The collections at this museum are not what's most interesting about it—it's the building, built in 1896 by Ödön Lechner, Hungary’s most influential art nouveau architect and Budapest's own version of Gaudí. Lechner aimed to create a distinct national style that blended art nouveau with Hungarian folk motifs and Eastern elements to reflect the country's roots. His buildings are known for their abundant use of colorful Zsolnay tiles. Portions of the building have been restored in recent years, but it awaits a more thorough restoration. The Zsolnay-tiled roof is impressive enough, but the highly ornamental interior will also leave you wide-eyed. The permanent exhibitions consist of antique decorative arts from all over Europe: furniture, textiles, metalwork, ceramics, porcelain, and glass. Temporary exhibitions, organized frequently, are often more interesting.  Be sure to also seek out some of Lechner's other buildings in Budapest, such as the colorful former Postal Savings Bank (V. Hold utca 4), with yellow ceramic bees and hives on the roof; the Geological Museum (XIV. Stefánia út 14), with blue ceramic motifs, part folk and part geological; and the Thonet House (V. Váci utca 11), which has an intricate facade covered with baby-blue Zsolnay tiles.