Miksa Róth was a very well known stained glass and mosaic artist who was active in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Róth lived in this house from 1911 until his death in 1944; his family left it, together with some of his works and domestic furnishings, to the state to establish this museum. Róth's studio was across the courtyard, in the back of the property, but that is not currently part of the museum.
While small, the museum is well worth a visit if you have any interest in or taste for either stained glass or mosaic art.
The stained glass pieces are well back-lit, allowing the visitor to appreciate the colours and textures. There is a good variety of Róth's religious pieces commissioned for churches, as well as other, more secular, floral and geometric patterns commissioned for private homes. A few of the glass displays are necessarily copies, as the originals remain in the buildings for which they were designed. However, the copies are very well done and give the visitor a good sense of Róth's talent in design and execution.
There a number of mosaics also on display, most depicting religious scenes. A few pieces combine glass and ceramics to stunning effect.
The museum is not only located in Róth's own home, but it includes a number of his original domestic furnishings, providing a sense of the man and his context. There are also drawn designs on display, that add to the variety of his work.
The building itself is lovely, with high ceilings and tall windows: lots of natural light, not surprisingly. There is a very small gift shop that sells postcards of a few of the more impressive stained glass and ceramic works, as well as a colouring book for children featuring some of Róth's designs, and a book about Róth (half in a Hungarian, half in English). You can get a cup of tea or (instant) coffee for 150 forints. The adult entry fee to the museum is 750 forints. Closed Mondays, the museum is otherwise open daily from 2 to 6 pm.
There is a guide to the exhibits available in both Hungarian and English (these were located in one of the exhibit rooms, not at the entrance).
NOTE WELL: There are numerous Nefalejcs úts in Budapest! Make sure you head to the one in the VII kerület (district), near Thököly út, between Dózsa György út and where Kerepesi út merges with Thököly (Google Maps sent us out to the XVI ker.!)
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