The Collection

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.

Permanent Exhibition

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


Funerary Statue of a Girl

16 December 2014 - 15 February 2015

The Roman marble statue of a girl was obtained by the Museum of Fine Arts in 1908 as part of the collection of Paul Arndt; it is said to have been found in Rome.