Budapest, 23 May 2012 - The 17th May Museum Festival was held to celebrate World Museum Day. The Visitor Centre of the MNB has been a regular participant of the event for years. Similarly to previous years, public visitors of the May Festival voted for the museum that offered the richest programme and displayed the most outstanding exhibition. This year, over 110 museums participated in the two-day museum festivities, and visitors awarded the best museum prize to the Visitor Centre of the MNB.

In the spirit of this year’s theme at the May Festival, Hungarian specialities, visitors were offered insight, among others, into one of the most important banknote security elements, the hologram, invented by Dénes Gábor. In addition to the new monetary history exhibit, visitors could also try out the already popular games: use the minting machine of the Visitor Centre, play with our memory and assembly games, feel banknotes, test financial stability with the MNB Jenga, and examine the security elements of our banknotes with the magnetic puzzle.

During the two-day event, 1,400 visitors looked into the central bank’s tent.

The next useful awareness raising events of the MNB — introducing the world of money in a playful form — held at an external venue will welcome visitors at the Városliget Children’s Day on May 26-27, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Visitor Centre of the central bank is open to visitors weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional information: