This is the single comprehensive Collection in Hungary where the material culture the Classical Antiquity can be studied directly and inmediately. Amounting to more than 5000 items, the collection, consisting of marble statues, textiles and pottery, as well as bronze and glass objects, embraces the entire period of antiquity. By this means, it provides a lively image of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Graeco-Egyptian art. One fifth of the entire collection, 1000 works of art are displayed in the halls of the permanent exhibition, with such noted pieces among them as the Greek Figure of a Maiden known as the “Budapest Dancer;” the Grimani Jug, a masterpiece of Classical Greek bronze-smithing; and, evoking the Golden Age of Augustus, three relief plates from the renowned series depicting the Battle at Actium, which was so crucial for the fate of the Roman Empire.
The primary scene for the department’s educational activity is its permanent exhibition. It displays nearly a thousand works of art from Classical Antiquity in five halls. The exhibited works of art provide a "palpable" aid for discovering all that brings together our own age and Classical Antiquity, the common tradition of European peoples, and all that sets them apart.
Highlighted Works of Art
New Year celebrations in summer: relics of an Egyptian festival
17 June 2014 - 7 September 2014
The small dish in the Classical Antiquities Collection, made of greenish black stone and decorated with the relief busts of two gods, Isis and the falcon-headed Horus, was bought for the Museum in Cairo by the great Hungarian Egyptologist and classical archaeologist László Castiglione. The other stone dish on display, on loan from a private collection, shows Harpocrates, the child Horus, and also comes from Egypt.