Where to See Hungarian Folk Art

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Alex Mackintosh

Hungarian folk art occupies an important space in the country’s culture: colourful embroidery, pottery, lace and more are displayed in museums, produced by local craftsmen and bought by visitors and locals to this day. Join us on a folk art tour of Hungary, as we take a look at where to see the best of this original art form.


1. The Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art


Set over two venues, this museum showcasing Hungarian folk art holds thousands of exhibits. Embroidery, pottery, lace and furniture can all be enjoyed by those keen to take a look into the traditional arts and crafts of Hungary, with the famous Busójárás masks worn during Hungary’s most well known carnival event can also be found here. The collection is constantly being refreshed with the addition of new items recently created, allowing for a fluid presentation of changing trends and methods of creation. Temporary exhibitions can be be found at the nearby Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art temporary exhibition hall.

2. The Museum of Ethnography

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Hungarian Museum of Ethnography
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Standing opposite the Hungarian Parliament Building, this Neo-Renaissance palace houses a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions relating to Hungarian culture. “Traditional Culture of the Hungarians”, the museum‘s permanent exhibition, focuses on the Hungarian peasantry between the late 1700s up until WWI and the development of folk art throughout this period is a key focus. Textiles, painted furniture and colourful folk costumes are just a few examples of the art which can be seen by visitors, while the recent addition of interactive workstations to the exhibition allow for a deeper insight into the history of the period’s folk art.

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3. Skanzen Open Air Museum


Founded in 1967 and located near the Hungarian city of Szentendre, this open air museum provides a trip back in time. Its aim is to share traditional folk customs with visitors and there’s certainly plenty to see across the 113 acres of land which the museum stands on. A number of different areas have been created, from a northern Hungarian village to a market town on the Great Hungarian plain, each offering an insight into a different way of traditional Hungarian life. Events and activities bring the focus onto Hungarian folk arts and crafts, while each area of the museum offers exhibitions within the houses built there. It’s the perfect place to check out Hungarian folk art in what would have been its natural environment.

Creative Houses

The Association of Hungarian Folk Artists supports a number of creative houses across Hungary, in which local craftsmen work together to share their skills and knowledge in a community environment. There are often events and activities run by the various Creative Houses and while these are often in Hungarian, it’s a great opportunity to get an authentic experience of Hungarian folk art.

Bereg County

A drive through the northeastern Bereg region of Hungary allows visitors to stumble upon Hungarian folk art almost by accident: Churches adorned with traditional paintings are dotted throughout the area, while local craftsmen sell their wares in towns and villages along the way. The region is known for its preservation of tradition making it a great place to explore for anyone looking to see Hungarian folk art outside a museum. The small village of Tákos is a must: the Tákos Calvinist Church is notable for its painted ceiling and carved pulpit, while the Tákos Provincial House sells local crafts and delicacies. In the nearby village of Vásárosnamény, the Bereg Museum houses exhibitions focused on textiles, embroidery, pottery and painted eggs.

Tákos, Bereg County, Hungary

Vásárosnamény, Bereg County, Hungary

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