Budapest transport museum to be renovated

The building of the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport has been chosen under the Liget Budapest Project to receive a three-year development, which will include the restoration of its original splendour. These plans are part of the scheme that aims to renew the capital city’s largest public park, Városliget, often viewed by many as Budapest’s green lung.

In order to improve the museum as a whole, the HUF 7 million redevelopment will include the refurbishment of exhibition spaces, museum functions, and visitor reception areas, alongside the exterior restoration. The museum is set to be closed from April 15th 2015, which means that those on European river cruises in Budapest still have the opportunity to experience the transport museum before the scheduled construction work takes place.

Restoring the building to its former glory

Built following plans drawn by architect Ferenc Pfaff, the Romantic-Eclectic style building opened in 1989 and was one of the first museums of technology and transport in Europe. The museum was rebuilt to the architectural standards of the Socialist era in 1964-65 following the damage caused during an air raid in 1944 and since then, the building received further extensions in 1979 and 1985.

This news follows the recent announcement that the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts would also undergo reconstruction for the same period of three years and reopening in February 2018. This is in a move to create a new ‘Museum Quarter’ in the corner of the Városliget Park near the monument of 1956 revolution, which will merge several far-flung museums.

The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport is set to reopen in spring 2018, following the completion of the extensive works.

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