The Fradi Museum officially became a museum in 2015.
“The Fradi Museum is the only football club museum in Hungary, which holds the official museum status – as proudly stated by Zoltán Nyíri, COO of FTC. “Club chronicler Béla Nagy started guarding our clubs' relics in a small room developed by him, which has been registered as a museum since last August, in a remarkable venue, where the history of the club can be exhibited uniquely. The development of the exhibition and technical solutions can be tracked. The cooperation with the Archives has offered us opportunities as collecting all the important relics and memories from the past in order to save and display them for the future generations.
The Fradi Museum was founded by Béla Nagy on the 3rd of May in 1985. The museum’s current site was opened on the 7th of August in 2014, and the official museum status was granted on the 13th of January in 2015. Located on the ground floor of the Groupama Arena’s main building, the museum lays on 203 square meters with 7 rooms and nearly 300 objects and memorabilia displayed. The number of objects in the Fradi Museum is more than 1900 pieces. Since last year’s relocation nearly 5,000 visitors have seen the exhibition. On the Fradi Family day we were able to host a remarkable 827 visitors within only a few hours.
The museum has tried to adjust to the unique requirements of the 21st century. The official mobile application, where you can find all the information about the museum, can be downloaded for free for both Apple and Android devices. Fradi used an innovative technology to make the museum as modern as possible, hence mobile application guided tours are available in six languages through iBeacon.
The benefits of becoming a museum on one hand is moral, since this way the Fradi Museum became a member of an elite community and can participate in previously unavailable events like the famed Night of Museums here in Budapest. On the other hand, financial benefits are also associated with the museum status, because this way the museum can apply for tenders issued by the National Cultural Foundation, which can save a lot of expenses, for example thematic exhibition costs or special equipment purchases. There are also diplomatic sport benefits: organizing travelling exhibitions or displaying other, international club collections.
The advantages of the cooperation with the Budapest City Archives is extremely valuable as documents that have been previously unavailable for the club can now be obtained – even in digital form – and can be exhibited in its original form. For example, the unique piece of the new temporary exhibition is the original lease copy of the Soroksári way course from 1899. According to the agreement, the documents and photographs of the museum can be stored in the Archives, and any newspapers, books or photos can be scanned for the club in the best possible quality.
“Budapest City Archives is Hungary’s second largest archive. The archive is situated in a 23.440 square meter modern building, which was opened in 2004. It is guarding more than 35 kilometers of documents about the history of the Hungarian capital.
“Founded in 1901, the archive guards and processes the lasting valued documents generated during the operation of the capital” – as stated by the institutions Dr. István Kenyeres, General Director of the Budapest City Archives. “The cooperation agreement with the Ferencváros Torna Club fits into the archive’s private file exploration concept; hence the history of the FTC is a proud part of Budapest’s past. Without the knowledge of the club’s history, the true history of Budapest cannot be fully understood.”