(youths aged 6–26 years; senior citizens aged
Tuesday – Sunday
April to October
10.00am – 6.00pm
November to March
10.00am – 4.00pm
MAIN BUILDING – THE LEGACY OF SZOBOSZLÓ
12 Bocskai Street
11 Bocskai Street
THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
14 Bocskai Street
THE FOLK ART OF THE HAJDÚSÁG
21 Bocskai Street
12 Bocskai Street, 4200 Hajdúszoboszló
Phone: +36 52/362-165
The first museum exhibition in Hajdúszoboszló opened in 1958. The collection was constantly growing, therefore, it was moved to a new place in the 1980s. The buildings of the István Bocskai Museum are situated in the historical town centre in the former lords’ club, the Catholic cultural centre and the dwelling house of a former mayor.
The permanent exhibition on the history of the town bears the title The Legacy of Szoboszló: Earth – Sword – Water. It is an interactive exhibition presenting the history of the town in two major thematic units. Various documents and relics show the progress the settlement made from its first mention in 1075 through its destruction during the Turkish occupation until receiving the privileged status of “hajdú” towns in the 17th century. The exhibition centres around the figure of István Bocskai and the charter of privileges issued by him on 2 September 1606 in Kassa to the hajdú cavalrymen he settled down in the town. The so-called Bocskai flag is not only the symbol of the museum but also a national treasure. Visitors take special interest in the discovery of thermal water, the work of the geologist Ferenc Pávai Vajna, and the history of the thermal bath.
Outside, in the yard visitors can take a look at the agricultural machine shed with farming, passenger and load vehicles such as the so-called Hoffher claw tractor.
One of the unique exhibitions of the region is the one covering both the folk art of the Hajdúság and the applied folk art of Hadúszoboszló. It shows the elaborately decorated objects for special occasions side by side with ordinary tools that acquired their final shapes during everyday life and work. The memorial exhibition showing the works of István Fazekas, master of the so-called Nádudvar black ceramics, can also be found in this building together with the selected pieces of Joseph Kadar's folk ceramics collection.
The International Museum of Modern Art was founded by Joseph Kadar, painter, who was born in Hajdúszoboszló and lives in Paris. His collection of contemporary art gives a foretaste from the works of the classics of the 20th century: Pablo Picasso, Braque, Le Corbusier, Victor Vasarely, Nicolas Schöffer, Piérre Székely et al. The memorial exhibition of György Rácz (1944-2008), artist is also in this building, in the park visitors can take a look at our collection of modern sculptures.
In the Museum Gallery the copperplates and wash-drawings of Gusztáv Cseh (1934-1985), graphic artist from Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca in Romania) are exhibited. This building is also the home of our temporary exhibitions. At present it is a retro exhibition with the title 8 Hours of Labour, 8 Hours of Recreation, 8 Hours of Rest.
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