In preparation for the new project, the Museum researched best practices from the world’s top technology, science and nature museums. The lessons of this work and the Museum’s mission to exhibit, educate, facilitate and serve the preservation and future expansion of its collections became the foundations for the proposed program.
The main sections of the program (approximate sizes):
Visitors’ area, conference room, cafeteria 2 800 m2
Exhibition space 13 300 m2
Storage area 11 900 m2
Archives, library 4 500 m2
Office areas and other services 1 600 m2
Restoration facilities 2 700 m2
BUILDING NET AREA 36 800 m2
The total cost of construction for the project is expected to be 30 billion HUF (cca. 95 million EUR).
The Museum currently has approximately 21 000 objects and plans to expand its collections by 30% in the coming decades. The exhibitions will feature some 3 000 artefacts, with the rest kept in partly accessible storage. The network of the Museum’s external exhibitions will remain at their locations. Parts of the collection are shown in railway parks and specialist museums. The naval and aeronautics collections will receive dedicated new locations and venues.
The main exhibition will present the development of transportation in four main sections, generally focusing on community transportation, its vehicles, the lifestyles it enabled and their transformation. The exhibition will showcase the most valuable pieces of the collection, making use of technologies enabling a rich visitor experience during the almost four-hour visit.
Storage requires differentiated solutions matching the specificities of the collection. Besides proper preservation functions, parts of the storage will be accessible to visitors for presentation purposes. The main exhibition program can be expanded on demand using accurate design and layouts of visitor routes.
The archives and the library are fundamental collections of Hungarian technical culture. They will operate as
a key knowledge institution for researchers, while being opened to the public as well. The Museum’s collection and its planned future expansions require continuous renovation, restoration and maintenance of artefacts, which make well equipped restoration facilities with diverse functions a necessity on site.
The open-air areas of the Museum invite a creative landscape architectural approach to the industrial environment. Open spaces will include open air exhibition areas, roads, parking, and greenery, with the valuable old trees to be preserved on the Museum’s intention. The main zone providing access to the Museum’s entrance will be the end station of nostalgia lines from Downtown Budapest and double as occasional event venue. The new railway station, which is to serve as an urban public area, holds a complex task of public space design.
Additional to the core program, the Museum intends to establish new functions on site that will help the expansion of the institution towards innovation as well as commercial and service activities. The Museum welcomes such concepts and proposals outside the brief as well.