April 11, 2015, is a special date on the Hungarian Heritage Museum’s calendar. Please join us for the Grand Opening of our new Museum space on the First Floor of the Galleria at Erieview in Downtown Cleveland. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. A wonderful champagne reception will follow during which our guests can wander through the new space and see our collection along with a new special exhibit entitled The End of the Cold War (Fall of Communism in Hungary and Eastern Europe). This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Galleria parking garage. As always, we welcome your donations, and we encourage you to become members of the Museum.
As many of you may know, we started our move this past fall with the remodeling of the new space, and completed the move with the final push in late November. Hundreds of boxes, thousands of books and artifacts made their way from the Galleria’s second floor to the first floor. We acknowledge the generous support of The Hungary Initiatives Foundation. With their grant, we were able to cover much of the remodeling expenses, new wooden library shelves, and state-of-the-art exhibit accessories.
It took many dedicated volunteers and some professional movers to pack and unpack our collection. A hardy group of scouts disassembled the beautiful Székely Kapu in the old space, and were able to place it in the new space where it will continue to welcome our guests as it has done in the past. The Gift Shop was opened this past December, and now we are nearing the time when the entire Museum will be open for visitors.
On April 11, we invite you to come and enjoy our collection of historical and cultural treasures! Browse our beautiful new bookcases which house our library collection. As in the past, readers and researchers will be able to access some exceptionally valuable books and archival material. We have added some upgrades to our exhibit capabilities with a wonderful large screen TV and will introduce interactive computer programs with our new special exhibit.
We can hardly wait to show off our new facility, and we hope that many members of the Hungarian American community in Northeast Ohio will help us celebrate our new home, our 30 year anniversary, our New Beginning!
See you soon! A viszontlátásra!