The Museum of Applied Arts - lush Art Nouveau

The Museum of Applied Arts - lush Art Nouveau

An architectural masterpiece, the museum impresses as much by its design as by its collections.

Palace or museum? Visitors might well hesitate before this stone lace facade capped with a green and yellow ceramic roof. In through the door, you enter into the magical Art Nouveau world of the architect Ödön Lechner.

The Museum of Applied Arts, built between 1893 and 1896 by the ‘Hungarian Gaudí', illustrates a dream encounter between the West and the East. You would not be surprised, then, to meet a princess of the Thousand and One Nights. The white arches feature Ottoman, Persian, and Indian arabesques under a huge canopy that is resolutely of the European fashion of the time. Added to this are floral and animal motifs of the Magyar culture. Lechner left a number of pearls in the city (take a look at the former Savings Bank of the Post Office, the Geological Institute and the Villa Sipeki Balás).

As for the permanent collection, it showcases furniture, glassware, and silverware from the period.

Museum of Applied Arts
Üllői út 33-37
1091 Budapest

+36 (1) 456 5107