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“Museum to make you think” 5 of 5 stars
Review of House of Terror

House of Terror
Andrassy ut 60, Budapest 1062, Hungary
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Ranked #82 of 290 Activities in Budapest
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Amusement
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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“Museum to make you think”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Some of the content of the museum was disturbing but a fascinating insight into the lifes of Hugarians under the Nazi and Soviet rules. A must for anyone visiting the city to remember what it's residents had lived through.

Visited April 2013
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stamford, ct
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56 attraction reviews
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
“A worthwhile exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This museum recounts the devastating effects of the Fascist occupation, (and round-up and extermination of Jews and Gypsies) followed by the Communist occupation (and more horrors that accompanied this era) of this country that decimated the Hungarian population, but not the country's spirit. For someone who speaks the language, the experience is probably a lot different than for a non-native. An English speaking visitor has the opportunity to read numerous monographs offered in each room, and they are informative and have great impact. There is only one problem, there is very poor lighting in the museum (due to a desire to set a mood, we guess), and the reader's job (read English speaking visitor's job) is painful, and slow as a result . Otherwise, you can come away from this museum with a binder full of explanations that could make for either a souvenir, or source material for a school report for a high school student. Either way, this is a learning experience worth having.We must learn from history in order to avoid dooming ourselves by repeating it.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Very surreal setup of Hungary's dark past.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Very well organized and done but it would be nice if it concentrated on the 1956 and other setups more completely. I felt saddened and sick seeing the entire thing because alot of the communist that perpetrated these sickening crimes got away with it according to the House of Terror and that really saddens me the most. I implore people to see it and experience it.

Visited March 2013
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aylesbury
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“Not great for uk travelers but worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

I found the basement to be the most interesting. To see the actual conditions prisoners were really kept in. Other than that there wasn't a lot in terms of actual memorabilia and little Information in English.
A couple of the videos were subtitled (although not all that well but still was great that they had been) but other than that the only info is on a4 sheets which is quite a lot to read.
If you're really interested in history then I'd say it's great, if you want a museum you can just walk and look around, then it's not.
But it is a beautiful building and laid out beautifully too, and very reasonably priced hence why I've said it's still worth a visit.
Definately go and judge for yourself!

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“The Future of Museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a remarkable place and easily one of the 10 best museum experiences I have ever had. The museum has managed the difficult task of educating without preaching and intriguing without exploiting. This is a rare museum that ends up just as enriching for scholars 20th-century Hungarian history as it is for foreign tourists generally ignorant of all but the broad strokes of history.
You proceed chronologically, beginning with Hungary's own Nazi-sympathizers, followed by Nazi and then Soviet Occupation. Each room educates about a specific aspect of life under the heels of Nazi or (primarily) Soviet oppression. It culminates in the basement prison cells which were occupied by innocent political prisoners only a few short decades ago.
There is much to be learned and remembered in this museum and it is taught thoroughly, respectfully and unforgettably. You must go.

Visited December 2012
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