Sissy and Hungary: The Magnificent Life of Hungarian Aristocracy in the 17-19th Century


Date:2017-06-02 ~ 2017-09-03
Venue:No. 1 Exhibition Hall

       In 896, the Hungarian ancestors settled in the basin of Carpathian Mountains in central Europe. During 1000 years of dynasty change and regime alternation, Hungary had gradually become a distinctive nation.
   During the 17-19th century, Hungary was governed by the House of Habsburg, which was one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. The Habsburgs expanded their influence through arranged marriages. There was a political bet game launched between the Habsburgs and Hungary, and subsequently added economic, cultural, military, clothing, daily life and even religious beliefs and other aspects into the game.
   During the reign of Franz Joseph I (1848-1916), the ruling territory underwent a changing from the Austrian Empire to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The awakening of the Hungarian national consciousness together with the Hungarian independence movement shook the regime of the nation. Hungary and the Habsburg Monarchy were in a hostile situation. Fortunately, Queen Elizabeth (Princess Sissy), the wife of Franz Joseph I, eased off the tension. The queen set her affections on Hungary probably because she was welcomed and comfortable when she stayed in Hungary. The queen spent the rest of her life to pursue freedom, just like the Hungarian nation fighting for liberation. She tried her best to strive for the rights and interests for Hungarian people. Meanwhile, the beautiful queen was admired by those enthusiastic Hungarian people.
   The past time may have been submerged by the dust of history, but never have been forgotten. With this exhibition, you can both experience the life style of Hungary in the 17-19th century and see the glorious appearance of the Queen Elizabeth in past time. In this special exhibition present visitors with 149 pieces/sets exhibits from the collection of in the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest. There are five parts consisted in this exhibition, including a brief introduction of the Habsburg Monarchy and Hungary, the clothing, the lives, the weapons and the religion of the Hungarian royal family and nobility, showing the magnificent life of Hungarian aristocracy in the 17-19th century. In the first part of the exhibition there is a special theme about Queen Elizabeth, showing the legendary and regrettable life of the queen.