The exhibition of the Egyptian Collection was closed on 30 May 2011. Its re-opening is expected in December 2012.
The primary scene for the department’s educational activity is its permanent exhibition, most recently opened in 1997. 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.
The exhibition has undergone a radical transformation in the past few years. In 2003, the new presentation of the German and Austrian schools opened the series, to be followed the next year by Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish painting, and succeeded by displays of Spanish, Early Italian and British art in 2005. By the end of this year, the process will reach its conclusion with Italian Renaissance and Baroque, as well as French painting.
In the eight halls of the first floor, the major schools of French art are represented from Romanticism to Post-Impressionism, while one chamber presents the art of German, Austrian and English masters. The selection presented at the lower level in the Majovszky rooms displays new endeavours from the turn of the century, allowing their national features to be studied alongside analogous artistic ideas. The Majovszky-rooms are under renovation, they will be reopened at the end of October 2012.