Visit the Museum by Appointment and other news.

We invite you to visit the Museum be making an appointment. You can call the Museum's telephone number, 216-523-3900 and leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Or you can write a message to our email address, museum@clevelandhungarianmuseum.org, and we will reply and arrange for your visit. Another way to plan a visit is to call Andrea Meszaros, at 440-247-5144, and leave a message, and we will make your visit happen! Please give us at least a 2 day notice!

We observe all the COVID protocols, and insuring your safety as well as the safety of the volunteers who will be present during your visit is a priority.

Finally, we wish to acknowledge our appreciation for the 2020 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!

Read more about our 2020 Annual Meeting and election of new officers,


A look at how the EU Parliament addresses minority rights.

April's program offers a unique perspective on the workings of the EU Parliament. Many Hungarians living in the Diaspora know about the challenges faced by Hungarians living in minority status in the Carpathian Basin. This lecture will give us the opportunity to learn how the EU Parliament attempts to address the tension between minority rights and majority policies.

So we invite you to join us for our next program:

Title:   Advocating for Minority Rights in the European Parliament
Speaker:    Ágota Dorottya Demeter, Adviser in the European Parliament, and  Secretary of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages.

Date:  Saturday, April 10, 2021 starting at 2 pm EST

Ms. Demeter's field of expertise is human rights with special regard to the rights of persons belonging to traditional national and linguistic minorities in the European Union. She serves as Secretary of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages of the European Parliament, which is the only official forum on the level of the European Union where matters related to traditional national and linguistic minorities can be presented and discussed. She will discuss her work focusing on the achievements and priorities of the Minority Intergroup.  She will describe the Minority Safepack Initiative, its purpose, goals and results, and future possibilities related to this European Citizens’ Initiative.

This presentation on Minority Rights in the EU Parliament will be in English, and we invite you to join us on Zoom for this unique program!

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Hungarian Easter Eggs

There is nothing lovelier than a basket filled with beautifully decorated Easter Eggs. The colors and the designs make you want to decorate eggs like that. Well, you can do just that! Just read on.

Hungarian decorated Easter eggs

Hungarian decorated Easter eggs

Many cultures celebrate Easter, and part of their heritage includes the art of egg decorating. Hungary is no exception to this custom, and many Hungarian Americans have preserved this ancient custom and bring it to life in their homes each spring.  Years ago the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum hosted a hands-on program dedicated to teaching egg decorating techniques Hungarian style. Magda Temesváry began the  program by telling the audience of adults and children that the decorating of eggs goes back many centuries to the times when the Magyar people had not yet  converted to Christianity.  Remains of decorated egg shells have been found in ancient Magyar graves.

The decorated eggs of the ancient Magyars served almost the same purpose as modern day greeting cards: they had a message scratched on them that you could "read" if you knew what the various symbols meant. When someone received an egg, it may have wished them a long life, or health, or many children. The color and the designs all meant something to the ancient Magyars, and these designs were handed down over many generations, taking on Christian meanings as the people began to decorate eggs as part of their Easter tradition.