Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest: Hours, Address, Hungarian National Museum Reviews: 4/5

Hungarian National Museum
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Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
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 history of Hungary and its people through the ages is covered in many magnificent exhibits and works of art. Count Ferenc Széchényi, one of Hungary’s most eminent aristocrats offered his collection of books, maps and medals for the benefit of hisbeloved country in 1802. His example had been followed by many- the Palatine himself, aristocrats, citizens, fellow Hungarians and even some counties! What we call today the Hungarian National Museum had evolved from these donations. The construction of one of the most beautiful classicist palaces of Hungary began in 1837 based on the plans of Mihály Pollack. By 1846, exhibitions had beensetup in the building. On 15th March 1848 the revolutionary youth of the era declared its ideas of freedom from the stairs of the museum. These ideas then formed the basis of societal reforms and modernisation taking place in Hungary.
Suggested duration
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How to get there
  • Kálvin tér • 3 min walk
  • Astoria • 5 min walk
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juhlditte
Budapest, Hungary28 contributions
Not recommended - super unfriendly staff
Oct 2020 • Family
Very dusty museum with few modern technologies to tell the story in an engaging way. The staff was not very helpful, had a non service minded attitude (rude is the right word) - it is hard to believe that they serve tourists with that approach. Not a recommended place to use your time in Budapest!
Written October 30, 2020
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NayiU
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia507 contributions
Amazing Museum
Jul 2020
This is amazing museum which covers the Hungarian history from Roman times to nowadays.
One suggestion ... start on the second floor with Hungarian History I and II. We started from Panopticum (in basement) and when we came to 2nd floor we were quite tired.
Written July 10, 2020
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Lynsey S
West Timperley, UK102 contributions
Mixed experience
Jun 2019 • Friends
The national museum is worth a visit as it has some very interesting exhibits including a large collection of Roman tombstones.
However, most of the staff didn't seem to have much, if English and were quite rude. There were no floor plans available and we almost missed the Roman section, we only spotted it as we went to collect our bags. As we came out we realised we had missed an entire floor out due to the lack of floor plans and signs.
I normally enjoy visiting the national museum but found this one less enjoyable. Also as Hungarian is not widely spoken it might help to have more signs in English or staff who spoke it.
Written May 31, 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Museum Garden
Feb 2020
We were walking the back streets and literally stumbled across the green space that surrounds the neoclassical style, National Museum, the gardens are simply stunning, with plenty of seating, to enjoy the peaceful, tranquility, the space is literally covered in, sculptures/monuments/statues, to admire. The museum garden is definitely worth a visit in its own right.
Written April 25, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Historic treasures in a graceful neoclassical building
Oct 2019
The Hungarian National Museum is in a graceful neoclassical building (by Hungarian architect Mihály Pollack, 1847). A wide staircase leads to the temple-like building; a monumental portico is supported by ten Corinthian columns. The tympanum is decorated with sculptures (by Raffaelo Monti) depicting Pannonia at the center, an allegorical personification of the former province of the Roman Empire. She is surrounded by figures representing the arts and science. Inside, a grand staircase leads to a central rotunda modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The museum has a huge collection of historical relics which is well organized, displayed and curated (signs in Hungarian and English). First floor exhibits trace the history of the Carpathian Basin from earliest times to the arrival of the Magyar tribes in the 9th century. The main collection is on the second floor, covering the period from the tenth century (the start of the Arpád dynasty) to the end of Communism in the twentieth century. Highlights include Celtic gold and silver jewelry, a large 2nd-century Roman mosaic, King St Stephen’s crimson silk coronation mantle, the crown of Constantine IX Monomachos (11th century), an ivory saddle, the child-armor of king Sigismund II, sculpted wooden choir benches from the Late Gothic/Renaissance periods, finely crafted Turkish weapons, and a Broadwood piano used by both Beethoven and Liszt. The museum was founded in 1802, when Count Ferenc Széchényi donated his personal collection of more than 20,000 prints, maps, manuscripts, coins and archaeological finds to the state. The museum is surrounded by a landscaped garden with statues of prominent Hungarians who contributed to the arts, science and literature. The museum is beautifully lit at night and is open 10am-6pm Tue-Sun, with an entry fee of 1600 HUF.
Written March 15, 2020
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Steven Runciman
38 contributions
NATIONAL HISTORY
Feb 2020
If it is only one only museum to visit in the city, this is the one.
Should anyone be interested in Hungary's history , has to spent hours in this one. Tousrism afterall is knowledge.
Written March 9, 2020
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dbeckhamEssex
Stanford-Le-Hope, UK106 contributions
plenty to see
Mar 2020
.Luckily there were a lot of placards in english to describe the exhibts, otherwise headsets are available.The exhibits are over a few floors, and it will take a few hours to look at everything. There are not many places to stop and sit down though if you feel tired. There is a small area for refreshments.
Written March 8, 2020
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Lairyleo
Cambridge, UK69 contributions
A little treasure.
Feb 2020 • Solo
A great museum if you want to know about the nation and the people.
In a lot of capital cities the national museums (or whatever they are called) can be a bit overwhelming and you sort of rush around not soaking anything in.
I'm no buff but i do like history, if your the same you may be suprised at what a major player Hungary was, on and off, over the past thousand years.
Read earlier reviews about the guy who you pay to get in. Wonder if it was him?, i presented my Buddacard and he was obviously crestfallen.
If you are a serious tourist and in town for two days or more, by your Buddacard at the airport. Will save you loads and makes free public transport so easy.
Loved things about treasure since i was a kid so headed straight for the Seuso treasure, magnificent silverware.
The story of Hungary starts in the basemnt and you rise each floor by a few centuries. The top floor is dedicatated to the 20th century. All the information plaques are in Hungarian and English.
As i said, i like a bit of history, i enjoyed myself, spent a couple of hours in there. The next time i go i will pay for the audio tour.
Written March 5, 2020
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Jane R
Livingston69 contributions
Lovely Building - Rude Staff
Feb 2020
My daughter and I visited this museum 26th February from Scotland. When we got to the top of the queue the man serving was so rude. I am 65yrs old but said as Scotland no longer in the EU I wasn’t entitled to a discount! I then handed over 7000 forints for the 5200 cost when he then sighed, rolled his eyes, prodded a box with a few coins and said we had to have correct money. We scraped together the right money while he drummed his fingers and sighed. In all my 65 years of travelling around the world I have never been served by such a rude individual who is a disgrace to his country. The museum was worth a visit on a very wet day and I wouldn’t let my experience put anyone else of.
Written March 5, 2020
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dirk2369
Budapest, Hungary7 contributions
Disappointed
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wow, I can only agree with the last review. Very dissapointed. No communication. And to top it was made to feel like we were trying to pull a fast one.
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Written March 3, 2020
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