Museums

Museums in Budapest
Museums in Budapest

Budapest is a city full of museums for all tastes. On this page, we will describe the most “normal” museums where tourists drop by. In the museum descriptions, you can read about the permanent exhibitions of the museum, and sometimes we will also review the temporary exhibitions in the same museum.

According to a definition, a museum is “a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” As you come to Budapest we would like you to go home with more knowledge than when you came, and a place of gaining such knowledge is in a museum (or maybe a guided tour with us).

Nice things to know about the museums in Budapest

  • Most museums have free entrance on national holidays.
  • Some museums have free entrance to the permanent exhibition, while you have to pay for the temporary exhibitions.
  • Do not forget to bring your student card, it normally gives you a very good discount.

Museums in Budapest

Southeast Asian Gold Museum

The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum opened in Budapest in 2011 and the museum is the home for nearly a thousand artifacts from eleven of the states of today’s Southeast Asia. Most of of these objects are of gold and date from prehistoric times to the 20th century, illustrating the spectrum of fine arts...

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Electrotechnical museum

There are lots of interesting museums in the capital of Hungary covering topics such as art, history and science. We have already written about several of these, but now it is time to share information about one museum we have not written about earlier, the Electrotechnical Museum. If you are interested in physics, and one...

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Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is an example of a buildling in eclectic-neoclassical style, and it was built between 1900-1906. The plans for the building were made by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, the architects behind the Arthall and the Heroes Square as well. The timpanon above the main entrance shows a part...

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Natural History Museum

Along the road that leads from the airport to the city (Üllöi Út) the Hungarian Natural History Museum can be found. Located between the Klinikák and the Nagyvárad Tér metrostop it is to be found at the Ludovika Tér. The museum has permanent exhibitions, one of them can be seen for free outside the museum....

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Museum of Ethnography

The Museum of Ethnography can be found opposite the Hungarian Parliament, at the Kossuth Square. The building was originally built by Alajos Hauszmann for the Ministry of Justice, but in 1973 the Museum of Ethnography moved into it. Inside you can see grand staircases, classical columns of multi-coloured marble, stucco and gilt decorations and a...

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Museum of Applied Arts

Following groups from the airport to the inner city of Budapest everyone ask as we pass by the Museum of Applied Arts: "What is that?" The building attracts a lot of attention because of its special look, a great example of an Art Nouveau building. As it was opened in 1872 it was the third...

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Marcipan Museum

Located in the Hilton Hotel in the castle area of Budapest the Marcipan has a great location next to the Matthias Church and the Fishermens Bastion. Though the museum is very little, it is quite cool and it is done over with in appx. 5-10 minutes. If you like what you see, there is a...

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Hungarian National Museum

The Hungarian National Museum is located between Astoria and Kalvin Tér, and it is a beautiful classicist building built in the middle of the 19th century. It has been an important building throughout history, and one of the most important moments was March 23, 1848, when Sandor Petõfi read the national song. This is said...

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Holocaust Museum

The Holocaust Museum, also known as the Holocaust Memorial Center, was opened in 2004. Earlier a synagogue was located here, and as they started building the memorial center they decided to rebuild/renovate the former synagogue as well, which is now a part of the permanent exhibition of the museum. The importance of the museum has...

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Art Hall

If you are interested in contemporary arts the Art Hall is the place for you to go. The mission of the museum is to mediate, present and influence Hungarian and international trends and phenomena in the contemporary visual arts. Every year they arrange 5-6 different modern exhibitions, where you can see the works of modern...

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Terror House

The Terror House museum was opened on February 24 in 2002 and serves as a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in the building of the museum. The goal of the museum is to show people that the fight for liberation was not in vain and that the war against...

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Museum of Military History

Military History Museum This museum is in the castlearea, but still falls a little bit outside the normal touristroute. The museum was opened in 1918, became independent in 1922, and moved into its current facilities in the end of the 1920s. Unfortunately 2/3 of its objects were destroyed during the Second World War. Among the...

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Budapest History Museum

Maybe you are one of those wondering what can be found inside the Castle in Budapest. During our guided tours often people wonder if Hungary has a king, or if anyone lives inside the castle. The truth is that inside the castle you can find several things, and one of those is the Budapest History...

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Interesting temporary exhibitions in Budapest museums.

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