The Treasures of Budapest

The Treasures oBudapest - 125 Years of the Budapest History Museum
open: until 31 August 2013
 
Aquincumi Museum Kiscell Museum
 

 

The Chronology of the Museum

 

April 7, 1886: Károly Gerlóczy’s petition connected to the foundation of the Metropolitan Museum.

October 20, 1887: The City Council enters its decree on the establishment of the Metropolitan Museum into effect.

1888: Bálint Kuzsinszky is assigned to supervise the archaeological excavations in Aquincum – the unearthed artifacts are exhibited in one of the rooms of the Krempl Mill.

1889: The first volume of a periodical of the museum titled Budapest Régiségei (Antiquities of Budapest) is published. It is still printed today.

1890: The City Council votes in favor of the construction of a permanent museum facility in Aquincum.

 

 

May 10, 1894: The opening ceremony of the Aquincum Museum.

1896: The expanded complex of the Aquincum Museum opens.

March 18, 1896: The City Council ratifies its decree on the acquisition of the Palace of Exhibitions in the Városliget (City Park) to domicile the museum.

1898: Bálint Kuzsinszky submits his petition in respect to the organization of the Metropolitan Museum and specialized library.

1899: The City Council sanctions its decree on the foundation of the Metropolitan Museum and library. Bálint Kuzsinszky is appointed as its director. The museum is domiciled at the Palace of Exhibitions in the Városliget (City Park).

June 1, 1907: The Metropolitan Museum opens at the Palace of Exhibitions in the Városliget (City Park).

1911: The Zichy Collection is transferred to the Metropolitan Museum.

1912: Dénes Csánky is appointed as the director of the Metropolitan Museum.

1921: Bálint Kuzsinszky becomes the director of the Metropolitan Museum again.

1928: The City Council acquires the Károlyi Palace to domicile the Metropolitan Museum there.

1932: The Mediaeval Stone Gallery opens at the spire of the Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion).

1933: The Metropolitan Picture Gallery opens at the Károlyi Palace. Its director is Dénes Csánky.

1934: Bálint Kuzsinszky resigns from his director post and administrates the Aquincum Museum only.

1935: Dénes Csánky is appointed as a chief executive director. After his resignation in the same year, Henrik Horváth assumes control of the institution.

April 1, 1935: According to Miksa Schmidt’s will, the manor of Kiscell is endowed with the Metropolitan Museum.

April 6, 1936: The museum is denominated as Metropolitan History Museum.

1936: The Institute of Archaeology is founded at the Károlyi Palace.

 

1941: Lajos Nagy is appointed as chief executive director.

1942: The Mediaeval Stone Gallery becomes an independent department. It is denominated as Mediaeval Museum.

1943: The Underground Museum opens in Eskü Square (today Március 15. Square).

1945: Mayor Zoltán Vas designates the old Town Hall of Buda on Szentháromság Square 2. to domicile the Mediaeval Museum.

 

 

1947: Jenő Kopp, the director of the Metropolitan Picture Gallery is appointed as the director.

1948: Gábor Ö. Pogány is appointed as the director.

1950: László Gerevich is appointed as the director.

March 29, 1951: The new denomination of the institution is Budapest History Museum.  László Gerevich keeps supervising the museum as its director-general.

1953: The termination of the Metropolitan Picture Gallery. Its collection is amalgamated with the assemblage of the National Art Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 

1954: The compilation of a monograph titled Budapest története (The History of Budapest) is set afoot.

1954: The Museum of Military Settlement opens.

1961: Sándor Tarjányi is appointed as the new director-general.

1962: Gül Baba’s Türbe (mausoleum) opens.

1963: The Budapest History Museum is categorized as a national museum pursuant to the new Act on museums.

1966: The compilation of a handbook titled Budapest régészeti és újkortörténeti topográfiája (The Archaeological and Modern Era Topography of Budapest) is in its design progress.

1967: The Mediaeval Museum and Directorate General of the Budapest History Museum is relocated to Building “E” of the Castle of Buda.

1968: The Bath Museum in Flórián Square opens.

1972: Miklós Horváth is appointed as the new director-general of the museum.

1973: The initial two volumes of a monograph titled Budapest története (The History of Budapest) are circulated.

By the morning of June 5, 1973: Burglars steal 135 small size (bronze, terracotta, marble, and ivory) objects from the Aquincum Museum.

1974: The mediaeval Jewish Synagogue opens.

 

 

1978: The reconstruction of the building of the Kiscell Museum commences.

1979: The Bartók Béla Memorial Residence is subordinated to the administration of the museum.

1980: The fifth, concurrently last volume of a monograph titled Budapest története (The History of Budapest) is issued.

1982: After Miklós Horváth’s decease, György Székely is appointed as the new director-general of the institution.

1983: The Kiscell Museum reopens.

1984: The Bath Museum reopens.

1987: Deputy Director-General Imre Bánkúti is assigned temporarily to supervise the institution.

1988: László Selmeczi is appointed as the new chief director.

1988: The church of the Kiscell Museum opens as an exhibition hall.

1989: The Department of Fine Arts functions as Metropolitan Picture Gallery onwards.

1992: Géza Buzinkay is appointed as the new director-general.

1996: Sándor Bodó is appointed to manage the institution.

1997: The compilation of Budapest Történeti Atlasza (The Historic Atlas of Budapest) is preinstructed.

1998: The local government of Budapest bestows the “Pro Urbe” Award on the museum.

2000: The construction of the new office building of the Aquincum Museum is finished.

2001: Participation in the exhibitions of the MAGYart cultural season held in France.

By the morning of July 1, 2002: Burglars steal four paintings (Béla Czóbel: Lady Cook; Béla Czóbel: Lilac Still Life; Ödön Márffy: Supper with Companions; Imre Szobotka: Marketplace) from the permanent exhibition of the Kiscell Museum.

2004: The most prestigious prehistoric artifacts found in the territory of Budapest are displayed in the so-called European Prehistoric Virtual Museum to have been set up in the framework of the Leonardo Project.

2007: Phase I. of the reconstruction of the former ELMŰ building (designed by Dénes Györgyi) is finished in the area of the Aquincum Museum.

2008: The final reconstruction of the former ELMŰ edifice (designed by Dénes Györgyi) with the Visual Storage is finished.

July 1, 2011: The Budapest Gallery is attached to the Budapest History Museum pursuant to the resolution of the City Council of Budapest.

2012: The construction of a virtual experience space, a mythological playground, and the so-called Painting House, as well as of the new lounge at the Aquincum Museum is finished in the framework of the Pannonia Provincia Project.