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Museum of Transport gains a new exhibition site at the formal Kelenföld station building

The newest exhibition place of the Hungarian Museum of Transport will be located in the 137-year-old house of the Budapest-Kelenföld railway station. The main attraction will be a terrain table augmenting the railway exhibition.

In the formal Kelenföld station building, named ‘Kelenföld Indóház’, the Transport Museum will create a new exhibition space, its main attraction will be a field table with a floor area of ​​several hundred square meters as part of a railway history exhibition. It will host periodical exhibitions and museum pedagogical sessions. 

Around the building there will also be a railway-themed playground, outdoor cinema screenings will be available on the terrace, ideal for children and families. The building will host a lookout point and a new, contemporary terrace facing the railways, ideal for train spotters. A bistro will also be located in the building, and in the open there will be a steam locomotive almost the same age as the building.

Kelenföld Indóház was built in 1884, is one of the oldest station buildings in the country, which until recently filled this role. But as part of the Metro 4 project a pedestrian subway was built under Kelenföld railway station by 2014, and MÁV has moved its checkout there, so Kelenföld Indóház has lost its function and closed. Its condition has deteriorated further, so it was feared that the building, under monument protection, will be demolished over time. But the government’s decision in 2021 February has allowed the Kelenföld station building to be preserved and gain a new role.

The Museum of Transport has selected Építész Stúdió to prepare architectural plans for its new exhibition space, which, in addition to respecting the monumental character of the original building, will also complement it with contemporary architecture corresponding to the new functions.

The Transport Museum encourages everyone to contribute to the rebirth of the Kelenföld Indóház. Anyone who has an old postcard, a photo, other memorabilia, or a story related to Kelenföld and is happy to share it with others should send it to kelenfold@kozlekedesimuzeum.hu.