Permanent Exhibitions

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Museum of National Széchényi Library Museum of National Széchényi Library

A permanent exhibition entitled “Library of the nation – a workshop of service” was opened on Floor 8 of Buda Castle in 1996. The museum presents the intellectual environment and the actual objects used by librarians and readers between 1802 and 1985. On display are furniture of historical, and especially library historical, value, one-time labels and notices of the Library, old stationery, machines and tools used in processing and during workshop activities, documents and photographs. National Széchényi Library, Buda Castle, “F” Building, Floor 5

 

Medieval treasures in NSZL’s Manuscript Collection

The Manuscript Collection of National Széchényi Library keeps approximately 700 codices, i.e. medieval, hand-written books, several pieces of which have been presented to the general public at various temporary exhibitions of the Library. Our permanent chamber exhibition aims at giving a comprehensive view of this priceless collection.

 

Imre Bogár’s mini book collection

 

One of National Széchényi Library’s permanent exhibitions is the one presenting a mini book collection once collected and owned by the late Director General of Zrínyi Printing House Imre Bogár who died in 1988. Owing to the generous donation of the collector’s family, this unique mini book collection is now owned by National Széchényi Library. A precondition of donation was that the collection be kept together in the form of a permanent exhibition, in memory of Imre Bogár. National Széchényi Library, Floor 7, Book Issue Station

 

NSZL’s Coat of Arms Collection includes coats of arms

The collection was founded by Katalin Fülep, PhD between 1998 and 2001. NSZL’s Coat of Arms Collection includes coats of arms, carved in oak and pear trees, as well as writing tapes. The coats of arms decorate the Boardroom on Floor 5 and the Library’s Ceremonial Hall on Floor 6.

 

Book Collection of Count Ferenc Széchényi

The most valuable, beautiful and restored items of the Book Collection of Count Ferenc Széchényi were put into a huge bookcase placed on the main corridor of Floor 5 in 2002, when NSZL celebrated the 200th anniversary of its foundation. The bookcase is equipped with an electronic, motion-sensor security system.

National Széchényi Library, Floor 5

 

Buda Castle – part of World HeritageBuda Castle – part of World Heritage

A permanent exhibition selecting from materials of three institutions, National Széchényi Library, Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum, operating on the premises of Buda Castle, presents the history of the buildings, declared as part of UNESCO World Heritage, with the help of pictures, documents and objects. National Széchényi Library, Floor 5, Elevator Corridor