Though not amongst the most popular Budapest museums, this collection of furniture, textiles, metalwork and the like merits a visit as an artistic tour de force

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Museum of Applied Art

A Collection of Objects Well Worth Applying Yourself To

Many "applied arts" museums the world over tend to get short shrift in favour of "sexier" or "more important" institutions and the world's third oldest of this genre, Budapest's Iparművészeti Múzeum, is no exception. In fact, this palatial Art Nouveau building inaugurated in 1896 -located in Buda but a bit off the tourist track- is all too often passed over by visitors. A pity, because there's some truly marvellous stuff in here along the lines of textiles, ceramics, antique furniture, Turkish rugs, costumes, glasswork, metalwork, timepieces and architicture. If you appreciate the great art in the artisanry of fine objects, you'll want to squeeze this spot onto your cultural itinerary. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 to 18:00.

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