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“Interesting and well organised” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)

Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)
Muzeum korut 14-16, Budapest IX, Hungary
361 338-21-22
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Ranked #58 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The history of Hungary and its people through the ages is covered in many magnificent exhibits and works of art.
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“Interesting and well organised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The museum presents the whole history of Hungary, starting with archaeological finds from pre-history and leading right up to modern times and the post-communist society. I thought it was well organised - for example, archaeological displays can be a bit dull sometimes but they made an effort to present them in varying ways to keep your interest levels up. The lack of explanatory labels in English isn't a huge problem, in fact it forces you to form your own views on the exhibits.

Don't miss St Stephen's coronation robe in a separate room on the ground floor - it is claimed to be a thousand years old.

Visited March 2013
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“Well presented but with some unexpected gaps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The collections take you room by room through Hungarian history and are genuinely very interesting and well chosen. Key text is in English as well as Hungarian, although captions on individual items are only in Hungarian. Our fault for not speaking the language, but a bit frustrating. One significant gap relates to World War 2 and its context. Although it is important for visitors to understand what led Hungary to support Nazi Germany, there was something of a tone of self-justification about some of the text. Most serious, however, was the minimal reference to the fate of the Jewish population. Although facts and figures were given in later rooms about the victims of the Communist government, nothing like that was presented relating to Jewish victims. If we hadn't visited the Great Synagogue and memorial to the Holocaust the day before, we would not have been aware of the 600,000 Jewish victims, some of whom were actually killed by Hungarians at the end of the war.

Visited March 2013
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“A must visit place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

If you are interested in Hungarian history this is the place to go. A word of warning though - there's little to no english texts near the exhibits. Go with a group and a guide if you want to learn more of what you are looking at.

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“Interseting Collections”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We had a brief visit here and enjoyed seeing a bit of Hungarian history. Well laid out exhibition areas and worth visiting if this is your thing.

Visited February 2013
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“If you don't speak Hungarian, get the audioguide!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Very interesting, extensive collections. Almost all of the labels are in Hungarian, but that's not a problem if you rent an audioguide. This is more of a traditional museum with displays and labels, so it might not be the best museum for young kids or hands-on people.

Be warned, though, the audioguide rental is NOT a flat fee. They charge you by the hour (750ft/ 1st hour, 250 for every additionally 20 minutes). If you don't speak Hungarian, you really do need the guides. But, pick out the exhibits you are most interested in so you don't rack up several hours worth of charges!

Visited February 2013
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