Shoah Cellar
Shoah Cellar
2.5
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“SHOAH CELLAR” Museum in the memory of the first Israeli paratrooper Hannah Senesh – the first and only shoah cellar in the world, located in authentic Nazi bunker. It is located in an incredible unique location, where few dramatic events took place in the 18th - 20th century. Come and visit this moving and exciting museum.
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Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Astoria • 4 min walk
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 7 min walk
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2.5
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ZivaBergman
London, UK82 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
Avner Friedman
My my what an experience ... this is not one those fancy flashy exhibit. It’s a small intellectual place which opens your mind to think about the historical chapters of that era.
The exhibit is one of its kind. Set in the quarters of Eichmann’s cell.
There are few sections in the exhibit.
The first one, is of pictures from the war time of people. It brought chills to my spine. The expression of people killing other fellow humans... well I’ll leave it for you to see with your own eyes.
The second part is an another artistic piece , pictures of Jewish twins killed and some who survived miraculously. You look at the baby cot there with the strings doesn’t tweek your mind till you sit on the chairs and the shadows projected on the wall blow your mind away. The strings , the cot , the pictures. I won’t say more as you should experience this with your imagination.
The next section showcases master pieces by another artist. They stir your heart.
There is a little cell which was used to hold Jewish people as prisoners and for questioning.
The opposite room was Eichmann’s office.
Some original paper work set on his desk.
The last hall has a tribute to Chagall’s work done for the Synagogue in Israel. The artist has made one piece each for the 12 tribes of Israel and one for the daughter Dinah.
The passage of the hallway has pictures and literature about the Israeli paratrooper Hannah .
Once the tour finished we had time to discuss and share thoughts with the curator , Mr Friedman and the fellow visitors.
He invited us back to the place for the 6pm movie night.
Regarding the money I paid a fraction of what I usually pay to see exhibits of this standard. Plus for the first time I was greeted by the curator of the exhibit himself.
If there is one place you wish to put on your bucket list - please visit this place.
To life
L’chaim.
Ayesha Kafira Eretz Stern Haque
Written December 19, 2018
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aldebaran1981
Pecel, Hungary6 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
This is not an official, real museum but a tourist trap. It also doesn't have any ventillation or fire escape.
Written August 31, 2018
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Edinaschon
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Small cellar right next to the Dohany synagogue in the heart of Budapest Jewish district. The guide takes 7-10€ for a visit and shows you nothing but fake photos and info about the cellar itself, and Budapest. Stories that have never happened Please don't waste you money here!
Written August 14, 2018
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Kirill S
2 contributions
Aug 2018
The presentation was not good. Not worth the hour of listening to the ‘curator’ if you can call him that.
Written August 13, 2018
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Nora M
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
It is a great example of history forgery: Eichman had no bunker at the corner of the ghetto but had houses as headquarters. The gave no bill. They show nothing expect a blurred cellar with some ugly photos.
Written August 13, 2018
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eriol58
8 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
I came to this museum the third time and they keep the momentum. Do not miss the new exhibition "The Banaliy of Evil with a very unique confontation not only with Hannah Erendt but also with the awful phenomn of orchestras in the holocaust all round the deeath camps in Europe under the Nazis. They forced the Jews to play when their brothers were sent to the gas chambers/
Written August 7, 2018
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MM8803
Killingworth, CT477 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
The Shoah Cellar is a small exhibit located right next to the exit of the Dohany Street Synagogue. It is pretty tempting to go right inside. I would hardly call this a museum but it was interesting. The Shoah Cellar doesn’t accept credit cards but I didn’t think the 10 euro was outrageous.There is a big emphasis on the glass artwork of one of the owners which is quite lovely but it’s not what I went there to see.
Written July 28, 2018
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Beverley Y
Haifa, Israel26 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We took a guided tour of the place with Avner, the curator, who is extremely knowledgeable. It was very interesting and moving. Then we watched the movie and learned so much. It is awful to think how the Jews in Hungary were almost saved from the holocaust but were murdered at the very last minute.
This is an important place to visit.
Written July 26, 2018
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jacobhershko44
Goleta, CA1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Couples
This "museum" is nothing more than an art exhibit and a scam. For 7 euros I was able to watch a 30 minute video about the life of a Hungarian Jew and their experience in the Holocaust. After the video, there was simply glass art exhibits that had no real connection to the Holocaust whatsoever. I expected a museum, not some 5th grade art project.

There is no reason ANYONE should have to pay this much money for such a lackluster experience. Save that money and go buy yourself something nice, the owner of this "museum" doesn't deserve any money.

I can simply watch the video online FOR FREE if I wanted to. I expected so much more, such a shame.
Written June 17, 2018
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Rachel G
Jerusalem, Israel3 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Price is expensive and “museum” is more of an art gallery showcasing the owner’s own artwork. There are better ways to spend money and time exploring Jewish history in Budapest. We left with a feeling of being taken advantage of and would not recommend to anyone else.
Written June 6, 2018
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