Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

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Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)
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Art Galleries • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Hungarian National Gallery moved to the Buda Palace in 1975. It is the largest public collection to present the history of Hungarian fine art, and currently includes 110,000 artworks. Permanent exhibitions show outstanding pieces, such as the medieval wooden sculptures and paintings of the Old Hungarian Collection, a selection of 19th-century Hungarian art, or the works of Mihály Munkácsy. Other permanent exhibitions are Modern Times, presenting the art of the period between the Millennium (1896) and World War II, Shifts – Hungarian Art after 1945, and the collection of the International Art after 1800, which was previously on display at the Museum of Fine Arts. For our current and upcoming temporary exhibitions, see our website. The highest point of the Palace, the Dome of the Gallery offers an incredible view on the capital. The Dome can be visited during opening hours, depending on weather conditions.
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Neighborhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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Melissa D
Denver, CO289 contributions
Beautiful collection, well worth the time
Jan 2020
So much amazing artwork and sculptures! The Hungarian art really gave a stronger understanding of the proud Hungarian culture. There were so many fantastic pieces that it would be difficult to pick a favorite, although we kept coming back to one of the paintings that was so realistic it looked like a photograph. When we visited, there was also a large collection of church ornamentation that was fascinating to see up close.
Written December 7, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you very much for your comment. You have been one of the last fortunate visitor who had access to our collection. Hope to see you back soon,
Written December 15, 2020
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands682 contributions
Wonderful museum
Dec 2019
There is only one word to describe the museum: wonderful. Immense, with a huge amount of works of art. The museum structure is also very beautiful.
Written November 30, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you very much for your comment. Hope to see all of you very soon after the reopening.
Written December 4, 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel29,425 contributions
A fantastic art museum!
Feb 2020
This is a fantastic art museum with paintings, sculptures, photos and other exhibits from Hungarian and other artists.
Located within the Buda castle, the permanent exhibition is more than enough to satisfy your artistic appetite, but we also visited the temporary exhibit about the Shoaa (The Holocaust), which was wonderful, as well.
Ticket for all the exhibitions is apx. 11USD.
You need 2-3 hours to fully explore the museum.
Highly recommended.
Written September 13, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you very much for your comment. We hope to see you soon in Budapest.
Written October 21, 2020
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Samuel B-M
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Marvellous Collection Of Hungarian Art Work
Sep 2019
Covering four floors of the historic Buda Castle, the Magyar Nemzeti Galeria's collection of Hungarian art ranges from the 11th century to the present. Be prepared to find an eclectic variety of works ranging from: 19th and 20th Century Paintings, Sculptures and Medals, Prints and Drawings, Contemporary Art, and International Art after 1800.
The art gallery is open from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday to Sunday,
Written July 20, 2020
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Thank you very much for your comment, hope to see you back soon and by then, we'll have a temporary exhibit, as well.
Written September 4, 2020
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Lynsey S
West Timperley, UK102 contributions
Worth cisiting
Jun 2019 • Friends
Part of Buda castle, this art gallery, over 4 floors has an extensive collection of paintings and other objects including an incredibly well preserved medieval shoe.
Written May 31, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you very much for your comment. See you next time!
Written September 4, 2020
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Karyn W
Kansas City, MO1,427 contributions
amazing art gallery
Jun 2019
On our first day in Budapest we had walked by this building and found it was closed already. We made sure to return on another day. We were glad we did, it's an impressive collection of art.

There was a really cool exhibit of photographs that spanned a huge time period. The photos were provided by people in the country, not necessarily professional, but they spoke so much about life in general. I really enjoyed this exhibit.

The entire museum is composed of 4 sort of halls and there are 4 levels to the building. There is Gothic art, art from the renaissance, baroque art, fine arts from the 1800s, sculptures, art between 1900 and WWII, and even some art from 1945 to now.

Most of the art is by Hungarian artists and honestly I didn't recognize most of the names of the artists, but that doesn't detract from the creations included in this collection. There are some lovely paintings, cool triptychs, and thought provoking sculptures. I did recognize a Paul Cezanne piece. Some pieces were made from metal or wood and they were very unique.

This museum houses a lot of great art. There is a gift shop and even a special exhibit off the side of the gift shop to see more pieces (you have to show your entrance admission to get in). The building itself is pretty impressive. It is located in the Royal Palace of the Buda Castle and has been there since 1975.

The museum opens daily at 10 am. You can buy tickets until 5 pm, the shop and cafe close at 5:45 pm and the museum closes at 6pm. They have maps in several languages and they offer an audio guide in English for their permanent collection as well as a smartphone app. I highly recommend this gallery.
Written April 26, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you for your detailed description and hopefully we are gonna be able to reopen anytime soon.
Written May 5, 2020
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel637 contributions
Wide range exhibition, beautifully arranged
Mar 2020
The full price of the entrance is 3200 HUF, so we bought a Budapest Card for 24 hours - entered 2 museums and had a full day public transport for free.
We came around 11:30, and there was no line (maybe 2 people) - you still have to pass at the cash desk to get you tickets for free, introducing Budapest Card.
The exhibition covers large period of time and large variety of styles - come not hungry and not tired.
I don't know if it was temporary or permanent, but almost in every room was a pair of dolls, usually designed accordingly to the room subject, which was absolutely adorable.
Some pity that I realised you can take a pictures, but without flash, so started to photograph only on the second floor.
Definitely must for art lovers, and outside views of the Danube is also stunning.
Written March 14, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you so much for your comment. You just got here in time! Hope to reopen soon!
Written March 19, 2020
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,268 contributions
Enrichment
Feb 2020 • Solo
My spectrum of well known world artists and their works got wider due to Hungarian masters and their masterpieces after visiting this Gallery.
One should take the time to get aquatinted with Hungarian fine arts and sculptures.
It was not in my case, walking uphill to the Gallery caused some distraction due to amazing panoramic view of Budapest.
Written February 29, 2020
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Thank you a lot for your comment! Hope to see you soon.
Written March 6, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Superb collection of Hungarian art in the historic Royal Palace
May 2019
The Hungarian National Gallery (a.k.a. Magyar Nemzeti Galéria) covers four floors and four wings of the former Royal Palace. Its outstanding collection of Hungarian art dates from the 11th century and includes several genres (e.g., ceramics, paintings, sculpture, wood carvings) across a wide range of time (e.g., Medieval, Renaissance, Gothic art, Baroque and modern). The largest collections include medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wooden sculptures, panel paintings and late-Gothic winged altars. The collection of Hungarian paintings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries is usually popular. Since 1975 the collection has been housed in the opulent former royal residence (dating back to the 14th century). The museum can be overwhelming. Some advice:
-- You can't see it all, so pick a focus (e.g., artist, time period, genre)
-- Wear comfortable shoes
-- Ticket lines can be long, so arrive early in the day (before the tour buses)
-- An audio guide is available in several languages
-- Agree on a meeting place and time and split up (everyone will find their interest)
-- For those who find art museums boring, there is a very nice cafe and a large museum shop
-- Weather permitting, you can buy an extra ticket to access the dome, which offers superb views in all directions.
-- The museum's web site has information about temporary exhibits

The National Gallery is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm (last admission), and the building closes at 6pm. The entry fee in 1800 HUF, and an audio guide rental is 800 HUF.
Written February 17, 2020
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Dear Carol, thank you very much for your detailed description and comment. You did very well study our collection. One small correction; the full price of the permanent exhibit is 3200 HUF. We are glad that you had a great time!
Written March 6, 2020
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Andrea L
Bristol, UK123 contributions
Huge displays but huge waiting time to get in
Feb 2020 • Friends
Waited 30 mins to get in to the gallery and then need to wait again to get tickets. We noticed a sign inside that meant we were able to access tickets faster in a small line as we had brought Budapest cards so we could access most visitors sights. The downside is that you can not access temporary displays you must pay more. We were also told we had to take our coats off and put them in the clock room (it’s free) There are displays but sadly a lot you need to pay extra for. Some amazing art and something for everyone. We used the cafe for coffee and lunch. It was very nice. Recommend the goulash soup.
Written February 9, 2020
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Dear Visitor, thank you for the comment.
Written March 6, 2020
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