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“Location, location, location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Toreneti Muzeum)

Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Toreneti Muzeum)
Szt. Gyorgy ter 2 | Royal Palace "E" building, Budapest, Hungary (Várkerület)
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Ranked #121 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Location, location, location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This museum is situated in the Royal Palace itself with fantastic views across the Danube to Pest. It is a bit hidden, at the back of the furthest courtyard. The modern entrance hall does not prepare you for the variety of buildings and styles evident in the museum itself. The most interesting area of the museum is the labyrinth of passages, staircases and cellars which formed parts of the various castles and palaces built on this point since the 1400s. There is lots to see and all is informative and well-laid out. This is not the Hungarian National Museum but a museum about the city and this particular location - it carries out this function with great ease. The exposition on the history of the city is very well constructed and all of the information is available in English as well as Hungarian. Well worth a visit!

Visited April 2013
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“Hungary in perspective - the best exhibition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Shadow and Light Tour chronicles the history of the country from the Roman times to the current era. It is not to be missed. It is easy to follow, highly informative and there are interesting little sidelines on cultural diversity, housing, furniture etc over the ages. There was a piano recital at the same time (part of the Castle Easter celebrations) that added to the enjoyment.

Visited April 2013
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“Good museum in a fantastic location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This museum is in a great location, in the Royal Palace on the hill overlooking Budapest. The basement area is particularly interesting - a warren of passageways and staircases connecting rooms from different phases of the castle's history.

The main exhibition areas on the higher floors are a fairly standard progression through the history of the city of Budapest. I felt it covered similar ground to the Hungarian National Museum (which is arranged in a more interesting way).

There's a small cafe and shop at the entrance, and you can get an audio guide covering some sections of the museum.

Visited March 2013
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I really enjoyed this museum, especially the floor where the whole history of the city was laid out for you chronologically with maps and helpful synopses. I had no idea of how chaotic the history of the city was. Also some very nice artifacts from prehistory onward. If you have a Budapest Card it's 50% off! Only cost me 900 forints. Well worth it.

Visited March 2013
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“Great Exhibit on Millenia of Budapest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The basement and ground floor are nice, but we really enjoyed the exhibit on the first floor. It highlighted the history of Budapest for the last 1000-2000 years, providing a really great understanding of how the city (and Hungary) were shaped by internal and external forces. If you are also planning to visit the Hungarian National Museum but know very little about Hungarian history, start here to get a grounding in the history basics.

Visited February 2013
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