Museum of Music History

Museum of Music History, Budapest: Hours, Address, Museum of Music History Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Music History
4.5
Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located in the magnificent Baroque surroundings of the Erdody Palace, this specialty museum traces the history of musical life in Budapest from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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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.
How to get there
  • Batthyány tér • 7 min walk
  • Széll Kálmán tér • 9 min walk
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Lynsey S
West Timperley, UK102 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a great museum about the history of Hungarian music and instruments and their manufacture. The museum is only small but there is a lot in it.
I think it's easily missed as it's slightly hidden away beyond Matthias Church, which is sad.
Written May 31, 2020
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Elaine S
Huntingdon, UK33 contributions
Jan 2020
We found this while walking around the castle site. Very interesting museum and information was provided in English. Fascinating collection of instruments to view
Written January 24, 2020
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John B
Wokingham, UK59 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Despite this museum being near our hotel, nobody seemed to have heard of it. We asked our tour guide - not a clue. We asked at the information desk in the National Gallery - we were sent in totally the wrong direction. When a helpful person in the Hungarian History Museum finally put us right, we arrived to find a very quiet and secluded museum where we were warmly welcomed. An excellent few rooms included a whole exhibition on Zoltan Kodály - or Kodály Zoltan, as they say in these parts. Well worth a visit.
Written May 5, 2019
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Paul B
Bracknell, UK163 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Situated almost next door to a more illustrious tourist attraction St. Matthias's church, this smallish museum is a wonderful exhibition of music influences through the ages in Hungary. With working instruments and laptops playing hi quality sounds, it is an hour well spent on the tourist trail. No need for guides because the staff are really helpful and knowledgeable. You may even get a musical performance thrown in.
Written October 7, 2017
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rlzCt_Usa
CT, USA89 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
This museum is a nice place to visit for many reasons. The entrance fee is low, the staff is friendly, there are a lot of interesting and typical Hungarian instruments to see and people are allowed to play some instruments in one of the back rooms. My sister, who is a music teacher, and I visited and we were the only people in the museum in July. When the tourist hordes are at other Castle District area museums with much higher entry fees, this is a nice hands-on place to visit in a pleasant area of the Castle District that is often overlooked. The museum does have some information to read in English and a woman working there will play audio recordings/examples of the instruments. This can easily be combined with a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion.
Written March 2, 2015
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PrincipessaTurandot
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary4 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
Museum is situated on the Castle Hill, at Táncsics Mihály utca 7, just 200 meters from The Fishermen's Bastion and Saint-Trinity Square with Matthias Church. Currently the exhibitions occupy eight rooms which are respectively:

1. Folk Musical Instruments in Hungary
2. Bartók the Folklorist
3. Salon of Medals and badges
4. Historical Musical Instruments in Hungary
5. László Lajtha Memorial Exhibition
6. Famous László Lajtha Music Salon brought from his flat at Váci utca.
7. Historical instruments to play on - cimbalom, two pianos, zithers and clavichord
8. Franz Liszt, a series of posters prepared by Maria Eckhardt

All of the exhibitions have a multimedial setting as well. The visitors can listen to the recordings of the exposed instruments and many unique sound documents. A major part of the exposed prints, letters, notes, pictures and other materials are originals owned by the institute. They organize concerts as well for pre-booked groups which all visitors are welcome to join. Concerts are held in the exceptional Béla Bartók Music Hall with a breathtaking panorama of the Pest side and Parliament. In the Hall there is a concert piano owned by Bartók during his Budapest years and made especially for him.

The exhibitions are open to explore individually or with guides (in Hungarian, English, German, Italian or Polish language).

A must for a music lover and anyone interested in Hungarian culture!
Written July 5, 2013
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westy54
Sydney, Australia7,367 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This museum is located in an historical palace building about 200 metres from Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill in the direction of the Vienna Gate. The museum's exhibits only occupy 8 rooms of varying sizes on the ground floor. There are no steps.

Each of the 8 rooms are dedicated to different musical periods, musicians or instruments. The focus is on Hungarian music from Gypsy music to folk music to the compositions of Liszt. Entry was HUF600 (EUR2).

When we visited there were exhibitions focusing on Bartok, Kodaly and Hungarian folk music as well as Franz Liszt and the Hungarian violin makers, the Remenyi Family.
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The various rooms were chock full of numerous musical instruments including period pianos, violins and other string instruments as well as letters, notes, sheet music, scores, programmes and other original materials. Some of the exhibits were also labelled in English and had multimedia settings such that you could listen to how the instrument or recordings sounded. There was also a small room created to resemble a violin maker's workshop.

We were lucky enough to be there when a small tour group arrived to see a prearranged concert by two very accomplished music students. The pianist played three solo pieces and accompanied the soprano in three arias. An unexpected bonus.

Worth a visit if you are interested in music and the development of musical instruments.
Written December 14, 2018
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Ali S
Bursa, Turkey287 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This is a beautiful museum near Mathias Church-in walking distance- musical instruments are exhibited.and if you know playing piano,there is an amazing piano to play.
Written June 5, 2018
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SKQ
Virginia119 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Excellent museum--highly recommended! If you're a musician or music lover, this museum is worth a visit! Plan to spend at least an hour here. It's a short walk from the major sights in Obuda, but it's tucked off a side street. Be sure to Google the name of the museum in Hungarian so you won't miss it when you walk by, as "Museum of Music History" is not on the sign!
Written December 28, 2017
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Izzy B
Siquijor Island, Philippines201 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
The central gallery with instruments were impressive as was the information about Bartok and his contemporaries. Would have liked to have heard more musical examples however particularly of Haydn and Liszt.
Written July 17, 2016
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Museum of Music History is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM