Eight hours, twelve venues, more than a hundred programmes, this year the Night of Museums in Debrecen is a collaboration of exhibition venues. On Saturday, from 4.00 p.m to midnight, the exhibitions of museums and churches will be open to all. The aim of the interactive programmes is to showcase the value of the exhibitions through experiences.

“The latest exhibition at MODEM, 100 years of nature, opened on Friday. This exhibition will also feature special guided tours during the Night of Museums. MODEM is bidding farewell to its monochrome exhibition in a special way, but there will also be children’s activities and music on the shortest night of the year.  There will be subjective guided tours with actors, for example Artúr Vranyecz and Csaba Debreceni will be with us,” MODEM’s Managing Director Katalin Vízi said.

“On Saturday, at the House of Literature, anyone can make a caricature that could have appeared in Jókai’s former magazine, “Comet” (Üstökös). A LEGO-Jókai figure will also be created in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the “lord of writers’ birth. In every unit of the Déri Museum, we want to show through experiences what is new and what is already well-known.  We definitely want to show what is already in the Déri Museum. We want to showcase the cultural heritage that people know and don’t know.  We have an exhibition about the bombing of 1944, and we have special objects from 1849,” we could hear the Deputy Scientific Director of the Déri Museum Lajos Lakner.

The Night of the Museums program was joined this year by all actors who have exhibition spaces, so visitors can visit a total of 12 locations in the city centre, where they can choose from more than a hundred programs.

“A special feature of Museum Night is that it brings together institutions from a wide range of backgrounds for one day and together, listening to each other and to each other’s programmes, they will open up their own treasures and bring a truly memorable summer night for all the people of Debrecen and all visitors,” Deputy Mayor István Puskás said.

Since the Night of the Museums falls on the time of the football European Championship, football will appear everywhere in one form or another.

For example, there will be a goal shooting competition in front of the Déri Museum, and in the House of Literature, the button football teams will be made up of writers and poets.


Déri Square

5.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Square Music – Hungarian Defence Forces Bocskai István 11th Armoured Hajdú Brigade Garrison Band

5.30 p.m. “Just football” – goal kicking tournament

6.00 p.m.  Saturday night jazz with Chico Manada

7.00 p.m. “Just football” – goal kicking tournament

7.30 p.m.  hintaLOW concert

9.00 p.m. “Only football” – announcement of the results of goal kicking tournament

9.30 p.m. “Lasciatemi cantare” the best Italian hits performed by Luca Balduccio

11.00 p.m. Fire juggling show of Karmazsin és Lángoló Csigák (Crimson and Flaming Snails)

4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Folk playground and football wall on Déri Square

Déri Museum – Ceremonial Hall

7.00 p.m. “Munkácsy’s musicians” – a performance by the Creative Music Workshop

8.00 p.m.”Just football” – legends on the podium – round table discussion with Tibor Dombi, Csaba Bernáth, Zsombor Kerekes.

9.00 p.m. Steel and fire in Debrecen – Myths and legends about the first bombardment of the city – Lecture by historian and chief museologist Dr. József Dénes Kovács

10.00 p.m. Lecture by historian, co-chief museologist Balázs Korompai about 

exhibition 175 years – 175 objects – 1849 – Hussars, the Soldiers of Freedom 

Déri Museum – Café

4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Handicraft activities 

Debrecen House of Literature Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Permanent exhibition (18 Péterfia Street)

4.00 p.m. – 12.00 a.m. Arts and crafts activities

5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Put the picture together! Let’s build together! – A family LEGO adventure in the world of literary heroes!

5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. “Just football” – Literary button football tournament

7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Regular guided tours at  exhibition “Jókai másKÉPP”

Debrecen Reformed College Museum 

School history exhibition – Ground Floor, in the centre

Church art exhibition – Ground Floor,  South West side

Hymn exhibition (to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Kölcsey’s hymn) – Ground Floor,  in front of the cash desk

Bookbinding exhibition (to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the printing of books in Hungary) – 2nd floor, N hall of the Great Library

Animal and Mineral Exhibition (Jenő Nagy’s animal collection, Szőnyi’s mineral collection, Collection of Physical Instruments) – Grammar School of Debrecen Reformed College, 1-7 Péterfia Street, 3rd floor (registration needed)

The tales of Heltai in fire enamel and cartoons  – Ground Floor – Museum Education Room, South-East  side

Golden glassware in the Debrecen way (The silverware of the Büttösies, an 18th century Debrecen family of goldsmiths) – Ground Floor-  Church Art, rooms 2-3,

Macropaedia (Modern book exhibition in cooperation with MODEM) – 2nd floor, Room D of the Great Library

Sports life in the College (relics of letters and manuscripts) – Archives, Füvészkert Street building, 1st floor (registration needed)

Guided tour with night music. Old College, starting from: Church Art, South-East  gate – ending at: Great Library, 2nd floor, times: 5.00 p.m. – 8.45 p.m.  and 7.30 p.m. – 10.45 p.m.

Church Art (South-East gate), School History (Ground Floor, Oratory (2nd floor), organ music – 5.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. – Emőke Szalay, Zsuzsa Herczeg

Great Library, Bookbinding (Northern hall), Macropaedia (Southern hall), choral music – 7.30 p.m. – 8.45 p.m. – Róbert Oláh, curators

Church Art (South-East gate), School History (Ground Floor), Oratory (2nd floor), organ music –  7.30 p.m – 9.30 p.m.  – Emőke P. Szalay, Teofil Kovács

Great Library, Bookbinding (Northern Hall), Macropaedia (Southern Hall), choral music -9.30 p.m. – 10. 45 p.m.  – Róbert Oláh, Dániel Veress

Guided tour in foreign language (English), Oratory (2nd floor), Great Library, Bookbinding (Northern room)

 Macropaedia (Southern room), choral music – 9.30 p.m. -10.45 p.m. – Teofil Kovács

Sports life at the College. Archives, Füvészkert Street  building, 1st floor, times: 5.00 p.m. -5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. (registration required) – Irén Németh, Zsolt Farkas

Exhibition of animals and minerals. DRK Grammar School, 1-7 Péterfia Street, 3rd floor, times: 8.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. -10.30 p.m.  (registration required) – Zoltán Uherkovich

Children’s programmes

– Adventure Game 48, Family Adventure Game – Ground Floor, in front of the cash desk, 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 

– Owl Castle – Courtyard 1, under the arcade, South-West entrance, 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 

– Courtyard games – Courtyard 1, on the left, Dorkas tent, 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 

– Board games – Courtyard 1, in the centre by the fountain, 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 

– Apprentice training in the courtyard of Louis the Great (archery and longsword fencing) – Courtyard 1, right of the Orando sign, 5.30 p.m – 7.30 p.m. 

– Fireman’s test of strength, “gerundium (baton used for fire fighting by College students) lifting” – 2nd courtyard, on the right, 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 

Adult programmes

– Match Watching – Adult Activities, Courtyard 1, arcade rooms, North-West and North-East exits, 5.00 p.m.; 9.00 p.m.

– Neon Fish Concert – Courtyard 1, to the right of the Orando sign, 9.30 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

– Lacipecsenye (church fair, beer, coffee, ice cream, pastries, snacks) – Courtyard 1, all around,5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. 


From afternoon to midnight, guided tours, the announcement of the results of the What year are you? (Hanyas vagy?) competition and in the evening a Barabás Lőrinc Quartet and a “Spices and  Delicacies” (Fűszer és Csemege) will be held.

Great Church

4.00 p.m.  Film music performed by the Debrecen Garrison Orchestra

4.15 p.m. Opening of the exhibition of painter and drawing teacher,László Buka

5.00 p.m. Guided tour with Mayor László Papp

8.00 p.m.  and 10.00 p.m. Visit to the church with a guided tour

11.30 p.m. Night organ concert with Gergő Csorba 

During the evening – in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence – all those interested can make and take with them an extract of the Declaration of Independence, with the help of Alföldi Nyomda PLC.

Glass Pyramid

3.00 p.m.  – 12.00 a.m. Church Fair

4.00 p.m.  – 11.00 p.m.  Interactive games for children and adults with Természettár (amateur environment protection society)

Karakter 1517 Bookshop and Café

6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Church burgers from our pastors’ table

6.00 p.m. Concert of TRIOLETT band

7.30 p.m. Guitar concert by students of the Kodály Zoltán Music Secondary School

9.00 p.m. Independent musical evening by a students of the Ady Endre High School

10.00 p.m.- Handpan in the night

The events of Glass Pyramid and Karakter 1517 Bookstore and Café are free of charge.


On the Night of Museums, the exhibition Vojtina World Centre, which can be visited at 1 Kossuth Street, will take visitors into the unique world of a unique puppet legacy, the heritage of the Korngut-Kemény family. “I want to play, play, play!” The statement and enthusiasm of the world-famous puppeteer and puppeteer László Vitéz Henrik Kemény could be the symbolic motto of the exhibition, as the objects of his legacy, the brown puppet suitcase, the blue cape in which the puppets were made, the giant puppets or the relics of the Ligeti booth are all the imprints of an era, will offer a glimpse into a period of the life of a master dedicated to puppetry between 10.00 p.m. and midnight.


Starting from Abigail’s goal pass, conversation with actress Ágnes Bánfalvy in the courtyard of the Szabó Magda Memorial House (In case of rain, the venue is the Ceremonial hall of Dóczy Grammar School,DRK )

Guided tours at Szabó Magda Memorial House: 4.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m., 9.00 p.m. – 9.45 p.m.,10.00 p.m. – 10.45 p.m. Special guided tour with actress Ágnes Bánfalvy, who will read excerpts from some of Magda Szabó’s works. 

Performance by the Per Pillanat Playback Company at 6.30 p.m. in the courtyard of Szabó Magda Memorial House (In case of rain, the venue is the Ceremonial hall of Dóczy Grammar School, DRK)

Shot on goal from a goal pass: 4.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. (Field or Dóczy Dóczy Gymnasium, where change of shoes are required.)

In case of rain, the venue is Dóczy Gymnasium, passing area.  Dóczy’s Praise Band service and debut of poetry students from 8.00 p.m. 

HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES Bocskai István 11. Armoured Hajdú Brigade, (AranybikaHotel)

The tradition-preserving section of the Debrecen Organisation of the Friendship Circle of the Armed Forces and Society, led by Captain Péter Halmai, will present World War I and II deactivated weapons and uniforms, and a military pass point at the entrance.

Under the title Past and Present,the exhibition of the legacy of Major, Major Paratrooper, Posthumous Lieutenant Colonel, Bertalan Árpád Vitéz, and the presentation of the current technical equipment of the 2nd Bornemissza Gergely Reconnaissance Regiment of the Hungarian Defence Forces can be seen.

150 years of the SMS Leitha monitor: a joint exhibition of the TIT Association for Maritime History, Modelling and Heritage,  and the 1st Firefighting and River Patrol Regiment of the Hungarian Defence Forces

Imre Ilyés, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Mock-up maker’s exhibition of his collection of WWII and contemporary combat vehicle mock-ups

“Soldier Art” (Katona Art:): exhibition of the art section of the Debrecen Organisation of the Friendship Circle of the Armed Forces and Society, and the Mednyánszky Circle

My colourful world? Painting exhibition of Sergeant, private collector Major István Kunkli 

Surprise programme: from 6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  in the public place  in front of the exhibition space!


Bird’s eye view of Debrecen. The tower of the church houses not only the bell and the clock tower, but also a fire observation room, which has become a special attraction of the church. The tower can be visited continuously on this night in small groups, alternating every half hour. Built nearly 300 years ago, the tower has now been converted into a bastion-like structure and offers a magnificent panorama. 

Secrets of the ”Trunken Church”. Guided tour by art historian Dániel Veress

Silver treasures in the Small Reformed Church. A guided tour of the works of the Debrecen Jewellery Guild between 1631 and 1765 by ethnographer Emőke P. Szalay.

What is hidden in the organ of the”Trunken Church”? Organ demonstration and mini-concert. The organist-cantor of the Small Reformed Church Dániel Sárosi will talk about the history and the tricks of organ making and give an interactive demonstration of the instrument, including organ works from different periods of music history. 

Church history on film – documentary film screening about the history of C”Trunken Church” and Ispotály Church

VERESTEMPLOM (1 Méliusz Square) 

From 8.00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. , visitors are invited to a church show with light shows, starting on the hour. 


Pásti Utcai Orthodox Synagogue and its courtyard (open between 10.00 p.m. and 12.30 a.m. due to Shabbat)

In the Synagogue Gallery you can see the exhibition titled Burning Sacrifice and the works of the 2nd Debrecen Jewish Quarter Artists’ Camp

In connection with the national theme, the following programmes are offered:

10.10 p.m. Gunya and the others:  opening of the  exhibition on Jewish athletes related to Debrecen. Essayist and curator of the exhibition, folklorist Zsolt Heller will open the exhibition and read from his poems.

10.30 p.m. Guided tour with visual artist  Eszter Láng

10.50 p.m. The secrets of the Torah and the Jewish quarter: guided tour with Gábor Kreisler and Eszter Szuhai

11.00 p.m. Flódni buffet with wine tasting

10.30 p.m.”A little Jewish music at night” in the courtyard

Tickets for the Night of the Museums in Debrecen are available for children aged 6-14 for HUF 1,000, and for children aged 15 and over for HUF 2,500. Children under the age of 6 can visit the programs for free.

Source: debrecen.hu

Author: Debrecen4U