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! Winters in Northeast Ohio can be challenging. When we are experiencing severe weather, please call the Museum after 11 o'clock to verify that we are open.

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded two grants by the Hungarian Government through the Bethlen Gábor Fund Management, in support of our efforts to share with the greater community our Hungarian culture and history and the Hungarian immigrant story of Northeast, Ohio.

 The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society held its Annual Meeting on November 15th at the Museum.


The 2023 Vintner Dinner was a wonderful evening!!

What brought so many friends of the Museum together on a Friday night in October? It was great wine, great food, great music and great company! This year we had the privilege of honoring a fine magyar gentleman, Mr. Frank Dobos. Frank was an active member of our Cleveland Hungarian community, and his poignant words addressed to us sitting in the audience focused on a simple but important message: pass on your Hungarian heritage to your children and grandchildren , bring them to Hungarian events. Frank's words were typical of his commitment to his Hungarian heritage, and that is the reason he was a Guest of Honor at this year's Vintner Dinner!


December 9-Saturday afternoon-Annual Children's Program!

What a wonderful tradition we celebrate every year at the Museum! It's our Annual  Children's Program! We invite children to learn about Hungarian culture in a fun and engaging way.

The afternoon will start at 2 o'clock, and there will be many activities to entertain children: seasonal crafts, decorating traditional mézeskalács cookies, vocabulary matching games, and an up close encounter with a cimbalom! Since our theme this year is Hungarian music, nothing fits this wonderful category better than the cimbalom!

We welcome children from ages 3-9, and 10-13. We will have age appropriate activities for all our young guests. St. Nicholas will visit the Museum and chat with the children!

Children must be registered to participate. Please email Andrea Meszaros at meszarosandyneni@gmail.com to register your child(ren). Please include their name and age. You may also leave a voicemail message for Andrea Meszaros at 440-247-5144. If you do leave a message, please also leave your phone number! We look forward to welcoming our young visitors.

The Museum is located at 1301 East 9th Street,  in the Galleria at Erieview, Lower Level, in Downtown, Cleveland. Fee for the program is $5/child.

Parking will be available in the Galleria Parking Garage for $7.  Consider giving the gift of culture to a young person!!


CSU Fulbright Scholar brings class to the Museum.

DR. Krsztina Fehér had a brilliant idea! What better way to immerse her beginning Hungarian language class into the wealth of Hungarian culture than to actually have a class session at the Museum? To that end, members of her classes met at the Museum the morning of September 24th, and spent the hour discovering bits of Hungarian culture, history and artistry, and learning some of the basics of Hungarian folk dancing. The students were joined by Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera from the CSU Department of World Languages, Literature and Cultures. Mr. László Tihanyi, a professional folk dancer and instructor from Hungary,  joined the class and was able to create some of the exuberance of the "táncház" movement that supports Hungarian  folk dancing in Hungary as well as in the Diaspsora. We enjoyed having these students at the Museum, and we hope to continue hosting future CSU Hungarian language classes!


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.