I came with a list of all the things I hoped to do. A ridiculous list, quite unrealistic! But I did manage to do some of them, even though I came down with a bad cold for four days in the middle.
Tuesday of the full week there Emily and I visited one of my favorite museums, The Ethnographic Museum, which has a wonderful permanent collection of Hungarian folk life in all the different regions of the country during the last half of the 19th century and early 20th century. They have a lovely collection of folk costumes which were different from village to village, and of the many crafts practiced by the people. For $3.00 extra I was able to buy a ticket which allowed me to photograph anything I wished as long as I didn’t use flash. I didn’t and was happy that the photos seemed to turn out even though the lighting was not very good.
I first saw this museum in ’73 and it has slowly improved. Now I hear that these collections will be moved somewhere else and the building which now houses them returned to the Judiciary for whom it was originally built in the 1870s. Here are some pictures of the beautiful things I saw that day. You can click on them to enlarge the images.
I am going to stop uploading pictures now, though I have lots and lots more! I don’t know if any of my dear readers have as much interest in such things as I do. I was interested before I met my husband, though I’m not Hungarian. I had friends who founded a Hungarian folk dance group and first introduced me to the music and arts of this fascinating country. Wherever it is in the future, if any of you are ever in Budapest this museum is well worth seeing – even in a city with wonderful museums.