Hungarian National Museum
Hungarian National Museum
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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
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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.
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  • Kálvin tér • 3 min walk
  • Astoria • 5 min walk
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Sasha-and-Rachel
Sydney, Australia96 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
In short, this is a worthwhile museum with great exhibits and artefacts. The only thing that put us off was the uninviting mood from the young woman selling tickets. She blamed us for not telling her which tickets we wanted, then sulked as she changed the tickets (she assumed that because we are tourists, that would wouldn't want to see the special exhibitions and firstly charged us for the permanent collection). She also didn't tell us that if we wanted to take photos, we would need a permit. So we ended up having to go back to her after we dropped our bags off ... And again, we wasted time in line, which is saying something when the line was really short and we were in it for close to 20 min. This was on a Saturday, so perhaps she was just in a bad mood ... which sadly she put my husband and I in too.
Written July 30, 2022
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dylanmagill1
Ballymena, UK87 contributions
Aug 2022
The museum itself contains a wealth of interesting objects and displays, including but not limited to - a piano played by both Beethoven and Liszt, the glasses and prison cell door of Imre Nagy and a reconstruction of Janos Kadar's office.

However, some of the museum staff were rather rude and unhelpful and the museum itself isn't very well laid out.

Also, you have to purchase a special photo ticket in order to take any photos, but you aren't actually informed of this when buying your ticket. Fortunately for me, only a guard about halfway through our time in the museum actually cared to enforce this so we were able to take photos up until then.
Written September 8, 2022
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neil j
Aix-en-Provence, France78 contributions
Jun 2022
Who i can explain, the really amazing shock that this experience delivered me ! this is my longuest visit to an European museum more than 5 Hours and what experience that was. From my point of view it should be the starting point of each every trip. How can we understand an country their citizens without knowing their history ! It's the place to be.
First the place downtown in the Historic district, an Roman building with magnifics pillars, The interior is of a cleanliness level rarely achieved in a public building. The lobby is breaking style with the rest of the building, with an contemporain style, ther is an cute coffe with Swedish style, after this point you got into the history of this great nation. From the creation of the country to today, it is an incredible journey between the different eras, with clear explanations and lot of descriptions, even though the museum has a classic pattern of non-technical animation, the scenography of the times presented like paintings and the wealth of the objects presented both in their qualities and in their quantities make it possible to record a totally immersive and non-invasive journey for the tourist.Exceptional pieces and large historical pieces will delight history buffs and the curious. It is a must visit to better appreciate your stay in HUNGARY.

Have nice trip and enjoy stay at BUDAPEST, best wish
Written January 7, 2023
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GeorgeBanc
Budapest, Hungary1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
I came here to get my history fix during my visit to Budapest. I saw it on recommended on Lonely Planet stating it gave a wide range of Hungarian History all the way up to the end of Communism. When we arrived, there was no clear instruction on where to go. After asking the first desk we saw, we were told the prices of 1450 HUF for Students and sent to the cashier desk. We were met by a rude cashier man. Who didnt even greet us as we walked up to the desk. After a short discussion with little words exchanged. He informed us we couldn’t have a student ticket as we were English. Where he referred to us as the words ‘Brexit’ and ‘Non-European’. We didnt query this too much and happily paid the adult price of 2900 HUF. But were overall upset about the poor customer service and poor manners of the cashier who could have dealt with our situation much better and friendlier. Once in the museum we felt very watched, with multiple security guards and museum staff following us from room to room. With one even questioning our nationality in a distasteful manner as if we were causing a problem for them. Along with this, they continuously asked for our tickets in majority of rooms we entered despite the museum mostly operating in a one way system thus meaning theres no way we could have entered without tickers previously. Overall, our experience felt very uncomfortable, unwelcoming and untrusting.

On the other hand, as a history student who specialises in 20th century Eastern Europe I found the early history very interesting with an amazing variety of artefacts. However, the 20th century history felt twisted and covered up with interesting takes on the events and build up to WW2 and I couldn’t see much on the Hungarian uprising! To add to this you had to pay extra for the permission to take photos so left with nothing to show for our visit.

For the price you pay this could be an amazing experience and informative but unfortunately our experience was made difficult and uncomfortable because we were British despite us showing a genuine interest into the Hungarian history and culture.
Written August 13, 2022
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Ria A
United Kingdom7 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited the museum recently. Firstly, I want to say that the actual collection is good, the interior is pretty and you do learn about Hungarian history. However, I definitely would not visit again because it has some of the worst staff ever in a museum I've visited. The first issue was the main entrance was closed (which is fine as long as it is clear where to go in instead) but there was literally no signage outside the museum on where to go and no staff were able to help us. Eventually we found a side door which apparently was the temporary entrance (but said staff only on it which was confusing) and then went on a trek through the museum trying to find the ticket desk which was signposted but rather confusingly so we mistook the cloak room for the ticket desk (up the stairs to the left if you were confused like we were. Once we did eventually find the ticket desk the man on it was incredibly rude. He didn't say hello back or smile and when we tried to pay he just kept rolling his eyes as if it was a massive annoyance for him. He gave us our tickets and turned away, no offer of any information about where we should go or any galleries that were available. Most of the other staff around the museum were similarly miserable. This ruined the experience for us so would recommend to people to give this museum a miss unless you don't mind feeling really unwelcome.
Written February 11, 2020
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colinfharrison
Huddersfield, UK23 contributions
Oct 2022
What really interests me about Hungary is that their language is not slavic like those in neighbouring countries. It is more related to Finnish or Sami.
I have a slipped disc and use sticks to walk. It is painful to stand for too long and stairs are very painful. I could not have picked a worse place to visit.
The entry is via a flight of 30 steps to the front door. To leave your coat in the cloakroom you then have to descend a spiral set of stairs. I asked if there was a lift. The answer was it was only for staff. I was led there by a member of staff up a small flight of steps and then down another flight.
I then had to go up in the lift again to get to the archaeological exhibition, which was up a flight of steps! In the exhibition, there was no space to sit, which meant standing to a long time to read the boards.
After an hour of discomfort, I was unable to see any other sections of the museum and left.
Although the EU has laws about disabled access, it does not seem to have reached Hungary yet.
Written November 4, 2022
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RSDS
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
It was the 1° time I was intimidated in a museum. They failed to inform at the ticket desk that a exclusive ticket to take pictures was necessary. My visit was going well until the security guard approached me. What an embarrassing situation.
It was possible to buy this complement, yes. However, I was at the second floor, my wallet in the underground cloakeoom and the ticket desk at the ground floor. Why bother.
I just lost interest in what the museum was showing. Dear Museum directors please train your staff better or include the photo ticket in the total price.
Written February 26, 2020
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Jane R
Livingston75 contributions
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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Archie M
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Shocking experience. We didn’t see any exhibitions. We got sold a student ticket that’s only valid for Hungarian and eu people, even after he asked where we are from and I said that we are English he still sold me the ticket even though it’s not valid. The guards didn’t let us even enter any rooms before kicking us out as our ticket wasn’t valid for us “english” people. Very discriminatory. Also walked in with many bags and was then told to leave the room as we have bags. Very weird experience and just left out of disgust.. never returning and don’t go if you are english! Clearly a Hungarian only musuem. Rude staff
Written September 21, 2022
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Emily W
London, UK196 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited Budapest in August 2019. The Hungarian National Museum was close to my hotel and I really enjoy museums so I went to visit it. I thought overall the museum was OK but not great, and if you're a foreign tourist I wouldn't particularly recommend going here, unless you've got spare time, or you need an indoor activity on a rainy day - it wasn't a highlight. Not all of the exhibitions and galleries have English translations - there was a temporary exhibition on when I went that was definitely only in Hungarian. I found the prehistoric galleries on the lower level a bit 'meh', and then on the upper levels it was the history of Hungary from medieval through to the 20th century, and some of that was better - I did enjoy some of the rooms and items. If you really like history museums, you might think it worthwhile, but for an 'average' tourist, I don't think you'll enjoy it enough.
Written January 12, 2020
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