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.

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!

Currently we have a special exhibit of fine art pieces from our permanent collection.  We also invite you to support the Museum in its Annual Vintner Dinner. Information is available on this webpage.



October 8: Getting to know members of our community with rich and interesting family histories and their connections to Hungary.

Dear Friends of the Museum! We invite you to join us for an IN PERSON program at the Hungarian Museum on Saturday, October 8th at 2 o'clock. We have invited five members of our local Hungarian-American community to share the story that formed their  Hungarian identity. Some of the questions they may discuss include: What are your connections to Hungary? When did you-your ancestors come to the US? What Hungarian traditions-customs do you keep in your family? Any interesting family stories that you share about your ancestors from one generation to the next? What do you most appreciate about your Hungarian heritage?

How many of us have thought about our Hungarian identity as we live our daily lives in the Hungarian Diaspora? This program gives us a chance to listen to the stories of some of our fellow Hungarian-Americans, and perhaps to reflect on our own sense of Hungarian identity. Our featured speakers are Richard Sarosi, Alex Kezdi, Lel Somogy, Ilona Solomon and Alex Viiberg. They represent a diverse group of Hungarian Americans and will share different experiences of their life in our Cleveland Hungarian community.

The program will begin at 2 o’clock, and the Museum will be open from 1 through 4 p.m. The program will be English, and as usual, refreshments will be served after the presentation.

For your convenience parking is available in the Galleria garage at $7. Suggested donations: $10 adults and $5 students.
Join us in welcoming our speakers who are members of our Cleveland Hungarian community!

A viszontlátásra! Hope to see you there!



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 is available on this website -go to the pictured invitation and click on either image to order tickets or to make a donation!!


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".


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.