Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, Budapest: Hours, Address, Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives Reviews: 4/5

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Hungarian Jewish Museum is located in the heart of Budapest, in the historical Jewish quarter. The idea of an independent Jewish Museum arose in 1909, when our Museum was founded. The first home of the collection made up of approximately 1,500 artefacts was an apartment downtown Budapest. The Jewish Museum found its final home in 1932 at the building designed by Laszlo Vago and Ferenc Farago, which was constructed next to the Dohany street synagogue in a matching architectural style. In 1942 two employees of the Hungarian National Museum hid the valuable artefacts of the Jewish Museum in the cellar. Thanks to their bravery the entire rich collection exists today.
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Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Astoria • 3 min walk
  • Ferenciek tere • 7 min walk
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gv0410
Modiin, Israel113 contributions
Family
Once you’ve paid to see the shul then yea, by all means, go and visit
But this is not a place I’d recommend if it was standalone
What bothered me most is that there was no sign explaining the origin of the articrafts shown.
They wrote some of the articles were 400 years old but which ones? Impossible to tell.
Nevertheless some nice things to see
Written May 18, 2022
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mustloveNY
London, UK186 contributions
We waivered about whether to come here while visiting the synagogue, however we are so glad that we did. As an American Jew, who grew up with Hungarian Jewish friends, the story I knew of Jews in Hungry was very sad and focused on what was destroyed. Going to the museum helped me (and my husband) see that this was an incomplete story. We appreciated getting to see it be contextualized and also learn about Theodor Hertzl's birth.

I also want to thank the folks who were at the front desk while we were there. Although they did not have to, we were able to have a lovely chat with them as we bought a couple of postcards and were heading out. We appreciated them for enriching our visit!
Written July 4, 2022
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
Today’s location of Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives is in the compound of the Jewish Synagogue on Dohany utca, in the same building where Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl (The “Oracle” of the State of Israel) was born. The museum consists of four spaces, each of which presents a different aspect of Jewish life in Hungary. The first shows Judaica objects used on Saturdays, the second carries Jewish holidays, the third shows the daily life of the Jews while the last one shows the Holocaust of the Jews of Hungary. The Judaica objects on display were collected from all over the former Austro-Hungary.
You are welcome to take an organized tour with tutorials in different languages for those who want explanations and information about the exhibits.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Written January 31, 2021
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Alex G
Eilat, Israel13 contributions
Couples
I called this visit "Strange Place" because from my point of view they have to decide who they are: the memorabilia for Holocaust victims, or commercial museum for Judaica.
In case this place is monument for Holocaust victims, it should be free of charge, like "Yad ve Shem" in Jerusalem, or Auschwitz. In case it is a museum, its collection is so poor that not to mention the price of 6300 HUF which is the highest among all the museums of Budapest we had visited.
Written January 27, 2022
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Dear Alex, We are sorry you felt it like that, and you are right, the tickets are expensive. I don't know what you visited when you were here, but with the same ticket you can visit the synagogue, the museum, the garden, the ghetto exhibition, and the cemetery. And you can see the Heroes synagogue as well. And you can join to guided tours in different languages. This area is really special, because at the end of the 2nd world war the ghetto was here, this is the second largest functioning synagogue in the world, and the Hungarian Jewish Museum is here since 1932. We couldn't display many other items (we have thousands of them) what we have in our collection (paintings, photos, documents etc.), because we are not just a museum, but an archive too, and also because like in other museums, not everything is displayed. We cannot skip the era of the Holocaust because of the place and because it is a Jewish place. But we are not the Holocaust Museum and Documentary Centre (that is another institution in Budapest), and this exhibition shows the (Hungarian) Jewish culture, customs, judaica, holidays etc. - basically the essence of the Jewish tradition. We hope we meet again, check our collection, database on our webpage: milev.hu Sincerely, Eszter Bánfalvi-Orosz Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
Written April 13, 2022
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harleydoc78
Roslyn Heights, NY8 contributions
Couples
We visited the National Jewish Museum as part of the Jewish Heritage Tour that we took. The museum was wonderful, as was the rest of the places we visited.
Our private guide was Andrea Goczo Magyar and she was amazing. Her knowledge of Budapest sights, history and lifestyle was quite remarkable and her English is fluent (she went to school in Maryland). She also took us to the Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust Memorial (the Tree of Life), three Synagogues, The Carl Lutz Memorial, The Glass ouse, the Gojdu Courtyard, the "Shoes along the Danube," and many more places. Any of her tours can be customized and you can have a car or just walk.
Andrea made the trip very special and I would highly recommend seeing the sights with her. We contacted her through Tours By Locals, but she also has her own company, called JoAn VIP Travel in Budapest.
It was a great day!
Written October 5, 2011
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LK R
Austin, TX697 contributions
This small museum is attached to the Dohany Street Synagogue and I found it's religious items, memorabilia and art work very fascinating . At the same time, it was very sad to know the artifacts were all from families that were wiped out during the War I've read much about the Holocaust, but seeing the items here touched me more than anything I could ever read. An older gentleman led our small group and he added so much to the experience. It was very sobering.
Written December 1, 2019
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Hong Kong, China4,053 contributions
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...when you visit the synagogue, along with a harrowing exhibition about the Budapest ghetto. This is a very good museum with staff willing to help and not too many artefacts, so that meaning and significance can be easily taken in. It’s also very well presented and a pleasure to wander round, despite some of the desperately sad history covered.
Written July 30, 2019
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Caroline W
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Couples
My husband and I decided to take the tour that included a guided visit of the Jewish quarter, the Synagogue (plus memorial garden) and the Jewish Museum. We had 3 different guides, all of whom spoke excellent English & were interesting and very informative. We learnt so much from all our guides but the last, a gentleman who survived the ghetto, was our most moving guide. He took us around the Jewish Museum and explained the articles of Jewish traditions from a very personal point of view. I can guess that without a guide the cabinets of numbered articles would be rather sterile & uninteresting but they came to life with him and when we reached the section of the museum related to WWII, his personal account of how he his mother (but not his father) survived was the highlight of our trip to Budapest.
Written December 23, 2014
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Michael S
Washington DC, DC347 contributions
Couples
What I and my wife thought would be a brief visit, after our tour of the Great Synagogue, turned into a 90 minute event that was very special. When we entered it was time for the English language tour, we were the only people and our guide, Sondra, did a spectacular job, from sharing thoughts with my wife on the novel The Invisible Bridge, about the evolution of the destruction of Jewish life in Budapest before and during the war, to the actual artifacts on display in the Museum. Without her, the visit would have been perfunctory. Make sure, when and if you go, you wait for the tour and I hope you get a guide that is her equal. The museum itself, if you do it on your own, is fine if you have some background on Judaism and what happened to the Jews of Budapest between 1920 and 1944.
Written March 15, 2014
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SEBESZ
Chicago, IL4,870 contributions
Couples
Very interesting museum very unique in it's nature.

Guides were helpful and informative and provided a wealth of information on the history of the Jewish people in Budapest.

It is not big in size but still it will consume you and like myself will be amazed that you had spent several hours viewing a display that is really just in 4-5 rooms

If you get to Budapest this is worthy of your time to see.
Written June 5, 2012
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