Hungarian entrepreneur Ference Hopp (1833-1919) started off for his first journey around the world in 1882 and this expedition was followed by four more. He went to Australia, India, China, Japan, North- and South America and Africa. He took lots of photos, collected minerals, objects of art and jewelry. At the end of his life, he bequeathed his collection to the Hungarian people, therefore laying foundation to the museum that now carries his own name. During the following years the original collection was complemented by the oriental materials from the National Museum, Japanese drawings and engravings from the Fine Arts Museum and materials from private collections. The Museum of Applied Arts provided objects brought at several Expos. Part of the collection was lost during the German occupation, yet the museum resumed its work after the war, attracted many experts of oriental art and culture and received numerous gifts from other countries. Currently it holds about 20 000 objects. Two of its biggest collections present the art of Japan and China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Islam art collection. Particularly significant are pieces of Buddhism art, dating back to the 9th and 10th century.
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Keywords: museum, museums, Budapest, Hungary