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
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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The area
Address
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
Really interestinv
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
Fascinating
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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Eleonora
4 contributions
Really nice! I recommend it!
Oct 2019 • Couples
The museum is relatively small but full of interesting exhibitions. Would recommend it for everyone, already at the very beginning there's a lot of works of figurative art with references to Hungarian music and also English-language explanations.
Written October 17, 2019
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B W
Midlothian, VA1,648 contributions
Specialty museum
Sep 2019 • Couples
Traces the history of Hungarian music with emphasis on Bartok and other world class composers. About 8 rooms filled with paintings, mementoes, and lots of historic instruments. The exhibit includes brass, strings, and woodwinds. You can see the rooms in a very short period of time so if you are looking to fill a slot in your schedule and you are interested in music, this is a fine way to spend some time.
Written September 24, 2019
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John B
Wokingham, UK59 contributions
A hidden gem
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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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,597 contributions
Wonderful little museum showcasing Hungarian music from the 18th century to the present day.
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
Must visit
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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Nikole Natali
35 contributions
Unexpected find!
May 2018 • Couples
I didn't know that this museum even existed and, as a music student, I thoroughly enjoyed this surprise find. The beautiful instruments displayed, the history depicted, and the enthnomusicological journey of the museum was both interesting and stimulating. I would have wished to be able to listen to more music, however, as being a non-native Hungarian, I am not familiar with the Hungarian folk music discussed.
Written May 16, 2018
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account2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga100 contributions
No folk music to listen to
May 2018
They have several rooms devoted to words about collecting Hungarian folk music, but no chance to hear any of it. There is one interactive terminal, but that just does classical instruments. A music museum without sound is very dry, and I shot round in 20 minutes and left disappointed. No real detail on Liszt or Barton’s musical life either.
Written May 15, 2018
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SKQ
Virginia119 contributions
Excellent Museum!
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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Museum of Music History is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM