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“National Gallery is worth visiting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)
Szent Gyorgy ter 2 | Budavari Palota, Budapest 1014, Hungary (Várkerület)
+36 20 4397 331
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Ranked #92 of 405 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The museum houses an extensive collection of Hungarian works dating from the 10th century to present day, including the sculpture of King Béla III's head (1200 A.D.) and lavish 15th- and 16th-century winged altarpieces.
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“National Gallery is worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I appreciated the info boards near the artworks. They gave useful insight and background information about the artists, their techniques and themes.

Visited July 2014
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“Gothic winged altar pieces are fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Our visit was relatively short. The highlight was the gallery containing the gothic winged altar pieces. This gallery by itself was worth the price of admission. Do not forget to purchase a separate photo (or video) permit.

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“Dada and Surrealism at Hungarian National Gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The access to the Hungarian National Gallery is possible either by funicular for a fee, or by stairs and alleys, in order to stop every time one might want to enjoy the wonderful view of Danube and Budapest (especially Pest).

One might want to skip the long line for the funicular on a hot summer day, and walk instead of supporting the sun for much longer than a wonderful walk in the shadows of the trees!

"Dada and Surrealism" is a temporary exhibition from 9th of July until the 5th of October 2014. For art lovers in general and surrealism in particular, the Hungarian National Gallery is a must!

There's also a temporary movie exhibition.

The website of the MNG: http://www.mng.hu/en

Visited July 2014
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“Urgent update: Access to the dome and the collection.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

There are two reasons to visit the National Gallery as soon as possible: Access to the dome and the collection. Read on:

- The President of Hungary has stated publicly (July 2014) That he would like to move the collection and make the National Gallery into his personal home. One of the best things about visiting the National Gallery now is you have access to the walkway around the iconic blue dome at the top of the Castle Complex. If the collection is moved, as threatened, you will never get to visit the dome again.

- If you have interest in accomplished Hungarian artists who because of circumstance (like being occupied for 50 years by Nazis then Russians) never got their work out, you should put this at the top of your list. You will never see these artists anywhere else, unfortunately, but they are as accomplished as their contemporaries of the day, Gauguin, Renoir, DuChamp, Pissarro, many impressionist works, I’m jumping all over the place historically, but you will find heart rending portrayals of abandonment, lust, jealousy, anxious orphans, poverty, and simply daily life. And hopefully discover many Hungarian artists you haven’t heard about, until now.

The building has been destroyed 80+ times between all the wars, so the exterior is reconstructed but the interior is totally 60’s communist. (Which is kind of a great ironic take on the thing, if you have a sense of humor)

Visited July 2014
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“If you enjoy art in a slightest bit, you must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I happened to be in Budapest during really bad weather conditions (windy, rainy, stormy) so I spent a whole day here. Right from the opening, until middle of the afternoon. They have EVERYTHING. Right from the medieval pieces to modern installations, you can see and enjoy scultpures, photographs, old altar pieces, and even a huge piece of a ceiling from Middle Ages (I think). They have special exhibitions too, but I was content on focusing to the permanent collections. You can see and understand the development of arts in Hungary, since the pieces are arranged from the oldest to the newest - not set to stone to be from year to year, but from an era to era kind of way - from the bottom floor up.

And like almost all the other museums and attractions in Budapest, all the European (if I remember correct, it's EEA) inhabitants get in for half the price. Whoop! And you must pay for a permission to take photos, but all the tickets were really low priced anyway, so I didn't mind much.

Also, the location at the Royal Palace isn't that bad either, there is many other things to do and see, so spending an entire day at the Castle Hill isn't really a bad idea.

Visited May 2014
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