Research services in the Archives are available for researchers and the general public alike. Prior to the visit an appointment shall be requested at the relevant contacts below and research permit shall be acquired.


Opening hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 16 pm

Location: Buda Castle, Entrance to Building B, please contact Reception.



The collection of the Archives includes documents related to artists and the art scene of Hungary in the 19th-20th centuries. It contains more than one thousand shelf-meters of documents, in the following categories:

  • Primary sources– autograph letters, manuscripts, sketchbooks, photos, etc.
  • Secondary sources – articles, publications, exhibition catalogues, etc.
  • Relics – personal items, paint-brushes, palettes, etc.
  • Sound recordings and videos

Research is supported by cross indices and digital databases.


For an appointment, please contact:

Beatrix Bara-Szabadi phone: +36 70 3960 022 e-mail:



  • exhibitions
  • public sculptures
  • applied arts
  • numismatic arts
  • scholarships and grants
  • state acquisitions of artworks
  • State Gallery of Arts (Képcsarnok Vállalat)
  • Archives of the Applied Arts Council (from 1955 to 1975)

Processing the documents is in progress. Research is assisted by digital databases and register-books.


For an appointment, please contact:
Eszter Szőnyeg-Szegvári   phone: +36 70 6831 876  e-mail:



The Photo Archive contains photographs of artworks classified in two groups:

  • The complete holdings of the Collection of Paintings of the Hungarian National Gallery, grouped by artists, on black and white reproductions. (Reproductions of the works preserved in the Collection of Sculptures and in the Old Hungarian Collection are available at the respective departments.)
  • Photographs of works from Hungarian private, ecclesiastical and other public or municipal collections that are relevant to Hungarian fine arts.

Research is based on the index of artists’ names.


For an appointment, please contact:

Zsuzsanna Farkas      phone: +36 20 4397 318     e-mail:



The Documentary Archive of Cultural Heritage Preservation also forms part of the Archives of the Hungarian National Gallery, mainly participating in public proceedings as official expert.


Information on old authentication documents issued by the museum (between 1932 and 2000) can be requested as well. Please download and complete the Information Service Request Form (in Hungarian and English) and send it to our colleague:

Beatrix Bara-Szabadi e-mail:

Data can only be handed out in digital format, after an authorization process.