This museum was highlighted in my guide book as one of the first attractions on a walking tour of Andrassy ut. It was difficult to find the museum (with an elegant wooden door) on the map as there is a sign at eye level. Initially failing to push the door open, I realised that visitors need to buzz reception to gain entry. Once in the building, I climbed a couple of flights of stairs to reach the museum proper. At this stage, I realised that the building is more like a mansion with gilded ceilings, stained glass windows and chandeliers.
The museum itself was manned by a couple of young ladies who collected the admission fees but weren't able to converse in English. While it seemed as if the museum didn't have a professional curator, the collections were spread over several connecting rooms and were nonetheless fascinating. Most of the displays date as far back as the late-19th century. There was a full old-style post-office counter, complete with mannequins and pictures of Hungarian royalty enjoying horse riding. Other mannequins were dressed as postmen from the earlier half of the last century. There were several glass-encased displays of important letters and documents. Half a room was devoted to now-obsolete electric communication technology, including World War 2-era teleprinter/teletypes, gyomorse machines and a telephone exchange. There was even an old-style mailbox and a postal van that looked like it belonged in the 1920s.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.