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“Good, not exemplary”

Museum of Applied Arts
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Owner description: Designed by Odön Lechner and completed in 1896, the attractive edifice houses a permanent collection of traditional, and not-so-traditional, arts and crafts.
Reviewed May 29, 2013

If you don't get modern art or can't understand an art object without an explanation, like I am, then this is not the museum for you. The museum is currently under renovation and there are a couple of permanent exhibitions of medieval handicrafts and embroideries which are interesting. Personally, I found the building more interesting than many of its exhibits.
Had the entrance fee been lower, I wouldn't protest too much but I don't think I will be visiting again any time soon, but I am sure people who 'get' modern and applied arts will like it.

Thank FinickyCypriot
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This museum is located in a large and cavernous building which looks more interesting from the outside than it is inside. I am less enthusiastic about it than many other reviewers.

Inside it is Moorish Wedding Cake. One wonders whether it was originally intended to be polychrome but now everything is slathered in brilliant white eggshell which I found only one up from what an American friend would describe as “the inside of a Clorox bottle”. It feels like a missed opportunity.

As to the exhibits, they are not extensive and rather randomly laid out, but with some gems. There is an early automaton dating to the 16th century, some fine art nouveau furniture and ceramics.

When we went in May 2013 there was an exhibition of Bigot ceramics from Paris which had finally been unearthed after being put in store for 80 years immediately after purchase. These ceramics are intended for use on buildings (as you see in Paris to this day) and it was interesting to see them close up.

Worth a visit if you have a taste for these things, but by the standards of a decent museum one can really only score 5 out of ten.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

As others have commented, the main reason for going here is to see the building itself - perhaps the most graceful building in the city. The main hall is particularly stunning. As for the museum, the main collection is presented in an interesting way - they've chosen a couple of hundred objects to illustrate the way the collection was built up over time. Unusual but quite effective.

The temporary exhibition when I visited was devoted to lace - not very thrilling, and as all the examples seemed to be from the museum's own collection it's difficult to see why you have to pay extra.

Thank Dohfar
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The building itself would be worth seeing, inside and outside, no matter what the exhibitions are.

During my visit the temporary exhibitions happened to be intriguing and made the experience even better. Worth a visit in my opinion.

Thank laikanet
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

The building itself is a beautiful example of Hungarian Art Nouveau (go inside and you can have a look without buying any tickets). The exhibitions are sometimes uninteresting, but sometimes wonderful. Definitely a must for those interested in architecture, applied arts, art history and design.

Thank Jucjucjuc
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