Aquincum Museum

Aquincum Museum, Budapest

Aquincum Museum
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
The remains of a former military garrison of the Roman province of Pannonia include a large amphitheater for 1,600 spectators.
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Jerusalem, Israel9 contributions
great place to visit if you're interested in history/archaeology
Feb 2020
really cool place to visit , the museum display is very good , the're two floors , good explanations and unique items , the ruins are ok, but you need to know your way around the reconstruction of a private house and the Mithraeum is really good
worth the visit!!!!
Written February 27, 2020
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Rahway, NJ1,567 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Sep 2019
I was very glad I decided to venture out of central Budapest to this site. The HEV train was not operational during my visit so I took the bus, which stops about 10 minutes away from the ruins (the stop is called Aquincum). I did not go in the museum but rather just walked the grounds, which are MUCH larger than they appeared when I first arrived. I spent about 2 hours. There were hardly any other people there which was both surprising and a welcome change from the crowds in Budapest.

In the ticket office, there was a board with a QR code that you could scan and would get a map to your phone. Do this - I did not, expecting there to be more maps and signage than there actually were. Some areas had no signs, some had just one sign/ map at the beginning, so I ended up taking pictures of those signs and referring back as I walked through.

There is a house and a temple restored to decoration as they would have been in Roman times; I found the house particularly interesting.

I combined by visit with an afternoon in Szentendre which was a good option since Aquincum is basically in between Budapest & Szentendre.

I really recommend spending a couple hours here.
Written October 15, 2019
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Oslo, Norway105 contributions
Roman Village Experience
Sep 2019
We travelled here after seeing it in our guidebooks. What happened was, we came early after taking the tram and the H train. A brief walk of ten-minutes past a giant shop. Than the Museum showed up.

We know were not in summer time, but we expected more people. We was alone for 2o minutes or so. Didn't see anyone and the clerk at the desk was shocked about where were from.

The sights was powerful, the showing signs of the streets, the shops, the houses and the walls. It was a maze and there was some partly restored buildings. Like the prayer room for the cult, a high ranking officials house and so on. There was also exhibits of celtic invasion and their techniques in the region.

This combined with the historical exhibition in the begining, combined with the big settlement/town restored. It gave a feeling of how it used to be. The maps and the sign posts was also explaining it. It was fitting and not worrying.

It was little people and we could walk as we pleased. No stress and just see where the Romans used to live and reside. It was very enlightening.

A Pro-Tip: If your going here, wait before you go the next day or the same day to Buda Castle Hilll and the Buadapest History Museum. As we got a free-pass there today by buying ticket to enter this museum. We didn't know this, so we bought tickets both places. We could have saved money and seen the same museums, without paying double. It says so on the back-side of the museum ticket.
Written September 25, 2019
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Jane S
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Excavated Roman Villiage
Sep 2019 • Couples
Extremely interesting and a great opportunity to walk the streets of a partially excavated Roman village. There are also two fully restored buildings and many, many artefacts. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Aquincum is the name of the original Roman settlement.
Written September 19, 2019
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Milton Keynes, England48 contributions
Risky when wet, but worth half a day
Sep 2019
This crowded Roman town was on the north-east border of the empire, facing untamed tribes across the Danube. It is very easy to find and access. Go to Aquincum stations on the Hev suburban railway and on the main railway from Nyugati station to Esztergom. Before entering Aquincum, take advantage of a free visit to the well-excavated amphitheatre adjoining the Hev station. If driving up the west bank of the Danube on Szentendrei utca to Bekasmegyer, there is a big free car park on the right, after the Auchan supermarket traffic lights. Only the excellent new museum building (big, clean toilets) is wheelchair or pushchair friendly. Tread carefully, especially in wet weather. In hot weather, take plenty of water.
Hungarian and English text panels explain the different buildings, and a colour booklet is sold at the cash desk. This is one of Hungary's most child-friendly sites. Youngsters can also show their archaeology skills in a sandpit populated with child-friendly skeleton and ceramics.
Highlights include a reconstructed Temple of Mithras, on the site of the original. Beware of the irregular steps at the entrance. Two explanatory films are here - move quickly to squeeze onto the audience bench. Also visit the nearby reconstructed House of the Painter.
On the east side of the site is a rich collection of finds, with about half idenfied in Hungarian and English captions. At the southern end, by the small amphitheatre - look through fencing to see finds awaiting cataloguing and display. A well-documented display of Roman brickmaking methods and skills is also here.
On the south side, a collection of 72 querns and millstones shows off the stonehewer's skill in Roman times. You can see the transition from querns to millstones, and also the many stone fractures occurring before stonehewers adopted the Spanish cross to reduce shock in driven stones.
Written September 15, 2019
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Maryland1,197 contributions
Living classroom experience
Aug 2019 • Family
The site is a great place to live and learn. If you’re a history enthusiast and would like hands-on experience with bonafide Roman ruins - then this is your spot. If you’re looking for the Colosseum, then go to Rome. This spot is more about the local and Hungarian engagement with the Roman Empire and an attempt to provide a slice of life into that realm. The museum tries to engage kids - there must be a lot of school groups who come.

It’s a great way to spend 1.5-2 hours (or 1 hour if you just want impressive Roman ruins and your sweep through this because it isn’t what you hoped it would be...). The painter’s house and cult building are really well done.

We and our kids enjoyed it, learned a lot and put things into context.
Written August 23, 2019
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Surrey211 contributions
In the footsteps of Marcus Aurelius
Aug 2019
There is so much to see and read here (note if you have a curious child, there are some “adult” comments in the museum’s extensive history panels). Highly recommended.

The museum has some fascinating exhibits including a Roman water organ. The reconstructed painter’s house and temple to Mithras (outside) and the decorative elements of the senator’s house (inside, 1st floor) give a great view of Roman life even before you explore the site itself.

There are good toilets and vending machines but it’s best to come equipped with food and drink if you plan to stay a while and there are trees but not much cover from fierce sun or rain other than in the buildings. For kids, there is a mythological playground

It was easy to get here on the H5 train. We spent just over 2 hours here and returned by bus, from a stop just across the road, to a metro stop back into the centre, all routes covered by our travel pass.
Written August 11, 2019
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Reading, UK282 contributions
Great Roman ruins
Jul 2019 • Couples
Think Ostia Antica in Rome, but smaller...

Well worth a visit, there are a good amount of ruins to see and the indoor museum houses an impressive collection of artefacts, remarkably well preserved. Well worth a visit for those who are fans of ancient history.
Written July 21, 2019
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Kent, WA851 contributions
Well documented
Jul 2018
This happened to be the warmest day during our stay in budapest. However, the museum and excavated areas were well worth it. A suggestion, take water for hydration.
Written May 25, 2019
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Merseyside, UK3,591 contributions
Quite big site, partially excavated & partly rebuilt but museum lots fabulous finds - free budapest card
Mar 2019 • Couples
We caught a bus to get to here which along with the entry fee were both covered on the Budapest card so definately worth a visit. We arrived when it opened and firstly went around the museum part. It had lots of finds displayed. Which were very well preserved. We have seen Roman finds in museums before but some of these finds were quite unique and all very interesting. The actual site itself is larger than we expected it to be and is partially excavated and partially reconstructed. We liked the viewing thing that you can look through that when you point it at areas it shows you how they would of looked when they were built which was quite fascinating. All in all a very good trip out and the bus stop is only a few minutes walk away from the entrance.
Written May 21, 2019
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