Debrecen Town Hall – Night of Museums 2019
June 22, 2019 All day
Debrecen led the National “Night of Museums” programme in 2018. For 2019 Debrecen will shine just as brightly on this night, even though it is not leading the national event. This year one of the oldest towns in Hungary, Szombathely has the honour of taking the lead. The Savaria Museum of Szombathely and its 500,000 piece collection takes the pride of place and the spotlight for 2019. However, Szombathely is a long way to travel for many……
Luckily, Debrecen has dedicated itself to providing an even better show than last year, so if you don’t fancy driving for hours from home then you can enjoy the Night of Museums here in Debrecen. The Night of Museums is an international event with a 20-year history and the third time Debrecen has taken part this year. Participants and visitors will have the opportunity to visit many locations and enjoy programs all night long.
“Every exhibition and every institution that takes part in the program, will present very serious professional materials”, emphasized Szabolcs Komolay, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen.
The Town Hall Will Awaits You with Exhibitions and a Guided Tour by the Mayor
Similar to the previous years, the Old Town Hall will also be one destination of the program. The Old Town Hall first opened its doors to those interested in 2017. The goal was and still is to enable visitors to learn more about the work going on here and not just link the Old Town Hall with the administration. The event will begin with a musical performance at 5 PM in the front of the Old Town Hall, followed by the flag-raising, the greetings of the mayor and a play from the Csokonai theatre at 6 PM.
This night, the Town Hall is dressed in the colors of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848−1849. In front of the offices of the mayor and the deputy mayors, we can enjoy exhibitions, while the mayor will personally host a tour after the opening ceremony. All exhibitions of the Town Hall are free of charge.
Special time travel and passport to follow the footstep of Kossuth
That night, we can take part in a special time travel by entering the gate of Miklós Street, which Kossuth once entered. We will get a personal passport for entry, just how it was back in those old times. On the first floor, we can see the people who came to the city in the past, where they lived and how they helped the government. We can learn more about the work of the National Defense Commission, who prepared the military for the spring expedition. There will be a possibility to relax with a film screening in the general meeting room, enjoy the music of the band “Szeredás” and taste traditional cakes with the help of the Tradition Conservation Association of Hajdúböszörmény. Not far from here, we can glimpse into the history of the Holy Crown, since the crown was in Debrecen long ago. The last stop of the walk is the Printing House of the town, where we can see an exhibition and get a copy of Kossuth’s 6th January edition.
The event was published in collaboration with Visit Debrecen.