The time is over for conventional museums where ‘sacred objects’ are displayed to be viewed by visitors

Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism

MúzeumCafé 49.

After many years and several moves, the country’s smallest state funded museum, the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism (HMTT), has found a permanent home in Old Buda, in the former house of the writer GyulaKrúdy. It was the idea of hotelier FrigyesGlück to have a catering history collection, but it was not put into practice due to his early death. After a long time, the idea of a museum about the catering industry appeared again in the 1960s. In the end, the Museum of Catering opened in 1966 following a decision of the then Ministry of Domestic Trade. Until 2005, it was housed in the former Fortuna Inn in Buda’s Castle District. For some years the HMTT functioned in a former textile wholesaler’s warehouse next to Saint Stephen’s Basilica (about this period see MúzeumCafé 16 – Ed.), but it could be anticipated that it would not be able to stay in the prominent city centre building for long. The scope of the collection represents the boundaries of several branches of science. The moves reinforced the team, yet they also prevented the development of long-term plans for exhibitions. bHMTT is a specialist museum with a national collecting field and covers the entire theme of trade and catering. The museum holds some 60,000 trade historical and somewhat more catering documents with poster, photographic and numismatic sections. Its art collection includes portraits of prominent people in the profession, as well as pictures of buildings of the last century that no longer exist. The museum employs five museum specialists, thus it is always pleased to welcome volunteers. It also lays great emphasis on establishing contacts with catering and trade schools, as well as colleges of higher education.