Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)
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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
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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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  • 1sonnybo
    Owens Cross Roads, Alabama335 contributions
    Great art
    We went to this museum not knowing how large it was plan on a mimium of 3 to 4 hours to visit if you only read about half of the displays. If you are the type that reads everything plan all day. The collection is welled displayed and divided by theme. The cost is about $10 for the permanent collection and special exhibit. Well worth the price
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2022
  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom3,953 contributions
    Gallery Greats
    Visited the gallery for the excellent Art Deco exhibition and the permanent collection alike. The National Gallery is in a stunning setting offering the best views over Budapest too. The Art Deco exhibition is about 1 euro extra from the main admissions fee. Therefore, you would be mad not to pay the little extra for a more profound experience. Well worth a look when you are in Budapest.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2022
  • Karyn W
    Kansas City, Missouri1,486 contributions
    amazing art gallery
    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.
    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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    Written April 26, 2020
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Crystal C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates287 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
I recently took my 4 year old daughter here to explore while visiting Budapest last week.
From the outside, the building looks magnificent, especially at night. I had actually thought it was a working palace and did not realize it was their national museum.

We loved the art and found it beautiful. We actually go to museums every place we travel, and I have been to many across the world. This one was fascinating and showcased Hungary from its part up until modern times with some intricate art that told a history, many of us have no idea about.

I really felt this is an absolute must see place if in Budapest. Will come again.
Written December 19, 2022
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Andrea L
Bristol, UK137 contributions
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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Petah Tiqwa, Israel637 contributions
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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Ellie Y
New York City, NY15 contributions
Jan 2023
Located within Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery showcases 19th and 20th century Hungarian paintings as well as medieval altar pieces and even a selection of French Impressionist and Romantic works (e.g. Delacroix, Monet, Manet, Pisarro, Corot, etc).
The collection is astounding. Make sure you go to the gift shop. Towards the back of the gift shop there is an entire new section with a crypt as well as additional altar pieces.
Written January 31, 2023
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Emily W
London, UK196 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited Budapest in August 2019. When I went to the Hungarian National Gallery there was an exhibition of Surrealist art, so I paid the extra ticket price and looked round that as well. There was quite a long queue and wait to buy tickets and get into the museum when I went, but the ticket price was reasonable. The main galleries are of Hungarian art, which I found very interesting to see and learn more about. However, I don't think this would appeal to a typical tourist - this is more of a gallery suited to people who really like seeing and learning about art from different countries.
Written January 26, 2020
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia48,179 contributions
Sep 2022
The Hungarian National Gallery was established in 1957 as the national art museum.

Its in an elevated position in Buda Castle and waterfront and the large green dome can be seen fromsome distance.

Quite an impressive historical building.
Written January 28, 2023
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Jonathan L
New York53 contributions
Aug 2022
It's a lovely place up on Buda Castle. When I went they had a really excellent exhibition of Art Deco posters. However, the permanent collection is mostly composed of work which will not be of a much interest to anyone who's not Hungarian or passionately interested in Hungarian history paintings. Go to the Fine Arts Museum instead. Most art lovers will find that much more appealing. They have a great collection of Old Master paintings, including works by Raphael, El Greco, etc.
Written August 7, 2022
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genibre69
London, UK3,247 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Yes, pricey to enter but IMO worth it. I really enjoyed the pre-Gothic and early Gothic art, sculptures and stands. The other half of the perm collection is devoted to 19th century and some 20th century art which is not my thing for the most part. Spent a couple hours in here.
Photos allowed. Great views from the dome.
Written April 19, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel38,238 contributions
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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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,336 contributions
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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