Collector’s House Museum Adds English Tours

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A private museum that has been experiencing major success with its guided tours since opening in the fall of 2023 will launch an English-language service from June, the curator has told the Budapest Business Journal.

The Gyűjtő Háza, or The Collector’s House in English, is housed in the Kőrössy Villa, once the home of the respected architect Albert Kálmán Kőrössy, who used his extensive knowledge and experience to design the house in the Art Nouveau style. Among other things, the house contains 570 pieces of a 1,000-piece Zsolnay porcelain collection (the remainder is in storage) of András Szabó, considered one of the most important Zsolnay porcelain collections in the world.

“We offer a complex experience to our guests: we guide them to the end of the 19th century through masterpieces of architecture, applied arts and fine arts,” says Magdolna Költő, president of the ResoArt Foundation, established by Szabó to manage his collection of Zsolnay ceramics and paintings.

“We present the life story of Albert Kálmán Kőrössy, the fate of the Art Nouveau villa, but ‘The Collector’s House’ is also a tribute to the Zsolnay heritage. We tell the unique success story of the Zsolnay family and factory from the second half of the 1870s to the end of the 1920s,” Költő explains.

The museum can only be visited with a tour, and as it is fully booked until May, potential visitors will have to pick a summer date. Slots are available now. However, it must be noted that there will be a break in tours from the middle of July; they will resume at the beginning of September.

“From June, we will also provide guided tours in English so that both visitors and foreigners living here can enjoy this experience,” adds Krisztina Csalló, the exhibition curator.

The museum can be found at Városliget Fasor 47, in Pest’s District VII. Tickets and some more information are available in English at ligetplusz.hu/collectorshouse-rso. Tickets cost for HUF 20,000 per person.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of April 19, 2024.

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