Permanent Exhibition of the Ábrahám Ganz Foundry Collection
Place: Ábrahám Ganz Foundry Collection, Budapest (Budapest, Bem József utca 20. H-1027 )
The exhibition presenting the life of Ábrahám Ganz and András Mechwart displays – through original documents and objects – the life and work of two significant figures of Hungarian foundry, this way commemorating these outstanding personalities.
The part of the exhibition presenting the history of foundry embraces the past of foundry from ancient bronze casting to the most modern technologies. Visitors can get acquainted with original foundry equipment and pieces commemorating Hungarian foundry. We may contemplate original chill-casting machines and equipment: the cupola furnace, the ladle, the rotating crane, and the weight bridge which appear as parts of the original 150-year-old building.
The selection assembled from nineteenth-century, artistic cast-iron pieces are also a part of the museum's permanent exhibition. The collection presenting the cast-iron work of the 19th century deploys delicately cast, magnificent, and rare ornaments that beautifully exemplify contemporary European artistic iron-casting. Besides this, since 2015, on the loft of the museum’s exhibition hall the “Gyenesdiás private collection” can be seen, mostly presenting uniquely ornamented cast-iron furnaces.
The permanent exhibition hosts a wide variety of smaller and bigger objects: cannons, lamps, naval-, auto-, and motor parts, irons, wheels, rotors, and door handles; jewellery, plaques, and other fine cast pieces may be viewed.
A real rarity is the Clanging Cast collection in the front part of the hall. In the circle of bells (cast from different types of metal) visitors can even sound the exhibited pieces themselves.
The park in the middle of which the museum building is located also abounds in sights: railway bicycles, naval casts, and the busts of Hungarian foundry’s leading figures are lit by marvellous candelabra which also commemorate the excellence of Hungarian foundry.