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The Peasant House from the street

Original entrance door

Court of the Peasant House


Peasant House

The Peasant House of Bátaszék is located in the center of the city, at 24 Szabadság utca.

The prestigious German peasant house, suggesting creature comforts is the home of remembrance objects since June 2000 of the three largest ethnical groups, living in Bátaszék. 

The population of our city consists mainly of Germans, resettled here in the XVIIIth century, of Hungarians, resettled here from Upper Hungary (today Slovakia) after the Second World War and Hungarians of Transylvania, fled from Bukovina. Their furniture, articles, clothes, pieces of needlework are preserved and on display in this collection.

The facade of the building is covered by rich original stucco ornamentation, the wooden-wicket that opens onto the street from the outside corridor, has original graven ornamentation as well. The same graven ornamentation is to be found on the doors of the living rooms and the cellar and on the two-winged door of the wine-press house, following the doors of the attic staircase. The house has a large territory forecourt. An outside corridor - covered in its whole length with wide panels - is joined to the house itself, where cylindrical columns hold the roofing. The house has five bigger premises and rooms.

The building reflects well the lifestyle of the people, living in there sometime: behind the residential premises we can find the wine-press house and there is a cellar under the whole building - all these refer to vine cultivation and wine production. In the end of the residential building stand the stable and the hovel, indispensable for the intensive animal keeping. In the backyard original corn-crib is to be seen.
The sidelong building served as living quarters of the elder couple, superannuated from the farming.

The ethnic collection is on display in four premises of the main building.

  • In the room, looking to the street the "clean room" of the Germans is to be found: the visitors can have a look at the one-time festal clothing in the room – furnished with old furniture – on puppets, clothed in beautiful national dresses. Contemporary photos and books bear witness to the events of the past. This premise is followed by the kitchen, equipped according to local German traditions as well – with beautiful pieces of needlework, curtains with embroidery, equipped with original kitchen-furniture and tools.
  • In the third premise we can find the Szekely exposure. Szekely families, fled from Bukovina and Székelfalva found new home here.
    The most eye-catching items of our collection: made beds, serving as marriage portion, vessels, used in the kitchen, a shelf, storing the vessels and a wooden-clock. Plenty of woven kerchiefs and embroideries compliment the needlework of the one-time women. Many photos and writings preserve the souvenir of the old times.
  • The fourth room had been furnished by Upper Hungarians with their preserved furniture, tools, textiles, needlework.
    The population of this part of our city came to Bátaszék from the 16 settlements of Upper Hungary (belonging today to Slovakia). For our exposure families, stemming mainly from Nagysalló (our sister city in Upper Hungary), Negyed and Udvard offered their traditional articles.

The four-room collection, opened in 2000 expands constantly.

In the first part of the exhibition-expansion there had been created a school-history exposure in one premise of the sidelong building, and a collection of preserved tools (blue-painter, photographer, pastry-cook) of old-time local professions in the other one. At the same time in the stable and in the backyard agricultural machines and equipments are on display.

In the public premise, appropriate for hosting 50 people, formed from the former wine-press house there is an opportunity to hold classes – eventually functions as well. In case of need we can cook and bake in the back-kitchen, formed from the old one.

May 2005 in the cellar of the building a rich archeological exhibition is taking place, made from the finding of the Cistercian abbey, operating sometime in our city.

In the shorter wing of the cellar the equipments of vine-processing and wine-production found their place.

Peasant House, Bátaszék - Hungary