbuda Museum which was primarily a local history collection at the time. During her six and a half years there, she has also obtained a qualification as a Cultural Manager at the Loránd Eötvös University (ELTE) in 2001 as well as a degree in Economics at the Budapest College of Management (ÁVF) in 2006. From 2007, she worked as a cultural referent for one and a half years at the Óbuda-Békásmegyer Municipality where she participated in the designing process of the district’s cultural development plan.
In 2008, when the local government decided to establish a new institution by merging the Óbuda Museum and the Platán Library, she applied for and won the position of professional director of the new museum complex. Together with her colleagues, in the following years she completely renewed the institution, which she became the director of in 2012. In 2013, she also became the director of a new branch, a “twin institution” of the museum, the Goldberger Textile Collection, which opened in September of that year with a new permanent exhibition. For the creation and exemplary implementation of this museum, she was awarded the 2013 MuseumCafé Award. In 2014, the Museum of Óbuda was awarded the prestigious title of “Museum of the Year” for the comprehensive presentation of the outstanding memories of Hungarian industrial history, the exemplary museum development, and their achievements in community building.
As the new Director General of the Budapest History Museum, the main objective of Noémi Népessy is to transform the Budapest History Museum into a modern, open, visitor-oriented, service-providing urban museum that has a solid position among the main cultural attractions of Budapest.
photo: Dávid Kádár - BTM