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Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II, Pecs
Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II
Guide Location: Hungary » Pecs
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Váradi Zsolt
Author: hollyg
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Pecs Map and Walks" in Google Play.
The city of Pecs is well-known in Europe for its rich artistic and cultural life. The remarkable museums and galleries of this Hungarian city include exhibitions by world famous Pecs citizens such as Janus Pannonius or Victor Vasarely, as well as exhibits on ethnography, natural sciences, modern Hungarian art and many others. Seize the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable museum tour in Pecs!
Tour Stops and Attractions
Csontváry Museum
1) Csontváry Museum
Csontváry Museum is a museum about the famous Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka, called the "lonely giant." It has been open since 1973 and reflects artistic achievements that were not recognized in his life. The life of the painter had a tragical ending: humiliated and lost he passed away as a poor man aged 66. The Hungarian people were about to loose his canvases when Gedeon Gerlóczy saved the collection, recognizing the artist's genius. The art of Csontváry Kosztka made him a part of amazing post-impressionism representatives. Among his numerous works one can find sketches, portraits, scriptural works and landscapes. The "Lonely Cedar," which is probably his most famous picture, is also displayed in the museum.
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The Endre Nemes Museum
2) The Endre Nemes Museum
The Endre Nemes Museum is a good example of how contemporary Pecs citizens appreciate the art of Endre Nemes, who was born in Pecs in 1909, but worked and studied in Prague and then settled and died in Sweden. The creations of Endre Nemes are noteworthy for their depictions of his complete fear of the future inhumane world! The exhibits show lifeless dolls, queer figures filled with the surrealistic vision of the artist. The interwoven time and space of his paintings draw a cold and robotized world of the future.
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Vasarely Museum
3) Vasarely Museum
Vasarely Museum exhibitions are dedicated to Victor Vasarely's creations. The world-known artist was born in 1908 in Pécs, but he lived his entire life in France. The maestro introduced Pecs to the world by graphics in 1986 for the first time. Victor Vasarely presented a great number of his works including his Bauhaus-style paintings, analytic-geometric graphics and op-art sculptures to the museum. Visitors will be pleased also with his famous "Zebra" works. At the museum you can find a nice collection of colourful visual arts from the second half of the twentieth century. You can also enjoy a very interesting experience in the labyrinth of сellars under the house: the exhibition of the Mecsek Mining Museum. Visitors to the museum can familiarize themselves with historical facts about mining development in the region in a 400 metres long exhibition space that is situated from 8 to 10 metres underground.
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The Zsolnay Museum
4) The Zsolnay Museum
The building that houses the Zsolnay Museum was first mentioned in documentation in 1324. In 1476 the first public library was established in the building. In times of Turkish rule it was transformed into a house for the Turkish high priest. The museum itself opened in 1928, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vilmos Zsolnay. It was created thanks to the efforts of the master's daughter Terez, and the granddaughter of Vilmos Zsolnay, Matyasovszky-Zsolnay Margit. The main exhibition demonstrates the ornamental works of the famous Zsolnay factory. Visitors are always amazed with the richness of the ceramics collected by Vilmos Zsolnay in Egypt and Persia. The Zsolnay Museum may also surprise you with works by the great Italian sculptor with Hungarian origins, Amerigo Tot, whose exhibition can be found on the ground floor of the building. The other half of the same building can give you the overview of the Renaissance stone room and stoneworks found in the region of Pecs.
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Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium
5) Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium
Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium building was constructed in the eighteenth century and designed in late-Baroque style. The Archaeological Museum has rich collections of finds that reflect the history of the southeast and the region of Transdanubia from the prehistoric period until the Hungarian subjugation. Various exhibitions hold funeral artifacts such as Madonna from Zengővárkony that dates to the Stone Age or findings from the ancient burial of the Jakab hill region and many others. According to the tradition of the Jakab Hill inhabitants around 1000 BC, food, drinks and numerous tools were placed next to urns with the ashes of cremated bodies. The Museum also has a collection of Roman tombstones and sarcophagi found in the town.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Lestat (Jan Mehlich)
Szerecsen (Saracen) Pharmacy Museum
6) Szerecsen (Saracen) Pharmacy Museum
The Szerecsen Pharmacy Museum was originally a drugstore founded by Istvan Sipocz in 1897, which is why the museum's interior has a Neo-Rococo look. The statues of Saracsens stand above the main entrance from the facade and on the top of the fountain that is situated in the centre of the former pharmacy. You can see lovely ceramic plates that are made by the famous Hungarian Zsolnay factory. The main exhibition may amaze you with its collection of original artifacts and historical documents introducing the pharmacy history of an entire Baranya county!
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