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Reopening: Museum of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Gallery, National Musem Await Visitors

Csenge Schőnviszky 2020.06.22.

After three months of forced closure, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Hungarian National Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts can be visited again as of Saturday.

The three institutions closed in mid-March due to the epidemic threat. Since then the public could only view the collections online.

After the reopening, besides the permanent exhibitions in the museums, a graphic chamber exhibition entitled The Age of Dürer can be seen in the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition Dürer’s Age – German Drawings and Engravings from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is now open and can be seen until mid-October, features drawings from two centuries from the world of international Gothic through the Renaissance, to the Mannerist period. 

The Hungarian National Gallery is open to visitors from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekdays, except on Mondays, and from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. The Museum of Fine Arts – also closed on Mondays – is otherwise open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Visitors in the Hungarian National Gallery after reopening. Márton Mónus/MTI

Besides the permanent exhibitions, the Hungarian National Museum is also making the community exhibition ‘Our Common Time ’89 -90’ open to the public, which had just opened before the epidemic.

Viewing the exhibitions is only allowed with pre-registration from 10 am to 6 pm. The museum primarily encourages visitors to purchase tickets online through the Ticketmaster interface. The building can accommodate 250 visitors in 2-hour time slots. With advance tickets, 200 people can arrive, however, the institution also thinks of those who have not reserved tickets. Within the time slots, a maximum of 50 people can also enter and pay with a credit card. If the number of visitors reaches 250 at a time, visitors will have to wait until the next available time.

In the renovated Museum Garden, guests can take a guided garden walk every Saturday and Sunday. For five weeks, starting on June 29th, a camp will be organized, with each walk highlighting a different historical period.

Museums are opening their doors with precautions: visitors are asked to keep a distance of one and a half meters, it is obligatory to wear a mask both for visitors and staff on the premises of the institutions, and hand sanitizer is provided at the entrances.

Featured photo illustration by Márton Mónus/MTI