Museums and exhibitions in Zala county

Visitors who want to explore the history of Zalavár and the region will get the most comprehensive understanding of it if they visit the museums and the  historical exhibitions  of Zala county.

The Göcseji  Museum in Zalaegerszeg  ( Zalaegerszeg, Batthyany u.2. , Tel.: 92/ 314-537) with its permanent exhibitions titled „ Centres along the River Zala „ opened in 2000 gives you a detailed history of the settlements playing  the key role in the past 2000 years in the valley of the Zala feeding Lake Balaton,  on the basis of the findings of the latest research. You  can get aquainted with the memories of the Roman town Salla (today: Zalalövő) which gave its name both to the river and the region, and also with Zalavár which grew to be the centre of the region in the  9-13th centuries.  Besides the findings and results of the excavations taken place on Vársziget ( ’Castle Island’ ), the materials excavated here before the region had been flooded again are exhibited. You can see the excavated  objects, jewels and articles for everyday usage. Macquetts show the original  location of the buildings  in the two most significant eras of the history of the island  you can see block-reconstructions, as well. The last section of the exhibition presents the memories  of Zalaegerszeg which became the county seat of Zala county  in the 17-18th century.

The new exhibition  of the  Balatoni Museum in Keszthely ( Keszthely, Múzeum út ., Tel.: 83/ 312-351) „ Golden Bridge- Chapters from the History of Lake Balaton. In the first room of the exhibition  the formation of the largest lake of Hungary  and the relationship between  the man  and the lake is presented.  Then, large dioramas show the flora and fauna of the lake and the region. Continuing your visit you can get a lot of information about the most significant castles of the region of Balaton from the prehistoric  age to the end of the Turkish times. You can also learn a lot about the  history  of fishing on Lake Balaton , of the bathing life from the beginning  till these days, and of the shipping of the lake.  Even, a room equipped with computres is available to get detailed information about the history of  Lake Balaton and its region. Last but not least, in a large aquarium visitors can have a look at  the fish of the lake.

 If you are interested in the history  of Southern Zala , you should not miss the exhibition of the Thúry György  Museum  in  Nagykanizsa  ( Nagykanizsa, Fő út 5., Tel.: 93/314-596) titled „People, roads, relations.”  Upstairs of the Baroque  building visitors can see the  interesting archaelogical findings excavated  during  the construction of the M7 highway crossing Southern Zala , among them the first (6-7 thousand –year old) human descriptions found in this area. There is a room where  the history of the castle of Kanizsa (important in the Turkish wars) is presented. There are several rooms to show Kanizsa, the most significant merchant town of South-western Transdanubia in the 18-19th century.

In the enteriors  the civil world of the turn of 19-20th centuries  is revived. To finish your visit you are invited to the last room with the original furniture  of the former Fekete Sas ( „Black Eagle”) the one of the most  beautiful pharmacies of Hungary.



The above mentioned museums will provide you with information about the smaller exhibitions like memorial places of Deák Ferenc' s cult and museum houses. You also can find abundant material about Zala county .




Deák Manor House

The Sage of the Country – Pride of Zala County

8784 Kehidakustány, Kúria u. 8.

Telefon: +36 (83) 334-007



Salla Exhibition

Zala county in the Roman Times

8999 Zalalövő, Kossuth L. u. 3.

Telefon: +36 (92) 372-692

Museum House

8999 Zalalövő, Petőfi u. 35.



Birthplace of Deák Ferenc

8997 Söjtör, Deák F. u. 154.

Telefon: +36 (92) 369-039

Zalavár Historical Memorial Park
Zalavár-Vársziget "Castle Island"