The Déri Museum is one of the best-known museums in Debrecen. The museum was founded in 1902 with a donation from the jeweler Artúr Löfkovics. His collection was enriched in 1920 by a donation from the Viennese silk manufacturer Frigyes Déri.
The museum’s collection has grown continuously during its century-long existence.
The natural history collection has 3,000 unique pieces, the archeology collection 60,000, the history collection 40,000, the ethnography collection 20,000, the fine arts collection 10,000, and the applied arts collection around 20,000.
The museum’s greatest treasure is the “Christ Trilogy” by Mihály Munkácsy, being painted from 1881-1896. The first painting of the trilogy’s “Christ before Pilate” was completed by Munkácsy in 1881. The second piece, “Ecce Homo” was completed in 1896, and the third work, “Golgotha” in 1884.
On the Day of Hungarian Culture, the Déri Museum also offers a number of programs for those interested.
Programs to celebrate Hungarian Culture 2023 include:
- From January 18th to the 22nd of January, Kölcsey’s will can be viewed in the Historical Gallery of the Déri Museum.
- On the 20th of January., starting at 3 p.m., the award ceremony of the Debrecen Culture Foundation will take place in the banquet hall.
- On the 21st of January, the opening of the joint exhibition entitled “Elephant Catcher” between the Szigetkék theme park and the Déri Museum will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Szigetkék theme park.
- The curatorial tour of the exhibition entitled “Réunion – Anatomy of an Island” can be seen at 2 p.m. on 24th of January, 2023.
On the Day of Hungarian Culture, 22nd of January 2023, Déri Museum can be visited free of charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.