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“The Jewish experience tragically curtailed by evil” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holocaust Memorial Center

Holocaust Memorial Center
Pava St. 39, Budapest 1094, Hungary
+36 1 455 3333
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Ranked #29 of 416 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.
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“The Jewish experience tragically curtailed by evil”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Any visit to Budapest should include the entire Jewish quarter, with the various synagogues, with their interesting interiors and history, the amazingly meaningful and beautiful monuments and art installations that commemorate the Holocaust, and incredible written materials explaining their significance. You must see this--you will never forget it.

Visited April 2013
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“Tucked Away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was a little difficult to find but litle signs lead you through the neighborhood. The exhibit was interactive with audio and video and gut wrenching personal stories if survivors and non-survivors of the Holocaust. Might be good to do at the end of the day as the subject matter of course is heavy and stays with you.

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“Harrowing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

There were a lot of pictures of when the jewish area in Budapest was turned into a jewish ghetto during World war 2. There was a small explanation for each group of pictures. Outside were the mass graves. They had planted some climbing shrubs and trees on and around the graves. A lovely steel sculpture of a weeping willow to symbolise all the lives that had been lost. Worth a visit.

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“It was ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I wasnt that impressed with the exhibit, although I learned a great deal about the Holocaust. If you only have a weekend in Budapest skip it. I wouldnt put this one on the top of my list.

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“Beautiful memorial that emphasizes the Hungarian Jews”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

My friend and I have both been to a lot of Holocaust museums so we were a bit skeptical when we entered. However, we were pleased that the museum emphasizes the history of the Hungarian Jews and Roma specifically. It was an interesting and sobering memorial. Not appropriate for young children or anyone who is not comfortable with highly graphic images of World War II.

Visited April 2013
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