Bela Bartok Memorial House
Bela Bartok Memorial House
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The building where composer Bartok Bela lived and worked between 1932 and 1940.
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DesRB
Menai Bridge, UK112 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I confess to not being a great fan of much of Bartok’s music, but our visit to his last Hungarian home (from 1932-40) was delightful. The Memorial House, which is quite small, is easily accessible by bus or taxi (we went by taxi to get there early and returned by bus at our leisure), and entry is free with the Budapest card. Being a little bit outside the city also enables you to escape from the city crowds for a while and get up into the hills.

We were given a friendly welcome, and shown around the house by one of the staff (there were just 3 other visitors besides us on the tour); visitors are not allowed to wander around by themselves. We saw many of Bartok’s personal effects, together with furniture, his collections of folk-art products, and much else. He seems to have been an avid collector in many areas, both musical and non-musical! The house and the knowledgeable guide portrayed the composer in a much warmer light than is superficially apparent from a lot of his music.

The house has toilet facilities for visitors, and there are various Bartok-related items for sale at the reception desk, including a selection of his music. There is also a small concert room where chamber concerts are regularly held. I highly recommend this memorial museum for classical music lovers.
Written June 16, 2019
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Gil_750
Paris, France121 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
to know better Bela Bartok life very famous in Hungary
there is small classicl chamber music in the house
interesting garden
Written April 14, 2019
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JULIE AND REMI
Paris, France130 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
You can take a bus from Szell Kalman ter to visit the house. Easy 7mn walk with nice houses around. If you are lucky or well aware, take the chance to be at a concert in the house. There is a small auditorium with maximum 100 seats, so you have your noze on the piano whan an artist is playing!
Written September 28, 2018
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JULIE AND REMI
Paris, France130 contributions
Sep 2017
This Bartok house is surrounded by villas and is in a great area of Buda. In the garden you have a sculpture of Bartok. The museum is nice with some personnal Bartok instruments and music tools; Try to visit the house when there is a concert in the little showroom were you have your nose on the piano!
Written May 3, 2018
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incksy
8 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
This museum is great for those with a love of or fascination for the composer Bartók. It is easy to find if you have google maps and search for its Hungarian name and it's an easy bus ride out of town into the depths of suburban Buda. The museum is entered by pressing the buzzer at the gate and asking to visit. It is a beautiful, quiet, understated place, as one might expect. We had a very thorough personal tour from one of the staff at the museum, who was clearly very knowledgable. Great to see Bartók's study and piano, which looks to be in fabulous condition. Also his collections of insects, folk instruments and so on, and old ink bottles, papers, bits of pencils and general stuff of everyday life. Some great family photos too. Nice insight into this extraordinary composer's personal world.
Written April 9, 2017
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thoroughlygood
London, UK81 contributions
Oct 2016
A lovingly curated collection of Bartok's possessions from his personal and professional life. If you know a lot about Bartok already you may not necessarily learn anything new about the man, but the pictures and the space makes venturing out on the 11 Bus from Batthyany Ter for 30 minutes worth the visit. You'll get a personal guide for your visit. You won't be able to take pictures.
Written October 19, 2016
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Progenitor
Central Hungary, Hungary509 contributions
Sep 2016
In a quiet corner of Buda, this house is where Bartok lived for 8 years before he had to leave to escape the Nazis and the war. It has his furnature with folk art carvings. The first floor is a small concert hall.
Written September 15, 2016
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hhamadeh
Dubai, United Arab Emirates66 contributions
Jul 2016
Walking into a place where an amazing composer lived in with all his belongings makes you feel like you're walking back in time. It was a great place to see all of the little things that were dear to Bartok. The only thing that wasn't clear was how to get there as there are no signs to show the location. If you take bus number 5 all the way to the end and then you go up a hill for about 10 minutes you'll get there, but ask around and make sure you're on the right direction.
Written July 21, 2016
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HannahIowa
Iowa166 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Bela Bartok's house. Loved the manuscripts hanging down from the ceiling through the stairwell. I did not know much about this composer before the visit and was happy to have this learning experience.
Written February 20, 2016
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brixtontrev
United Kingdom1,504 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
Béla Bartók's house on Gugger Hill is an absolute delight. The house is brought to life and is full of some of his most personal items ranging from his Transylvanian Hungarian furniture to his glasses, sandals, clothes and all manner of portable musical items. Most touching were three objects. One a small open box in front of which was a fob watch but what was so charming about it was that his son had written on the box 'apu óra' (dad's watch). The second similarly was a small oblong box on which had been written 'törött szemüveg' (broken glasses). The final item was a half smoked cigarette (Bartók was a heavy smoker and would smoke continuously while he was working) which had been found in his piano. Unfortunately taking photos inside the house is not permitted but OK in the garden. There are small reasonably priced books available at reception with many of the photos and exhibits seen on the tour. Absolutely fascinating!

Easy to get to – take a number 5 bus from Ferenciek ter towards Pasaréti tér. Get off at the drop off point at the end of the route at Pasaréti tér (the return bus can be picked up at the bus stop on the opposite side of the road) and take the road (Csévi út) keeping the large white church to your left. Keep to the left all the way till the road bends left and there is a small children’s playground on the right. The entrance to the house is on the other side of the children’s playground on Csalán út. It has a plaque on the entrance. Press the bell and wait for a response. The gate will be operated from the house and takes a little while to open so please be patient.
Entry fee 1500 HUF which includes a tour guide
No photography inside the house
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10-5
January and February 10-4
Written December 1, 2015
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