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A full size sculpture of the great composer stands in front of the house

Budapest Béla Bartók Memorial Museum

Address: 2nd district, Csalán út 29

How to get there: Bus 5, 29

Open: 10am-5pm Tue-Fri (closed on Mondays)

 

The exhibition celebrates the life and works of Béla Bartók, Hungary's famous 20th century composer. The artist lived and composed in this building between 1932 and 1940, it was his last residence in Hungary. The exhibition opened on March 25th, 1981, which date marked the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth. The residence was reconstructed to pay due tribute, the main entrance received a decoration imitating organ pipes. The full size sculpture of the great composer stands in front of the house, while the entrance hall presents a painting of his character.

 

Bartok's study was originally located on the second floor, where each piece of furniture - the Bosendorfer piano, the carved writing desk, the leather armchair - intends to reflect the very same atmosphere in which the composer lived and worked. The neighboring room preserved Bartok's painted and carved rustic furniture: a dining table with chairs, a buffet stand with a collection of drinking vessels and earthenware dishes - demonstrating Bartok's affection and commitment to folk art. This floor also displays materials related to Bartok's career, focusing on three of his most significant activities, those of the composer, the scholar of folk music, and last but not least, the performer.

 

The music shop plays records of Bartok's compositions, and sells books, sheet music, records, and tapes. Bartok's mineral, numismatic, entomological, and botanical collections are also displayed in this section.

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