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Museum Guide for Budapest

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As Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts temporarily closes (in order to establish a dedicated museum quarter in City Park!), art lovers in the Hungarian capital mourn its hiatus. Fortunately, Budapest has a number of other exciting and interesting museums to tide us over for a while. From art galleries to more avant-garde establishments, here are some of the best museums the city has to offer.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)

History Museums

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)

Art Museums

House of Terror Museum

Speciality Museums

Invisible Exhibition

Game & Entertainment Centres

Mai Mano Haz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museum of Applied Arts

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)

Art Museums

Holocaust Memorial Center

Speciality Museums

Jennifer W's City Tips

  • Some of the museums request that you put your bags in the cloakroom when you get in.
  • The museum cafes are usually over-priced and not that good, but there are some nice alternatives around.
  • Budapest has an excellent public transport system with a metro, trams, buses, trolley buses and even a Danube ferry.
  • The public transport system runs on an honor system, so make sure you validate your ticket! Inspectors tend to surprise travelers and getting caught results in hefty fines.
  • If you get a Budapest Card, not only will you get a public transport pass, but entries to some of the museums are also included.
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    Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)
    History Museums
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Located close to Deak Square on the Museum Boulevard, the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Museum) is the largest museum in the country. If you're interested in learning more about local culture and history, or you're simply a history or archaeology buff, then it's worth a visit. You'll find relics from the Carpathian Basin here, as well as excellent temporary exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the website to see if there are any interesting temporary exhibitions running.
    • Take a walk around the Palace District just behind the museum. Head down towards Mikszáth Kálmán Square and the area around the Ervin Szabó library for some nice cafes.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the visit 11/12/2017
    • Passionating 09/12/2017
    • Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)
    Address:
    Muzeum koerut 14-16
    Budapest 1088
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 338 2122
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)
    Art Museums
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    Jennifer W Says:

    If you're interested in Hungarian art, this is the place to be. Located up in the famous Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery will take you on a journey through Hungarian art history from early Gothic wooden sculptures and panel painting to the 20th century avant-garde.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't want to spend the money taking the funicular railway, but don't fancy the hike, you can grab bus number 16 or 16A from Deak Square or from the foot of the hill.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Different from western galleries 13/12/2017
    • Majestic 09/12/2017
    • Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)
    Address:
    Szent Gyoergy ter 2
    Budavari Palota
    Budapest 1014
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 20 439 7331
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    House of Terror Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Intense and poignant, the House of Terror chronicles the atrocities committed by the fascist and communist regimes in the 20th century. Once the former headquarters of the communist secret police, the museum tells the story of its victims and prisoners who were detained, tortured or killed in the building. This is not a museum for the fainthearted, but the shocking exhibition that will help you to understand an important part of Hungarian history.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Take the metro from Deak Square to Vörösmarty Street. This metro line is the second oldest in Europe, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in itself.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Below expectations 14/12/2017
    • Crowded and Upsetting 13/12/2017
    • House of Terror Museum
    Address:
    Andrassy ut 60
    Budapest 1062
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 374 2600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Invisible Exhibition
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Ever wanted to know what the world feels like for a blind person? The Invisible Exhibition is one of Budapest's hottest programs and not to be missed. This avant-garde permanent exhibition offers an immersive experience on what it's like to live life with your other senses. If the exhibition leaves you wanting more, then you can also take part in additional programs, such as blind dining or wine tasting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Invisible Exhibition is located in Millenáris Park, a cluster of modern exhibition halls and a recreation center, so find out if there are any interesting programs going on.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 172 Fun & Games in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eye-opening tour 05/12/2017
    • Beautiful experience 04/12/2017
    • Invisible Exhibition
    Address:
    Kis Rokus utca 16-20.
    Millenáris, building B
    Budapest 1024
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 20 771 4236
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Mai Mano Haz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Jennifer W Says:

    Hungary has an amazing pedigree of photographers, so while you're in the capital it's worth paying a quick visit to the Mai Mano House, the former home of one of the city's most famous portrait photographers. This house is a combination of a museum dedicated to the photographer and the techniques he used in the early 20th century, and a contemporary exhibition showcasing modern Hungarian photography.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Mai Mano House is down the road from the Capa Center, a contemporary photography exhibition hall, which is also worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #180 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    • The House of Hungarian Photography 05/09/2017
    • Photographers & Architects rejoice 24/08/2017
    • Mai Mano Haz
    Address:
    Nagymezo utca 20
    Budapest 1065
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 473 2666
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    14:00 - 19:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Museum of Applied Arts
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Worth visiting just for the building itself, the Museum of Applied Arts is one of the finest examples of Hungarian art nouveau architecture designed by the 'Hungarian Gaudi' Ödön Lechner. You'll find a collection of Hungarian arts and crafts, as well as temporary modern exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Visitors with wheelchairs can use the entrance in the courtyard on Hőgyes Endre street. That entrance is open during the week, but on weekends you'll need to ring the bell.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pity the exhibits did not match the architecture of the building 17/10/2017
    • Marvelous low key museum... permanent collection is choice! 29/08/2017
    • Museum of Applied Arts
    Address:
    Ulloi ut 33-37.
    Budapest 1091
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 456 5107
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)
    Art Museums
    Jennifer W Says:

    For the best in contemporary art, head over to Heroes' Square to the Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok). Located on the opposite side of the square from the (currently closed) Museum of Fine Arts, this neo-Renaissance building was constructed in 1896 as a symbol of the 20th century and the avant-garde, and ever since has been showcasing the best in contemporary Hungarian art, often featuring work from some of the most groundbreaking artists in the region.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you want to grab a coffee or a drink al fresco in the summer, head over to Kertem, an open air ruin pub (bar in a formerly abandoned building, popular in Budapest) in City Park.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #159 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice spot 26/10/2017
    • Contemporary exhibitions 11/08/2017
    • Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)
    Address:
    Dozsa Gyoergy ut 37
    Budapest 1146
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 460 7000
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    12:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Holocaust Memorial Center
    Speciality Museums
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    Jennifer W Says:

    This interactive permanent exhibition will take you through the history of the Holocaust. A great place for history buffs, here you'll find original documents and objects as well as historical accounts. The eight-meter-high black wall in the courtyard is a poignant memorial to Hungary's Holocaust victims.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You can take a guided tour in a number of languages, and you'll also find thematically focused tours are offered on a regular basis.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 483 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 12/12/2017
    • A place of sorrow and grief 01/12/2017
    • Holocaust Memorial Center
    Address:
    Pava utca 39
    Budapest 1094
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 455 3333
    Other:
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