Lendava castle is first mentioned in the records in 1192 as a property of the Hungarian noble family Bánffy and was theirs until the middle of the 17th century, when it fell to the Nádasdy family for a short period, and in the 18th century came under the management of the Eszterházy family.

Today it is a massive two-storey building with a mansard roof overlooking the town of Lendava-Lendva. The walls are supported by massive buttresses and the south-west façade is emphasised with a central tower.

The castle was in past centuries many times entirely restored and rebuilt. The present-day Baroque appearance of the castle dates from 1690–1707, following the withdrawal of the Turks from the area, when the Esterházys had it rebuilt to form an L-shaped building as a sign of their loyalty to the Emperor Leopold I. The castle became a show piece of Baroque architecture, and remained in the hands of the Esterházy family until World War I.

The museum collection boasts a permanent archaeological, historical and ethnological exhibition, as well as a memorial room for the most famous sculptor of Lendava, György Zala. The art heritage of Lendava artists is preserved in the institute’s gallery collection, which features a collection of artwork that has emerged from this traditional international artistic community.

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Gábor Mikulás (7 months ago)
Chagall exhibition - excellent!
barbara šter (8 months ago)
The castle is in superb condition, the exhibitions are diverse, interesting and well presented.
Jozef Svec (9 months ago)
Really educational place. They have lot of historical object, you can see a video aboh history of city or collection of about 2500 butterflies.
Transilvanicum Travel Agency (10 months ago)
For me it was the best: Chagall exposition. The staff was very friendly, we arrived before closing with a school group and we could visit it after official closing time.
Zoltan Kovacs (13 months ago)
Not only gives you a insight to the history or the surrounding area, but there are also permanent and temporary contemporary exhibitions. Full of it, literally, from the cellar to the attic!
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