International Art and Heritage Law > Hungary


Hungarian Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010


State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

17 May 1956

16 August 1956

26 October 2005

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

23 October 1978

8 May 1998

1972 World Heritage Convention

15 July 1985

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention


2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

17 March 2009

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

9 May 2008


State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

16 November 1989

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

18 April 1990

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property


European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

9 February 1993

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

26 April 1995

Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

25 September 1995

European Landscape Convention

26 October 2007

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

27 June 2005

Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society



Constitutional provisions

Arts 8, 27, 32B, 35, 60, 66, 68, 70F and 70G Constitution of the Republic of Hungary adopted on 20 August 1949 consolidated with all amendments up to and including Act LIX of 1997


National legislation

Act No.XXXIX of 1881 on the Establishment of the National Committee for Historic Monuments (not reproduced)

Act No.XIII of 1949 for the establishment of MUMOK (not reproduced)

Decree No.IX of 1963 on the protection of museum objects (as amended by Act No.VII of 1975), Source: UNESCO

Act No.III of 1964 on Building Activity and Construction (not reproduced)

Decree No.II of 1965 implementing Decree No.IX of 1963 on the protection of museum objects, Source: UNESCO

Act No.CXL of 1997 Law on Culture (original language)

Act No.LIV of 1997 on Monument Preservation (original language)

Act no.LXVI on Archives 1995 (original language)

Act No.LXIV of 2001 on Protection of Cultural Heritage 2001 (English translation and original language)

Act No.LXXX of 2001 on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed (original language)

Act No.LXXXIX of 2005 amending Law LXIV of 2001 (original language)

Government Decree No.17/2001 on Restriction on Export of Cultural Objects (original language) Source: UNESCO

Ministerial Decree no.1967.I.31 (ÉM) regulating monument restoration

Act No.II of 1976 on the protection of the human environment (original language)

Act on the Rights of National and Ethnic Minorities, 1993

Act on Hungarians Living in Neighbouring Countries, 2001

Government Decree No 125/2001. (VII. 10.) on the Office for National and Ethnic Minorities, 2001

Government Decree No.34/1990 on the Office for National and Ethnic Minorities, 1990

Act No.CXL of 1997 on the Protection of Cultural Goods, Museum Institutions, Public Library Services and Cultural Education, 1997

Government Resolution 1121/1995.(XII.7.) on the Establishment of the Public Foundation for the Gypsy minorities in Hungary, 1995


CE Cultural Heritage Compendium


Other useful links

National Office for Cultural Heritage



Ministry of Education and Culture

1055 Budapest, Szalay u. 10-14.

Phone: work(+36-1) 795-1200 :: fax: (+36-1) 795-0022

E-mail: [email protected]



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