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: grants and days we are open

We wish to acknowledge our appreciation for the 2021 grant our Museum received from the Bethlen Gábor Alap, and its continued support of our efforts to preserve the history and culture of Hungarians living in Northeast Ohio! This grant helps our efforts to showcase our collection and library, plan for programs and lectures, and welcome visitors to the Hungarian Museum.

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant received from the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel to help fund the preservation of news videos featuring Hungarian community life in the Cleveland area.

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! The Museum will be closed on Good Friday, April 15th.


A great night at the Ballpark!

August 5th, Friday night, proved to be a great night at the Captains' Ballpark in Eastlake...it did not rain, a soft breeze was blowing over the ballpark, the Hungarians were well-represented, and the Captains won the ballgame in extra innings!! During the game the Museum hosted many children as we painted faces with Magyar folk motifs, but we also painted names on arms and cheeks written in ancient Hungarian runic letters called "rovás írás". A special shout-out to the Magyar Club of Fairport Harbor who arrived in matching t-shirts!  It was wonderful working with our Mary Jane Molnár who was wearing her hat as president of the Hungarian Cultural Center of Northeast Ohio and Richard Sárosi who is on the Board of the William Penn organization.  Our three organizations have been a part of this event for many years. To see the Magyar colors on the stadium's jumbotron  screen as we sang the Hungarian National Anthem was a particularly moving moment. For more photographs of this special evening, , click "Read More".


October 14, Friday evening- Wine tasting to support the Museum

Plan to join us for our annual Vintner Dinner on Friday, October 14th! This dinner is our main fundraising event and we would love to see you there! Once again we will feature wonderful Hungarian wines that are unique and come to us from small vineyards located in the various wine-growing regions of Hungary.

This year's Vintner Dinner will be held at the Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's, in Broadview Heights, Ohio.  We will offer five wines to taste at our dinner, each will be paired with the foods that are being served. The evening will also feature live music by Harmonia, along with a raffle.

What a great way to start the weekend early by tasting delicious Hungarian wines!

Ticket information will be available on this website in a few weeks, but mark you calendars now!


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.