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Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Toreneti Muzeum)

Szt. Gyorgy ter 2 | Royal Palace "E" building, Budapest, Hungary (Várkerület)
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Ranked #114 of 255 attractions in Budapest
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Type: History Museums
Owner description: Permanent collections at this prestigious museum include the Medieval Royal Palace of the Buda Castle, Budapest In the Middle Ages and Gothic... more » Owner description: Permanent collections at this prestigious museum include the Medieval Royal Palace of the Buda Castle, Budapest In the Middle Ages and Gothic Sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda. « less
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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I visited this museum on my first day in Budapest, hoping to learn about the city's history. When I left the museum, I didn't feel like I had learned anything. There are a lot of items on display, some of them quite interesting but the layout of the displays and the information given was awful. I would hope to at... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

I've never been to such a prominent museum which was so poorly appointed, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt, that they're doing some sort of work there. (The museum was nearly empty the whole afternoon we were there, so apparently others got the memo.) Multiple permanent and temporary exhibits and spaces were closed, and cases were empty and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you would like to dig beneath the streets of Budapest and know the history of the city better, BTM is the best place to visit. Not to mention that its location is probably among the most beautiful ones on Earth, this museum covers every artifact from the stone ages up to WWII. Don't forget to visit the courtyard, which... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

I left after two hours with a totally new understanding of Budapest's history. Rather than being a Hungarian version of Vienna, Budapest evolved into a major European center in the 19th Century. Its earlier history sounds more like an outpost of distant empires. The English versions of exhibits are well written and comprehensive. It was a well-spent afternoon.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting, I particularly liked seeing the Anjevin cloth although more info about the Budapest/Anjou link would be nice. There are loads of pots from the roman period but no helmets (none that I saw) - bit dissapointing since they have pictures of helmets. Another good part is the upstairs display of the peoples East of the Danube who fought... More

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Located in part of the former Royal Palace which had been destroyed during the war and rebuilt in the 1950s, this was a fascinating history of Budapest since pre-Roman times, showing Old Buda, Buda and Pest eventually became one city. There is a huge amount to see, including former rooms and foundations in the basement area. Very worthwhile visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I was quite surprised to find this museum so interesting. It was very informative a tracked the history of Budapest from before the Romans and until today. Some of the periods of course had more attention than others. Especially the part that showed the development from the earæly 20th century and until today I found very interesting.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Based in the Castle Royal Palace we had a really interesting couple of hours here learning all about how Hungary was created and the origins of both Pest and Buda cities. There is an amazing collection of clocks and oriental objects as well as the exposing of the earlier castle layouts / rooms in the basement areas. A must visit.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The displays were very well done, and as English speakers (and Russian, but that didn't help us at all) we had no problem reading everything presented. It gave a very good background to the history of Budapest, with many items on display to illustrate each era. We visited with two teenagers and a 10-year-old boy, and they were all quite... More

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Raanana, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I recommend that if this"1000 Years" exhibit is still open, go to see it on your first day. It will give you an excellent perspective on the historical sites around the center of the city and their significance in Hungarian history. I came out of it understanding a lot more than when I came in. The rest of the museum... More

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