The Hungarian Academy of Science is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary with its seat in Budapest.
In 1825 the history of the Academy began when Count István Széchenyi offered his year´s income for the purposes of a Learned Society at a district session of the Diet in Pressburg. Pressburg was at this time the seat of the Hungarian Parliament.
The Academy of Science received its name in 1845 and its task was specified as the development of the Hungarian language and the study and propagation of the science and arts in Hungarian.
The building was inaugurated in 1865 from the architect Friedrich August Stüler.