Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)

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Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)

Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok)
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12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Built in 1895, this art and culture center exhibits the works of modern-day Hungarian and international artists and showcases a variety of plays, films and concerts throughout the year.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Hősök tere • 2 min walk
  • Állatkert • 6 min walk
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MarriedAnd-Over-50
Mission, Canada1,211 contributions
A great looking building
Aug 2019
Located right across from Heroes Square this is fantastic looking building that displays works of modern Hungarian and International Artists.

You can't miss it when you visit Heroe's Square.

Worth entering for any exhibition. I liked it very much
Written April 22, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Graceful neo-Classical palace with contemorary art exhibits
May 2019
The Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok) is a contemporary art museum on the southeast side of Hero's Square. The neo-Classical building (architects Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herczog) was completed in 1896 for the millennium celebrations. Standing in Hero's Square, I admired its graceful Greek Revival portico: six columns surmounted by a pediment with a colorful mosaic of St. Istvan (the patron saint of fine art). Inside, large exhibition rooms were decorated in neo-Classical style, with tall ceilings and soft light from skylights. The Palace of Exhibitions is run by the Hungarian Academy of Arts; it does not have a permanent collection. It offers temporary exhibits of contemporary Hungarian and international fine art (check the web site for what is current ). The palace has a bookshop, library, and the Műcsarnok Café overlooking the square. The building is beautifully it at night. The Palace of Exhibitions is open 10am to 6pm daily Tues to Sun, except Thurs, noon to 8pm, with an entry fee of 800 HUF (discount for students, educators, senior citizens ).
Written March 6, 2020
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Terralee P
Long Beach, CA425 contributions
Note: No permanent collection
Feb 2020 • Family
The Palace of arts next to Heroes Square is a gorgeous building - it is important to note that it has no permanent exhibitions. So, what it there to see will always be changing. The building itself is not terribly large, so if what is currently on exhibition is of interest, you could probably see it in less than a couple of hours.
Written February 26, 2020
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Andrea L
Bristol, UK123 contributions
The displays were ok but not my kind of art
Feb 2020 • Friends
We brought Budapest cards so we could access most visitors sights. The displays were all photographs which wasn’t to my taste. But that’s the beauty of art we all like different. The ballet display was nice and the photographs were very clear. Staff were unhelpful and rude. I wouldn’t go back as the displays were very small.
Written February 9, 2020
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Sinisterpete
Limavady, UK54 contributions
Contemporary and Daring Exhibitions.
May 2019 • Friends
This is the second time I've been to this gallery of contemporary arts. I loved it but I realise it is not for everyone. Check to see what the current exhibitions are before you go.

I enjoyed the David Lynch photo exhibition entitled Small Stories. I can understand why others wouldn't. Not for everyone. The last time there was an exhibition of famous photos recreated all featuring John Malkovich impersonating the original subject. Loved it. Again, not for everyone.

The other exhibition was on contemporary Hungarian architecture. You see where I'm going here. The building is grand, the scope if the exhibitions is varied and bold. Check if they interest you before you go. If they do, you will very likely enjoy your visit.
Written May 16, 2019
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Stephanie W
Charlottesville, VA1,523 contributions
Probably depends on exhibit, but our experience was expensive and short
Apr 2019 • Couples
We went for the David Lynch exhibit and were very disappointed. The exhibition was incredibly small and not curated well. When we left the 2-room exhibit we started to enter a 2nd exhibit because it sounded interesting but found we had to purchase admission to each exhibition separately. Because the Lynch exhibit was such a disappointment we did not buy a second ticket.
Written April 28, 2019
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic4,855 contributions
Lynch/Klein photography exhibition
Apr 2019 • Solo
Palace of Exhibitions is located next to Heroes' Square, right opposite of the Museum of Fine Arts. The building from out is very beautiful.

When I was there, there were two photography exhibitions: Klein Rudolf and David Lynch. Honestly, it wasn't my cup of tea. It was interesting to see work of both these artists, but it took me only twenty minutes to see both exhibitions. I'm sure for many people it was something very special to visit this kind of exhibition.

Combined ticket for both exhibitions cost 1.900 HUF.

There are not permanent exhibitions, they change, so maybe next time there will be something more interesting for me.
Written April 27, 2019
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99Martin
York242 contributions
Great Museum next to Heros' Square. Fascinating exhibition! An amazing glimpse of the best of Hungary!
Jun 2018 • Solo
I didn't set off to visit this museum, which I hadn't visited for many years. But I thought I'd have another look at Hősök tere (Heroes Square) - always a delight - except this time they were preparing for a pop concert and I could only see the Heroes' backsides!

Ah well!

The Museum of Fine Arts was closed for refurbishment, so I have to admit that it was not with great enthusiasm that I went into the Mücsarnok to see their exhibition Hand|Craft|Art 2018 - Folk Art.

How wrong I was!

The exhibition was breathtaking! From their hand out, it "presents a representative selection of works by outstanding masters of contemporary Hungarian folk handicrafts from the past ten to fifteen years showcasing the wealth of genres, techniques and creative ideas that are signature features of the Hungarian handicraft movement.

I fear that if I read that about an exhibition in England, I think I'd give it a very wide berth. Not, I hasten to say, that I think that English cultural traditions are inferior or unimportant. But I'm so sick of being told I should, in effect, apologise for being English! (Just check out some recent obnoxious English museum exhibitions - I could name several.)

No such nonsense here! The Hungarians are proud of their history, their culture and their handicraft. And so they should be!

The love and craftmanship that has gone into the exhibits is wonderful. From the musical instruments to the ironmongery. From the costume and dresses to the carvings. There are even some first rate documentary films (I wish they were available on DVD!) which put many of the exhibits in historical context - inevitably paying tribute to Bartók & Kodály's work in collecting folk music.

How proud Bartók & Kodálywould be to look round this exhibition today!

Wonderful!
Written July 25, 2018
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Mislav
Zagreb, Croatia358 contributions
Interesting exhibition
Jun 2018 • Family
I visited this museum as it was included in Budapest card. The exhibition was interesting, but I expected more art.
Written July 11, 2018
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Grace B
9 contributions
Boring as hell
Jun 2018 • Friends
We expected actual art but the whole museum had nothing of interest and no art. It was very boring and also not as big as it looks from the outside. Don’t go here, such a waste of money.
Written June 28, 2018
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  • Tue - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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