Mission statement

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society’s mission is to preserve Hungarian culture and the history of Hungarians in Northeast Ohio, so that present and future generations can draw upon its collection for education, inspiration and enrichment. To carry out its mission, the Society sponsors educational and research activities, and operates a museum and library as a repository and exhibition center for Hungarian historical, literary and artistic items.

News about the Museum: hours we are open and future programming!

Come visit us!

The Museum is open to visitors on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11-3. If you would like to visit us on another day when we are not open, you can make an appointment by either calling the Museum telephone number, 216-523-3900 and leaving a message, or you can write a message to our email address, museum@clevelandhungarianmuseum.org, and we will reply and arrange for your visit.  Please give us at least a 4 day notice!

Please join us on Saturday, June 10th, at 2 pm for our new exhibit opening and lecture by Steven Zalany, "A Collector's Passion and Mission".  The new exhibit features items from the extensive art collection of Steven Zalany. Steven Zalany started to collect Hungarian art in the mid 1990’s and has a broad collection of Hungarian art, ceramics and porcelain. Recently he has concentrated on collecting mid-century modern ceramic pieces as well as Art-Nouveau and Art-Deco pieces by Zsolnay, decorative pieces by Fischer, and modern and turn of the century sculpture and paintings by artists that span over a century and a half. 


Another date to keep in mind: June 30th, Hungarian Heritage Night at the Lake County Captain's Ballpark.

And please "Save the Date": Annual  Vintner Dinner, Friday, October 13th. Plan to join us for this wonderful Hungarian wine tasting event!! 





Celebrating Petőfi Sándor at the "Museum Cafe"

On Saturday, May 13th, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the “Museum's Café” as we gathered to commemorate one of Hungary's famous poets, Sándor Petőfi. It was little over 200 years ago that Petőfi was born, and although he died a young man, Petőfi left an imprint on Hungary's history as well as on its literary treasure chest. Many stars had to align to make this Hungarian language program a success, but align they did!!

Our “Museum café” sprung up overnight, with small tables and longer ones decorated with flowers and surrounded by tables of wonderful savory and sweet snacks and coffee that were consumed during our program.

A heartfelt "köszönjük" and "Thank you" goes out to Rev. Éva Tamásy for a most inspiring and fascinating presentation on the spiritual life of Petőfi. She described events in Petőfi's life and the influence his Lutheran faith had on his poetry. It’s quite likely that many of our guests heard these details for the first time that afternoon. She used Petőfi’s poem “Az Apostol” to demonstrate some of the Christian themes that ran through Petőfi’s life and poetry.

To say that there were some emotional moments when we got around to sharing some of Petőfi poems that we are fond of would be an understatement. There were some wonderful revealing moments! We listened to Nick Szentkirályi dramatically read a compelling poem and then our hostess Erzsébet Lakatos shared more than one poem because many people asked her to read the one they had chosen because her delivery was so beautiful. Many of us grew emotional with Elizabeth Papp Taylor as she read "Füstbement terv", a short and revered poem about Petőfi's mother; for many of us this poem was a meaningful walk down memory lane with our own mothers on this Mother's Day weekend. When Loránd Csibi brought in the Petőfi posters, who knew that his wife would deliver such a marvelous recitation of "Arany Lacinak"? And for many of our guests, the poems they chose to share with us had sentimental value in their lives, and their heartfelt delivery was the proof!


Residents from Rose Senior Living visits the Museum

It is always such a great pleasure to welcome a group to our Museum. On April 20th, residents from the Rose Senior Living, in Avon, Ohio visited and toured the Museum. We had a great time together as we explored the treasures in our collection of artifacts and costumes, as well as sharing highlights of Hungarian history and the Hungarian immigrant experience in Northeast Ohio.  Some of our visitors had Hungarian ancestors, many did not. But one thing we all had in common was an interest in the history and culture that was on display at the Museum. We even had the chance to welcome a lady who had just recently celebrated her 100th birthday!Happy birthday Irene Yuhasz!! She was three months old when her parents left with her from the county of Sopron! (Thanks to Brigitta Toth, wife of Rev. Peter Toth from Lorain, whose smart phone camera is the source of the photos!)



We have launched our Online Collections Catalog
and we are excited to share them with the world!


You can see the many wonderful items that have been entrusted into our care ** no matter where you are **

Click here to visit the Museum’s exciting new resource!  There’s a lot more to come, so check back often!!


In February, 2020, the Museum received a grant from the Ohio History Connection, which allowed us to purchase software that will enhance our ability to catalog our collection, and incorporate donor and support information into one database. As a recipient organization, we are please to announce that this project is made possible in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Fund is made possible by voluntary donations of state income tax refunds, sales of Ohio History “mastodon” license plates, and other donations.

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society which sponsors the Museum and its Programs, is an Ohio state registered non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.