Gyula Kolbász Museum
A historic spa town

Gyula Kolbász Museum

 

This is a collection that was founded before 1985, when the former head of the investment department of Gyula Meat Factory, Mr. Szigethy Attila, recognized the importance of Gyula sausage as a culinary product worthy of recognition and appreciation. The fame of Gyula sausage and the brand as we know it today would not have been possible without the hard work of our ancestors.

The exhibition was opened in 1985 and materials presented here were mostly donated by craftsmen butchers of Gyula. This project was started with a very noble goal, namely, to keep and preserve the memories of better days of the meat industry of Gyula town. The exhibition remained open in an unaltered form until 1998. Then, due to  preservation and structural renovations, it was  accessed only by groups on appointment basis.
After 2007 dark days followed for the History Museum of Meat
Industry. The collection was liquidated and much of the existing equipment and materials
were transported to the town Békéscsaba. The rest, sadly, disappeared or were lost
forever. Meanwhile, the museum building was put up for sale by the Municipality
of Gyula.

At its October 22nd 2007 meeting, the Town Council of Gyula, based on the
proposal of deputy and lobbyist Durko Karoly, well known as a cultural counselor
of the town, adopted a urgent resolution by which it was decided that the building
of the old slaughterhouse would not be sold. Instead, on its premises, a new Exhibition of
History of Gyula Meat Industry would be organised. The building became operational
again and now hosts not only the museum but also gastronomic events dedicated to
the local product: the Gyula sausage. At that time traditionalists butchers in the city
Gyula declared interest and agreed to contribute to this project.
On 31 st October 2007 lovers and friends of Gyula town and especially by
contributing of the initiative gentlemen: Durko Karoly, Balla Tibor and Szalai
George, the full collection of the old meat industry museum was transported from
Békéscsaba and was returned to Gyula. It was then temporarily placed in the Corvin
Janos Museum.

After more than two months of preparation, in January 2008, the Gyula
Association of Traditional Butchers was formed. They identified as their main task
the full revival and restoration of the Exhibition of History Meat Industry and
implicitly also the development of culinary traditions so uniquely
typical of the Békés County and region. At the council meeting of the
representatives of Gyula which took place on 27 th of March 2008, a historical
decision was made: they granted the right to lease the building of the museum to
the Gyula Association of Traditional Butchers for a small fee for the following 5
years. 
 
It is thanks to this unanimous decision and the financing of local government that
renovations were started immediately inside and outside the building.These were completed on 16th of June 2008. In late July, having returned them
to the rejuvenated building, the members of the association renovated and
restored all of the exhibits, equipment and materials that are now on show.

The hard, devoted work of the members of the association, the sacrifice of their precious
hours and their free time, has led to the successful in revival of this nationally unique exhibition
which was officially opened on 1 st of October 2008, in an open public ceremony.

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday to Friday from: 9:00 - 16:00
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 - 13:00
Entry price:
800 HUF / person, full price
500 HUF / person discounted
The entry price includes a free tasting of sausages and tour of the entire exhibition!

 

The entry price includes a free tasting of sausages and tour of the exposition!

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 9: 00-15: 00
Saturday-Sunday: 9: 00-13: 00 hours.