Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum
Established in 1985, the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum is located on the second floor in the Galleria at Erieview. The museum preserves and shares the history and culture of Hungarians in Northeast Ohio through displays and a library that is open to the public.
Backstory and Context
Hungarian immigrants began moving to Cleveland in the 1880s. At one time there were specific Hungarian sections of the city. That is no longer the case, however, as thousands of residents with Hungarian heritage remain.
The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum was started in 1985 when a group of residents decided much of their history in the city needed to be preserved. The first location was in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. When the church needed renovations in the early 1990s, the Museum was forced to move. After some years of looking, the Museum relocated to the Richmond Mall. In 1998 it was forced to move again. This time it re-opened at the Euclid Square Mall in 1999.
In 2003, the Museum moved to its current home on the second level of The Galleria at Erieview. It now features exhibition galleries, a gift shop, and a library. The galleries feature both permanent and rotating exhibits throughout the year. The Museum attracts many visitors and hosts a variety of lectures and special events.