About Our Museum
Mission Statement: to save, preserve and exhibit the historical relics of the Hungarian Ambulance System; to acquaint our visitors with the scientific, intellectual and cultural heritage of the National Ambulance Service – and its predecessors.
Our Purpose: to express our respect towards the ambulance workers and the great people of our science..
The Kresz Géza Ambulance Museum is located in downtown Budapest, in the “Ambulance Palace” which was built in Markó Street int the 1890s. It has served as a home not only for the ambulance station and dispatch center, but also for the museum commemorating their heroic work. The Ambulance Palace and the Museum were founded by Dr. Géza Kresz who also created the first ambulance organization in Hungary. Our collection is unique in its kind in Europe. Visitors become acquainted with the artifacts of ambulance work, as well as the noble and selfless mission of the organization.
Our treasures are shown in chronological order, in their original surroundings. Our guests get a glimpse into the past of Hungarian ambulance and first aid work, beginning with the early days of ”barber-surgeons”, followed by the Budapest Volunteer Ambulance Unit, giving way to the formation of city ambulance units later. Visitors also receive historical insights into the nationwide ambulance network that began to develop between the two world wars. The development of the National Ambulance Service, founded in 1948, is also traced in its historical details. We trace the development of oxiology, the science of ambulance work.
Our collections include various medical and technical equipments, uniforms, and ambulance vehicles. We present in detail the history of the emergency vehicle, including the motorization of ambulance services from horse carriages to ambulance vehicles. In the garages, unique and veteran ambulance vehicles are displayed. Our institution has a film room, where visitors may view interesting documentaries about the exciting life of emergency workers.
Our latest permanent exhibition, the Cellar Hospital 1956, honors the heroic work of the ambulance workers who served in the temporary hospital set up in the cellar of the Ambulance Headquarters during the 1956 Revolution. The original rooms of the hospital, displaying contemporary furnishing and equipment, are open to our visitors.