National Museum Conservation and Storage Centre

The National Museum Conservation and Storage Centre (OMRRK) stores almost 350,000 works of art on behalf of the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery to a high professional and technical standard. The block of buildings presents a long-term solution to decades of cataloging and warehousing problems associated with the national public collection.


The consrtuction has been completed, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán handed over the National Museum Conservation and Storage Centre in May, 2019. The institution features state-of-the-art storage areas, restoration workshops, research rooms and offices, the plans have also allocated a space in a reconstructed medical edifice to the Central European Art History Research Institute in the building complex of some 37,000 square metres equipped to satisfy every professional requirement. The Centre is one of the most advanced institution of its kind in Central Europe. The project has already raised the profile of its neighbourhood: as a magnet development it attracted several investors to the location and also increased the values of the surrounding real estates.

The construction of the institution is much more significant the the resolution of many decades of issues for three major national public collections: The development is also ahead of its time in that very few European museums are able to benefit from a similarly sophisticated service infrastructure. The Hungarian development is a worthy peer of London's British Museum, the newly built facility at the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the specialist institutions of Paris Louvre currently under construction in terms of its capabilities, equipment and capacity alike.

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The complex is located close to Városliget on the site of the former Szabolcs Street hospital and was built according to the plans of the Narmer Architect Studio as part of the Liget Budapest Project. In addition to the world-class art warehouses, restoration workshops, research rooms and art halls spread across 37,000 square meters over four subterranean buildings and three above ground, the building will also house  the Central European Art History Research Institute, also a new institution. The collection of buildings is enclosed by a 13,000-square-meter park accessible to the public during opening hours.
The Israelite Hospital that once stood here was built based on the designs of Vilmos Freund in 1889. Between the wars, it was one of Budapest's most respected clinics and employed a number of medical researchers of national and international repute. Following World War II, the facility became an training institute for doctors before later receiving university status and being merged into the Semmelweis University in 2000, before closing in 2007.

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