The sights of the Town

Many famous people have been born or have attended school in Kiskunhalas. They include the literary historian Áron Szilády, the lacemaker Mária Markovits, the painters János Thorma and Viola Berki, the ethnographer László Nagy Czirok, the bookbinder Váci György, and the opera singer Erika Miklósa.

1. Thorma Museum, House of Collections

The famous painter János Thorma, who founded the artists’ colony of Nagybánya in Transylvania, was born in Kiskunhalas. The museum named after him is one of the oldest in the country.

There are more than 88,000 objects in its collection. These are primarily connected with ethnography and local history, but there are also numismatics and fine and applied arts collections. The museum has large libraries of documents, photographs and books.

Permanent exhibitions:

  • The Thorma Gallery with the artist’s most significant works
  • Halas, the Lesser Cumanian Market Town – local history between the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 20th centuries
  • Hungarian currencies & coins and badges of Kiskunhalas
  • Museum garden exhibition area – large ethnographical objects from the 19th century
  • Treasures in the Sand – famous archaeological finds from the area

There are almost temporary exhibitions. Culture-lovers enjoy the series of summer events, the Museum Garden Evenings.

Opening times:

1 March – 30 November:
Monday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1 December – 28 February:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contacts:

6400 Kiskunhalas Köztársaság u. 2.
Tel:+36 77/422-864
www.muzeum.halas.hu
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2. Lace Museum

Halas Lace was first designed by the grammar school art teacher Árpád Dékáni. His designs were sewn into artistic creations by Mária Markovits.

It harmoniously blends the decorative treasury of folk art with the richness of the motifs and composition of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles.

Halas Lace has won numerous grands prix at international exhibitions. It is painstakingly hand-made from diaphanous thread in variations of 60 different stitching patterns. Its distinctive trademark is the three crossed fish which can be found on each and every piece of lace.

We can watch laces being made in the Lace House and also buy beautiful laces and souvenirs there.

Opening times:
25 April – 30 September: every day, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. & 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

1 October – 24 April: every day, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed at weekends from January – March

Contacts:
6400 Kiskunhalas Kossuth u. 37/A.
Tel: +36 77/421-797
www.halasicsipke.hu
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3. Halas Gallery

Végh House (Bajcsy-Zsilinszky u. 5.)

Here we can find a permanent exhibition of paintings by Munkácsy Prize-winning artists Balázs Diószegi and Viola Berki. There are also temporary exhibitions.

Sáfrik Windmill

The last working windmill in the region. It is a protected building.

Rural Cottage (Marx tér 1.)

A typical farmhouse, which shows us the lifestyle of the late-19th and early 20th centuries.

Contacts:
6400 Kiskunhalas Bajcsy Zsilinszky u. 5.
Tel/Fax:+36 77/423-232
www.halasgaleria.hu
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4. Collection of Hunting Trophies

This is a collection of slaughtered animals from Asia, Africa and Hungary in the Rákóczi Technical School. This grotesque assembly was presented to the town by László Földes in 1995.

Open on school days

Contacts:
6400 Kiskunhalas Kossuth u. 39.
Tel: +36 77/422-433

5. Observatory

The observatory has been open to astronomy enthusiasts since 1983. It is one of the largest in Hungary. Originally its function was educational, nowadays research into solar activity is also being carried out.

Visits by arrangement.

Contacts:
6400 Kiskunhalas Kossuth u. 43.
Tel: +36 77/423-355
www.halascsillagda.fw.hu
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6. Emitel Gallery

An exhibition about telecommunications which covers virtually the whole history of its development.

Visits by arrangement.

Tel: +36 30/242-1690

 

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