Museum of Ethnography
Museum of Ethnography
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Museum of Ethnography in Budapest is an important specialised museum at European level. Now, with the inauguration of its new building in 2022, it has become one of the most modern ethnographic museums in the world. Besides its collection of around 225,000 ethnographic objects, the museum’s holdings include exceptional photographic and film materials, manuscripts, and folk music recordings. Alongside priceless relics of Hungarian folk culture, the museum houses the biggest collection in the region of ethnographic objects representing the folk cultures of distant continents. Dating from the 17th century to the present, these objects illustrate everyday life, human existence, and community relationships in their myriad different forms.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Hősök tere • 5 min walk
  • Bajza utca • 8 min walk
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  • Josh
    Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the coolest buildings I have ever seen!
    Great museum and incredible incorporation of the monument for the revolution. The architecture is awesome and the idea to add even more greenery on the roof is great and suits the projects ideas perfectly. Great use of Magyar patterns on the side and just a really interesting building as a whole. Unfortunately it is closed on Mondays so I didn’t get a good look at the upstairs exhibits.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2023
  • John Dee
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning building and great conceptual Museum
    The building is incredible. Looks like a ship with a grass deck. It is very modern and something different from the architecture of the city. The exhibits are very interesting, not only for the artefacts, but also because there is a perspective on Ethnography that one rarely reads about. The exhibit called "Zoom" has an entire wall covered with 365 incredibly poignant photos of human beings from all over the World. This is a touch-on type of exhibit that allows the viewer to "enter" into the world of Ethnography. In the exhibit "We have arrived" there are exquisite Hungarian felt capes completely embroidered, photos of old Hungary, and other pieces of what one may call "folk" Art. It is worth visiting. It takes from 2 to 3 hours and it has discounts for visitors who are over 60 (or 65). There is a bookshop, a gift shop and a little cafe'.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Francesco D.
    Udine, Italy335 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    For lovers of the genre
    Budapest has now a new home for the Ethnographic Museum in the heart of the city's Városliget. This is a modern-style structure, designed by the architect Ferencz Marcel, with undulating shapes that simulate two hills, above which there is a hanging garden. Inside, enthusiasts of the genre can admire numerous exhibits relating to the uses and customs of the Hungarian people, with their different traditions and ethnic groups. In addition to these, there are numerous vintage photos, furnishings, clothes, tools of peasant life from the 18th century to the First World War. Alongside Hungarian traditions, there are also spaces dedicated to other European, Asian, African and world cultures.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Katie C
    Helston, United Kingdom34 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poorly designed walkways around roof
    Really cool building, good photo opportunities but lethal metal steps taking you up around the roof. For some reason they slope as you get to the top so on a slightly rainy day, the metal grids that are presumably meant to be anti slip become lethal. I'm 40 and fit but came a cropper when carefully making my way down in trainers and with no handrail, landed heavily and cut and bruised my leg and hip. Really weirdly poor design in a modern architectural building.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2023
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Csilla B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Huge building with very little actual content or functioning elements. Only one ticket desk was working in the entire building, obviously with huge queues, ticket printer did not print. Show rooms are very tiny and no information is provided. I went to see a particular exhibition on headscarf wearing around the world. Major disappointment, only a single digital wall with photos and 3-4 actual scarfs exhibited. No explanation on scarf wearing, no historical or geographical, ethnographic background. On the huge corridor the only exhibit is a long wall of pottery. It is acutally quite impressive but there is absolutely no information on the articles (what they are, from when and where). No signs, labels, QR codes, nothing. Elevator was not working, staff is trained to give cliché answers (this was not built to be a museum but a cultural space). For a space, it is a cement monument, looks empty in many respect.
Written January 7, 2023
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Otto L
Odense, Denmark1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The museum itself was very interesting, and i enjoyed the exhibition as well as the Green Roof, but the overall experience was ruined by the extremely unpleasant encounter I had with a certain red-haired, glasses-wearing, middle-aged receptionist, who was very rude and outright hostile towards my asian friend for no reason whatsoever. Her demeanor changed completely when interacting with him, belittling and talking to him as if he was stupid. Most disgustingly of all, after having given him his ticket, when we both had our backs turned, I heard her utter under her breath something about "koronavirus patkany" (COVID animal/rat). I'm genuinely in disbelief that such blatant racism is tolerated in a public institution like this, it can't be the first time that this woman behaves like this. It really ruined the overall experience for both of us, my friend found a bathroom to cry in, and we decided to leave shortly after. Both my friend and I are honestly still somewhat in shock about the experience, and despite trying to get in contact with the museum management to report the incident, I have yet to receive a response.
Written July 9, 2023
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emmajem
Beijing, China29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
So disappointing! A massive space with very few of the museum’s tens of thousands of objects on display. An array of ceramics from around the world with no explanatory notes, a display of disparate items from different periods around the world thrown together, a wall of photographs of people from various cultures and periods, a few decorated salt boxes and not much else. The staff member told me to scan the QR code to get information but this requires downloading an app which requires data because there’s no free wifi. Don’t expect to learn anything about traditional Hungarian culture. Apparently that’s all in storage until next year. Not sure why the museum is even open yet.
Written October 18, 2023
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Borka B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The openness and spaciousness of the new museum building provide plenty of opportunities for everyone to meet and take part in activities. The exhibitions are very varied and there is something for everyone. The museum staff were very helpful. And the roof garden offers a really beautiful view. You have to be careful with the stairs, but there are lifts, the whole building (except the roof garden) is accessible.
Written October 28, 2022
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Edit G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A brand new and amazing building with exciting exhibitions inside. It offers more than "just" ethnography. I really loved the ceramic exhibition with about 3000 objects from all over the world and from different eras. The restaurant offers vegetarian food which was great. The gift shop has far more exciting handmade products than the usual tourist shops. I think it's a must to visit. :)
Written November 10, 2022
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Josh
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Great museum and incredible incorporation of the monument for the revolution. The architecture is awesome and the idea to add even more greenery on the roof is great and suits the projects ideas perfectly. Great use of Magyar patterns on the side and just a really interesting building as a whole. Unfortunately it is closed on Mondays so I didn’t get a good look at the upstairs exhibits.
Written April 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Francesco D.
Udine, Italy335 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Budapest has now a new home for the Ethnographic Museum in the heart of the city's Városliget. This is a modern-style structure, designed by the architect Ferencz Marcel, with undulating shapes that simulate two hills, above which there is a hanging garden.
Inside, enthusiasts of the genre can admire numerous exhibits relating to the uses and customs of the Hungarian people, with their different traditions and ethnic groups. In addition to these, there are numerous vintage photos, furnishings, clothes, tools of peasant life from the 18th century to the First World War.
Alongside Hungarian traditions, there are also spaces dedicated to other European, Asian, African and world cultures.
Written August 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Katie C
Helston, UK34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Really cool building, good photo opportunities but lethal metal steps taking you up around the roof. For some reason they slope as you get to the top so on a slightly rainy day, the metal grids that are presumably meant to be anti slip become lethal. I'm 40 and fit but came a cropper when carefully making my way down in trainers and with no handrail, landed heavily and cut and bruised my leg and hip. Really weirdly poor design in a modern architectural building.
Written December 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This special brand new building (May 2022) is in harmony with its surroundings. As I know it’s one of the most modern designed building in Europe. We climbed up lots of stairs to get the top of the slope and enjoyed the beautiful view. Outside there was an interactive folk dance show, and inside we saw model of Liget project. I think it’s a must-see attraction.
Written August 14, 2022
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Viktor S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The building its nice and modern with so much possibilities which is not used unfortunately. Huge empty rooms, without any content. The permanent etnography exhibithion is only one small room several old things eithout eny explanations. They opened but the etnography exhibition is missing. Its not cheap. I’m dissapointed.
Written October 7, 2023
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