About the museum
The Salgo Trust for Education is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1991 and dedicated to preserving and placing the collections of its founder Nicolas M. Salgo through research, exhibitions and donations.
In 1959 Nicolas Salgo founded the Salgo-Noren Foundation and established the Salgo Award for teaching excellence as a stimulus and recognition for dedicated and inspirational classroom teachers in the United States. In 1982 he established a Chair in American Studies (now School of English and American Studies) at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest to support the teaching of American History and lectures by visiting American professors. This was the first program of its kind to be implemented in a Soviet Bloc nation, and continues to the present day.
Nicolas Salgo had long been an avid collector, with interests ranging from Hungarian art, maps, sculpture and silver to Chinese decorative art and furniture; from saddles, saddle rugs and horse covers to French furniture; from European game boards, boxes and draughtsmen to shagreen; from Melanesian art to silver marrow scoops and spoons. The Salgo Trust for Education was formed in 1991 with a mission to promote the collections and collecting philosophies of its founder through research and exhibitions. Works from The Salgo Trust for Education have been exhibited in numerous museums both in the United States and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York; the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest; the Jeu de Paume, Paris; Institut Valencia d’Art Moderne – Centre Julio González, Valencia; Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig; the Museum of the American-Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ; the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich; and many others.