The Munkácsy Mihály Museum, the cultural palace of Békéscsaba, has a history of more than 100 years. Its predecessor was founded by the Békéscsaba Museum Association in 1899. The museum's imposing building was inaugurated and opened to the public as the House of Public Culture in 1914. Today, the museum is still housed in the same building, which in 1951 took the name of Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900), the world-famous painter who spent his childhood in Békéscsaba. It boasts the largest collection of Munkácsy's works in the world. The priceless collection consists of around ten paintings, nine prints and a constantly growing collection of relics, currently numbering 576 items, which the museum considers its primary duty to present and cultivate.
In addition to promoting the Munkácsy legacy, the museum also seeks to make cultural values connected to Békéscsaba and Békés County - the traditions of the Hungarian and ethnic Hungarian communities living in the county - available to everyone.
The unique collection of the Munkácsy Mihály Museum consists of natural history, archaeology, ethnography, history and fine arts materials, the most unique pieces of which can be seen in the permanent exhibitions. In a visitor-friendly environment, the institution offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions, a wide selection of cultural and educational programmes, high-quality events attracting large crowds, and museum education activities for visitors interested in a meaningful and cultured way of spending their leisure time.
The image of the Munkácsy Mihály Museum has undergone a significant transformation in recent years thanks to EU and government funding. As a culmination of this, the permanent exhibitions are being completely renewed with a modern approach. The new Munkácsy exhibition, which is part of the renovated museum building and the new permanent exhibition "Timeline", has become one of the curiosities and "crown jewels" of the Munkácsy district.
Munkácsy Mihály Museum
5600 Békéscsaba, Széchenyi u. 9.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 18:00 pm, Closed on Monday