The museums mentioned here are in the immediate vicinity of Kossuth tér, Kecskemét's main square, a beautiful area with gorgeous buildings.

Photography lovers will not want to miss the excellent Hungarian Photography Museum, Katona József tér 12 (tel. 76/483-221; www.fotomuzeum.hu), featuring the works of contemporary Hungarian photographers, including foreign photographers of Hungarian ethnicity. The English pages of the museum's website are complete and written with a touch of humor. Operation hours are March through November Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, and December through February Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is 400 Ft.

Visit the Bozsó Collection, Klapka u. 34. (tel. 76/324-625). Open March 15 to September 16 Friday through Sunday 10am to 6pm. The Impressionist paintings of this native son are hauntingly beautiful. Admission is 400 Ft adult. You can make an appointment to visit for an extra 500 Ft.

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Explore the work of the country people and its history at the Museum of Hungarian Folk Art and Handicrafts at Serfozo utca 19. (tel. 76/327-203). It's open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, January 15 through December 15. Admission is 300 Ft.

Hungary's largest toy collection can be found at the Toy Museum (Játék-muhely és Múzeum), at Gáspár András u. and Hosszú u. (tel. 76/481-469). This quaint museum has exhibits on toy design and manufacturing, as well as exhibits featuring actual toys. Families with children should try to come on the weekend, when youngsters are allowed to play with some exhibits. Admission is 450 Ft for adults, free for children 5 and under; free for everyone on Sunday. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 12:30pm and 1 to 5pm. Closes 1 hour earlier in winter.

City Hall, Kossuth tér 1 (tel. 76/513-513), built in 1893 by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, is a delightful Art Nouveau structure and a must-see for aficionados of Lechner's later Budapest buildings: the former Post Office Savings Bank and the Applied Arts Museum. Like the buildings in the capital, Lechner's Kecskemét masterpiece is generously decorated with colorful Zsolnay majolica tiles. The council chamber (dísz terem) contains ceiling frescoes by the artist Bertalan Székely, whose work is on exhibit in Buda's National Gallery. If the building is closed when you arrive, admire it from the outside while you listen to the bells playing music by Kodály and others throughout the day (usually on the hour). Admission is 400 Ft, by appointment only. Open Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.

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