The most recently established curatorial unit of the Museum focuses on collecting objects of modern and contemporary design. Our goal is to create a collection representing different branches of 20th- and 21st-century design, focusing on the territory of East-Central Europe.
The 17,000 items in the Textile and Costume Collection are mainly from Europe, and some from overseas, representing a wide range of techniques and periods of textile art. Complementing the textiles themselves is a historical collection of equipment used to make them.
In the collection of designs and drawings the Archive owns approximately 7000 pieces of original designs for different decorative art objects. Besides numerous artists' bequests the collection includes the museum's original plans drawn by Ödön Lechner and his colleagues.
The collection includes more than 25,000 archive photographs which are unique sources of the works of art and interiors destroyed during the twentieth century, of the private collections in former times as well as of the universal expositions and of the earlier exhibitions in the museum.