The Corvina Library and the Buda Workshop

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The exhibition of National Széchényi Library entitled The Corvina Library and the Buda Workshop is open to visitors from November 6, 2018 until February 10, 2019.

A lot of splendid corvinas and other decorative codices have arrived in National Széchényi Library from various parts of the world, from New York, Paris, the Vatican City, as well as from Hungarian collections. Out of the manuscripts, several precious items, representing an important part of the history of culture, are on display for the first time in Hungary.

The exhibition opening on November 6 aims will present King Matthias’ world famous corvinas, and the unique works of the Buda workshop. In addition to the splendid codices ordered from Italy, similarly precious and decorative manuscripts were made in the royal court of Buda as well. It was due to the joint efforts of the book illuminators, book binders and scribes of Buda, and of the humanists dreaming up the library, that the royal bookhouse was converted into a decorative Renaissance-era royal library displaying uniform features. The aim of the exhibition is to explore and present the systematic and grandiose endeavor, serving the formation of a royal library in the court of Buda.

More about the exhibition



National Széchényi Library, Corvina Exhibition Halls, H-1014 Budapest, 4-5-6 Szent György Square. Wing “F” of Buda Royal Palace
(It can be approached from Dózsa György Square by the Express Elevator, or by buses 16 or 16/A to Dísz Square, and a short walk via Lion Court.)

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 9.00 – 18.00 – tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m.
Thursday, Friday: 9.00 – 20.00

Due to the great interest, in 2019 our exhibition will be open on Sundays January 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10 as well. On Thursday and Friday, visitors will be received until 8 p.m.

Dear Visitors!
The low level of temperature and light in the exhibition area is for the protection of the codices.
Thank you for your understanding.

Ticket prices – tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m.

  • “Mátyás és Beatrix” full price ticket (adult): HUF 2,600 /person
  • “Humanista” discount ticket (for children, students and retired visitors): HUF 1,300/ person
  • “Fekete Sereg” (group discount, for groups of adults over 10 persons): HUF 2,000/ person
  • ”Hunyadi” (family discount, 2 adults, 2 children): HUF 6,100
  • “Corvin János” small family discount (2 adults, 1 child): HUF 5,100
  • Museum education sessions for groups of students: HUF 3,500/ group (max. 25 persons). Session fee is to be paid in addition to the ticket price which also includes a guided tour of the exhibition. Preliminary registration for the session is required two weeks prior the session the latest, in writing, at the following address:
  • In addition to buying a ticket, you can also ask for a professional guided tour of the Corvina exhibition, the fee of which is HUF 6,000, no matter how many persons attend the tour. Due to stock preservation, a maximum of 25 persons can enter the exhibition halls at the same time. On Saturdays guided tours are held only for scheduled programs.

You can register for the guided tours in writing, at the following address:

Facebook event
Corvinas on NSZL's Instagram account

Poster of the exhibition (in Hungarian)

A short video about the exhibition

 Media partner


2018/11/06 - 2019/02/10