OREANDA-NEWS   The Hungarian National Museum organises the Spring Festival of Museums for the 22nd time on 20-21 May 2017. This unique cultural festival – attracting 40 000 visitors annually – provides the opportunity for 120 Hungarian museums to present their diverse knowledge and objects they handle. The Museum Garden will be populated with their tents and programmes, the building of the National Museum with their treasures via the Treasure Alley; while walking down the Knowledge Alley visitors can test themselves in the fields of arts, literature and nature. In the meantime a selection of programmes for adults and children, lectures, concerts and surprises will amuse those who come and join us. On 20 May the Hungarian National Museum will stay open until 10 pm welcoming its visitors to celebrate the European Night of Museums.
This year our festival will be enhanced by music groups such as: KEREKES BAND, VODKU, L?ci J?tszik, Group'n'Swing, Mak?m and many others.

On Saturday the most prestigious prizes of the museum field will be awarded: „Museum of the Year” and „Exhibition of the Year”.

This year the Hungarian National Museum will put the protection of nature and environment, preservation of urban greenery, recycling and environmentally conscious way of living into focus as related to the ongoing reconstruction of the Museum Garden. The activities of museums have never been independent from their surroundings or natural environment. Beyond their daily work of doing scientific research and collecting objects, organising programmes many museums play a significant role in bringing our natural heritage clooser to people while protecting and preserving it at the same time as well as deepening the knowledge of the public on the environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Similary to earlier years the Festival is connected to the ICOM International Museum Day whose topic in 2017: Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. However, this year the Hungarian museum field is investigating the sometimes difficult, other times simple relationship of humans and their environment. While contemplating about the secrets of contested histories visitors may try to find out the secrets preserved by the trees in the Museum Garden.