Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
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Speciality MuseumsReligious Sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Alex G
Beit Shemesh, Israel22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • 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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anacW3818ID
29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The place is pretty but not as big and fancy as I expected. Ticket is 30 dollars per person which was the most expensive ticket I spent in Budapest. I saw a better church in the world. This place might be worth for Jewish or someone interested in world world 2. Not for me.
Written May 18, 2023
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harleydoc78
Roslyn Heights, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
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, China4,603 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Friends
...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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Stephen C
Boston, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Whilst this guided tour is not the cheapest you will come across the guided tour of the synagogue was money well spent.It gave a good insight into how they have different ways of worship and how their religion impacts on their life, how the world war impacted on the Jews in Hungary and what they have done since for the country. We had been before but still found it very interesting to do again. If you go please take time to look at the memorial tree made of stainless steel and visit the museum, which closes sharp on time, so make sure you leave time to browse round.
Written March 18, 2019
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Martin
Solihull, UK930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Located in the trendy Jewish Quarter. 4500 HUF to enter which I don’t think is good value. Plan for 90 mins.

Synagogue is very impressive inside

You can see memorial tree from outside without entering.

Museum whilst informative and educational, is a little dry. No headsets, all items have Hungarian and English descriptions.

Guided tours are included in entrance cost.

Written March 13, 2019
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,556 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Couples
Attached to the Dohany Street Synagogue through the very moving Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, this small museum contains a fascinating collection of artifacts, memorabilia, artwork and religious objects documenting the history and practices of the Hungarian Jewish Community. Beautifully laid out and illuminated.

Each item, described in Hungarian and English, tells a story and echoes with memory. One particular example is the postcard from “Waldsee”; the fake town used by the Nazis as the mailing location for the postcard those arriving in Auschwitz were forced to write to reassure those still at home. The diabolic nature of this act chills to the bone. Every third victim murdered at Auschwitz was a Hungarian citizen.

When you visit the synagogue, be sure to take the time to visit this museum, the memorial park with its striking metal weeping willow memorial tree, and the Jewish cemetery.
Written February 9, 2019
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Thank you for your compliment! This topic is very important to us to inform the visitors. Best wishes!
Written March 29, 2019
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meiaruite
Maidenhead, UK63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
You buy a ticket to the museum with a ticket to visit the synagogue. The synagogue is worth seeing but it is packed with tourists. Don't miss the museum. Some of the exhibits in the museum are really interesting. Also it tells the story of how Hungarian Nazis, the Arrow Cross party, rounded up Jews and shipped them to Auschwitz at the end of WW2.
Written October 28, 2018
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David-Miriam-Cohen
Israel292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
On the grounds of the Dohany Street Synagogue, it fits in well with the other parts of the site: The mass graves, the WWI memprial synagogue and the Holocaust memorial.
It tells the story of the Jewish community of Budapest in its heyday and has many beautiful artifacts. One, a picture of a nurse who was awarded a medal by Franz Joseph and other memorabilia commemorating the respect in which the community was held (and the WWI heroes synagogue, also on the grounds), is an eerie contrast to what was done to the community only a few meters away, only a few years after WWI ended.
The name is misleading, everyone, even religious Jews who know all about day to day Jewish life, have what to see and learn here.
Admission to the Synagogue compound is high (5000 HUF) but well worth it.
Written October 14, 2018
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