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“A useful and sometimes horrifying insight in Hungaries 20th century history” 4 of 5 stars
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House of Terror
Andrassy ut 60, Budapest 1062, Hungary
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Ranked #84 of 288 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.
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“A useful and sometimes horrifying insight in Hungaries 20th century history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The museum, situated in the former headquarter of the Secret Police, gives a good overview on Hungary from WW2 upto the end of communism. I found especially the visit to the former cells in the basement confronting... it also made you realise that a people which has been in a situation where you could not trust your family, neighbours or friends, will need several generations to recover from this. Something that in my opinion also explains the rather introvert attitude of many of the Hungarians.

Visited April 2014
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“Harrowing but beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It's very difficult to review this because it's such a traumatic topic but, that said, for such a harrowing period this museum does it such dignified justice. If, like me, you know (knew) little of Hungary's dreadful experience at this Tim (or even if you do) this place is so illuminating, edifying and poignant. Each exhibit is beautifully, artistically & tastefully displayed to maximum impact. A must see of you're interested in the country you're visiting and just history (life) in general.

Visited March 2014
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“favorite museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I loved this museum. Very post-modern--it doesn't tell you what to believe, but invites you to experience it yourself.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting visit ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Spent about 3 hours in this museum. Was very busy but was not an issue. Unfortunately most of the labeling of artifacts was only in Hungarian. In every room there are standard pieces of paper with information in an essay format on it in English. Would be nicer if the information was integrated into the exhibit. I opted to go without the audio guide so maybe that would have helped. I would still recommend going here, a very interesting exhibition.

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“Sobering and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I had passed the house of terror a number of times during my travels through Budapest and never had the time to drop in. Fortunately that changed and I was able to spend a few hours going through this fascinating, terrifying and sobering building.

As the headquarters for the internal police it was a building that had a terrible reputation and rightly was a building few ever wanted to see or be called to. The museum gives you a very good idea of how Budapest transitioned from facist control to communist control and the subsequent changes that impacted so many lives. The basement is truely horrific and removes any sugar-coating you may think you can bring in. This was a building where people were brought to and were executed.

Visited September 2013
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