With an investment of more than HUF 2.8 billion, the historic building of the Jósa András Museum in Nyíregyháza will be completely renovated.
The Nyíregyháza municipality has won a non-refundable grant for the renovation and tourism-related development of the building. The interior and exterior reconstruction work is expected to start this summer.
Deputy Mayor Attila Ulrich said that planning for the project is currently underway, with completion expected by the end of next year. This is the last step in the development of Nyíregyháza’s new cultural quarter, the deputy mayor added.
The building complex, built between 1924 and 1926 in neoclassical style according to the plans of Kálmán Maróthy, was originally a financial palace. It housed county administrative offices after World War II and later served as the headquarters of the MSZMP party committee. The Jósa András Museum, which now houses over a million objects, opened on this site in 1974 and has not undergone any such renovation since.
Tibor Rémiás, director of the museum, said that resources from the Operational Program for Regional and Urban Development will allow work to start this summer on two wings of the museum, covering 4,000 square meters. The renovated building will house 15 tourist attractions, modern exhibition spaces and interactive elements, he added.
The museum will be closed for the duration of the renovation, and the art collections will be moved or temporarily housed elsewhere, the deputy mayor added.
The current permanent exhibitions of the museum will be open to visitors until the end of January.