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Scientific explorers of the Carpathian Basin

This exhibition gives a taste of the academic achievements of the professionals engaged in the exploration of the Carpathian Basin, an area that includes Hungary. In the first part of the foreground, the display cabinets contain objects depicting the earliest “writers of geography”, followed by the representatives of geography, a science of increasing significance in the 19th century (Lajos Lóczy, Jenő Cholnoky, Pál Teleki). The next generation of geographical exploration is shown in the hall Geographers and geologists, where social scientists are also commemorated. In the fourth hall the memories of early Hungarian cartography are on display, including old cartographical tools and devices. The last room commemorates the scientists of the greatest achievements in Hungarian cave research and spelunking, where an installation creates the atmosphere of a cave for the visitor. In the second half of the entrance corridor, a separate unit is devoted to the researchers of Transylvania.

3,276 Days Spent in Exploration; or a Re-reading of Dénes Balázs, Geographer and Museum Founder

Travelling round the world was a childhood dream of Dr Dénes Balázs. His dream certainly came true as he visited 130 countries on five continents. He disclosed the knowledge that he acquired during his journeys in 27 books and a number of articles. It was this renowned geographer who founded the Hungarian Geographical Museum, an achievement whose seminal idea came from Jenő Cholnoky and Pál Teleki. The exhibition entitled “3,276 Days Spent in Exploration; or a Re-reading of Dénes Balázs, Geographer and Museum Founder” is an homage to the founder of the Museum. The exhibition is like a “three dimensional manual” split into seven sections (the world of karst, deserts, jungles, the realm of ice and the world of volcanoes) which has something to offer to both geography lovers and the general public.