The Kiscelli Museum is an out-of-the way satellite of the Hungarian National Museum. It is in Obuda, in what had been an 18th century Baroque style cloister that became a Viennese furniture factory. Now it is the “Municipal Picture Gallery of Budapest,” containing an eclectic mix of 18th and 19th century merchants’ signs; maps, painting and photographs of Budapest over time; furniture and reproduced interiors of late 19th century rooms including a pharmacy; clocks and boxes; antique printing presses; portrait galleries; 20th century Hungarian art; and a very odd installation of lighted plastic bags hovering just above the floor in the ancient crypt. We absolutely loved it all! Like rummaging through a very interesting attic. It takes some effort to get to it — on the Buda side, the #17 tram from Margit Hid, and then a long climb of stairs up to the top of Hermits Hill. Admission was 1000ft each ($4.50 or so) plus 600ft to take pictures. Unbelievable! For the longest time we were the only visitors and they seems so glad to have us. One of the guards spoke enough English to answer our questions. We’ll definitely go back.
A little world outside our window — miscellaneous photographs from our balcony over the last three months.
from ‘Our Class’ photographs from Hungarian Showcase I had the very good fortune one week in March to attend five plays – with English superscripts…
Hooray!!!! The sun is shining, the temperature is climbing, flowers are beginning to bloom, and we can enjoy the balcony finally.
We had a wonderful time sharing Budapest with Patrick, Gretchen, and the Atlanta kiddies. The weather could have been better but we had a full…