Hungarian Natural History Museum

Hungarian Natural History Museum

Hungarian Natural History Museum
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DavidUDLib
Ramat Gan, Israel91 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
It a little small for a natural history museum and you can see everything in about 2 hours. However, what is there is great. A very impressive mineral exhibition. A cool exhibition of Noah's ark. Some cool fossils and the place welcoming and fun to explore.
Written January 18, 2020
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Vaggos A
Thessaloniki, Greece57 contributions
Mar 2020
The museum is pretty far outside the centre of Budapest and has no other attractions nearby . It's a nice museum with a cheap ticket. Only problem we had was that no-one told us where to go in order to find the main halls/exhibitions of the museum and we had to do a little exploring ourselves. Dino Garden is not worth it in my opinion. Mineral and rock collection is very impressive and possibly the best exhibtion the museum offers. Very suitable for kids as it has many interactive games or screens with buttons etc.
Written March 21, 2020
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Hayliella
Runcorn, UK36 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely little museum which is excellent for children with its play area and interactive exhibitions. Saying that, they don’t like children so what’s the point?! Constantly glaring at the children enjoying themselves, even snapping at my daughter when she rolled one of the log shaped cushions across the floor.
When we got there the coffee shop was closed and it was lunch time, having a three year old and needing a coffee, I had to walk ten mins to find a coffee shop and Tesco to take stuff back for my daughter and husband.
Constant glares as we walking around as well, I found this not only here but in the national museum too :( very uncomfortable environment.
The guy at the ticket office was pleasant though and the cloak room is free which is good.
Written September 29, 2022
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shimrit
Sofia, Bulgaria9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
A charming and fascinating museum! The kids and we had a great time. The displays are beautiful and some are also interactive. Kids can watch and be a part of the experience. The place has free coat storage and the place is very heated so we recommend giving the coats at the entrance. In addition to the animal display there is also an impressive stone display!
Written December 31, 2021
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larmih
Moscow, Russia36 contributions
Jan 2022
Though a little off the usual tourist routes, I believe it might be a good experience for schoolchildren of all ages. The collection is grouped compactly but historically accurate and shown in evolution.
Other visitors complimented the mineral collection - I agree, it is most spectacular and beautiful. The museum is not very big, but the exposition is very well organized. I've been to large and famous museums of Natural History in Moscow, New York, Chicago. Still, this one in Budapest produced a very good impression on me due to thoughtful organization prepared according to the modern trends in biology.
Written February 1, 2022
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roadkilt
Victoria232 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
Easily found from downtown Budapest in a dull blocky building. Not a block buster like the Natural sciences Museum in Vienna but smaller and accessible collections. The themes are more relationship orientated and artfully displayed. The decent but not huge fossil and hominid development displays are tied to,Hungarian locations and relevance. The geological displays are meagre, laid out like a dull collection, and I'm a geologist! Meteorites and building materials have a more modern look. The ultraviolet display was very poor, the UV lighting was too weak, the daylight appearance of the minerals was never shown, and overhead lighting glares against the display and reflects off the glass. terrible! Overall the lighting in this area seems too weak to properly view the exhibits. Upstairs an exhibit showing animals in "Noah's ark" wasn't too bad, although the wood framed boat concept is done better in Prague. For some reason many of the displayed collections don't have labels so,you never know what the individual specimens are. This review sounds picky, overall the experience is positive, but I look at many museums and it bothers me when they drop the ball on such easy stuff as lighting or labels. One nice feature is that nearly all the exhibits have well written English descriptions. For an extra fee you can see some full scale dinosaur models outside under the trees. Alright, but not worth the extra fee for half a dozen plastic replicas. The gift shop is a young rock collectors dream, many unique rocks sold by weight, reasonably priced meteorite and mineral specimens, one of a kind books in several languages, and junky jewellery. Again lighting was poor, and laid out like an afterthought but better than you expect. I really want to be excited and praise this museum but from grumpy ticket staff to odd no-photo signs and inconsistent displays I'd rate it for young families or hard core museum wonks like me.
Written June 4, 2015
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Anamaria D
197 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
I took my primary school kid there to see things he would normally be interested in but after the mind-blowing fun he had at the Aquaworld, Zoo, Budapest caves, Palace of Wonders etc, visiting a museum was a bit boring. May this be the first thing on the to-do list if you go with kids to Budapest. Oh, and you need to pay extra fees if you want to take photos inside.
Written January 27, 2019
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ogriofa76
Belfast, UK36 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Easy to get to via Metro. Had a buggy with me which was slightly problematic as not all elevators worked. It’s an average natural history museum. Ground floor exhibit on coral reefs was a little tacky but my kids enjoyed it. Don’t take photos unless you’ve paid to do so as you can get a bit of a telling off (In Hungarian!) Didn’t get the whole ‘Noah’s Ark’ exhibit as I’m not religious but if that’s how you want create a display then ok... as previous posts say most if not all signage is in Hungarian but then again a lot of what you see should be reasonably familiar. Good Snack Room should you have a packed lunch with you. Good toilet facilities especially for the little ones. Avoid the Dinosaur Garden out back. It’s a tad sad really, 8/9 large plastic dinosaurs - additional (small) fee but just not worth the hassle with the child’s buggy! Did my kids enjoy it? Yes so I guess that’s the main thing but if I’d walked in as an adult I’d be done in 30 minutes and would be out the door. Great kids park nearby on opposite side of the street!
Written July 19, 2018
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iro k
Perama, Greece9 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
I regretted going there, wasted money, in about half an hour you go through the whole thing, no dinosaurs...no fossils, just plastic and wooden replicas.....so bumbed, I was really looking farward to it....
Written June 23, 2016
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zsebibabak
laxenburg, Austria134 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
Very nicely refurbished, very modern facilities, good exhibits, informative explanations, child-friendly interactive displays, large diversity of educational methods. Even my 5-year-old twins were intrigued and said we should come back, even though they did not say the same after the zoo (to my largest surprise).

Nevertheless, there are a few shortcomings why I did not give a top score. First, many interesting things are closed during the week, such as the interactive room and other specialty rooms. It is a shame - why???? why can one not visit these while quiet??

Second, about half of the electronic displays and explanatory illustrative screens were out of order. It is a pity - those that were operating were very helpful; even working on climate change as a career I still learned new things on this.

Another tip: they offer great (at least I presume...) guided tours and lectures but mostly you need to sign up for these in advance and sometimes you need more people (but I think if you pay for more people that is not terribly expensive they wouldn;'t mint). So if you know in advance you are planning a trip there, it is worth contacting them in advance and arrange a guided tour or lecture.
Written March 1, 2016
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