Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny)

Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny), Budapest: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny) Reviews: 4.5/5

Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny)

Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny)
Tours and Tickets
Popular mentions

71 reviews
Very good

Thoughtful Traveler
1 contribution
Deeply thoughtful artist
May 2019
Imre Varga created the moving sculptures in the Doheny Synagogue commemorating the Jewish lives lost during WWII in Hungary. He is not Jewish, and yet was commissioned to do these pieces, no doubt, because of his evocative works about humanity and the sacredness of life. His many sculptures of his father feature his loss of limbs after serving in the war, with his medals of honor affixed to his chest with nails, reminiscent of Jesus on the cross, conveying the hypocrisy and the sacrifices of war. We found this museum moving and beautiful, as each piece is deeply thoughtful and moving. Because we began our trip with the Doheny synagogue and ended it with the Imre Varga Museum, we felt it to be an extra magical, bookended trip. Don't hesitate to ask the museum director to explain some of the pieces, especially the sculpture of the woman on horseback in the inner courtyard.... a very special story awaits you. We also visited the Vasarely Museum nearby (wonderful).
Written March 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Budapest, Hungary136 contributions
Excellent visit
Jan 2020 • Couples
Excellent visit with a personal tour.
Many sculptures and art pieces here in maquette form and full size.
We have discovered a wonderful sculptor.
Written January 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Twickenham, UK28 contributions
A hidden gem!
Mar 2019 • Solo
I arrived 50 mins before closing time and thought I’d have plenty of time...little did I know what a treasure trove this museum really is! An absolutely amazing collection of sculptures and paintings, truly stunning. I never heard of this artist before but am now a big fan. I was the only one there. Sadly the cash register was closed when I got to the end, I would have loved to purchase a book or catalogue of his works, but the couple who were there did not speak English so I will investigate more about this artist. Took lots of lovely pictures though!
Written March 24, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jørgen Bo N
Copenhagen, Denmark259 contributions
Well worth seeing!
Mar 2019
A little out of the way, but clearly worth taking the H-train and short walk to find it. Not exactly crowded, but the staff were very friendly - walking the tour with us and telling a lot of interesting stories about this great artist!
Written March 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jane S
5 contributions
Imre Varga Collection
Oct 2018 • Friends
I cannot praise this museum enough. Varga is an extremely talented sculptor, who is still living. You see studies for some of his larger works in both bronze and plaster. He worked in many mediums, and also painted. There is a beautiful sculpture garden that I could have sat in all day. I knew almost nothing of Varga before going but am now a big fan.
Written October 17, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alex M
Rotterdam, The Netherlands46 contributions
Sweet little museum, awesome host!
Jun 2018 • Solo
Being impressed with the commemorative work outside the synagogue by this artist, I went to see this museum. When I arrived, I was the only first so the two people waiting for visitors turned on the lights for me.

The museum itself is small, with three indoor rooms and a garden. But what made this visit remarkable for me was the fact that this lovely gentleman in the foto turned out to be a really lovely guide! Of course, he had all the time in the world, but he made sure to tell me all about this artist. As I told him I had visited memento park the day before, he showed me the similarities: you see, also in this museum there is a statue that was hidden so that it wouldn't be destroyed by the powers that be (in this case, the president)

Juicy enough? Go pay these gents a visit then!
Written June 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul G
1 contribution
One of Hungary's greatest living artists
Jun 2018 • Couples
We have been visiting Budapest for close to 20 years and always find something new to see. This is our latest discovery -- a museum of works by one of Hungary's greatest living artists (Varga Imre is 95 years old and still working).

The art -- sculptures mostly but also paintings and drawings -- is stunning. The emotional impact of each piece is so powerful as to be close to overwhelming at times. His technical mastery, combined with his highly personal vision, makes for art that transcends time and place. It is no wonder that Varga Imre has been the recipient of just about every major accolade his country can bestow.

A nice aspect of the museum is the very friendly and informative man who takes you through the rooms and explains (in Hungarian or English) what you're looking at.

Don't miss his gem of a museum. It is truly something wonderful to experience.
Written June 5, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vienna, Austria150 contributions
Outstanding at the Outskirts
Jan 2018
In search for a less touristy attraction in Budapest I came across this gem north of the city center. It's located in a little ensemble of romantic old houses that resemble a town square on the country side. The museum shows the work of Imre Varga, an hungarian sculptor using metal for his art. I was the only visitor and could freely stroll through the collection. Unfortunately, there is not much information given and even lesser in another language than Hungarian. Hence, a guided tour by some expert is recommended for those who want to lern more. However, I enjoyed the indoor and outdoor pieces of art a lot, as well as the surroundings of the place itself.
Hint: Its best to reach by H5 Suburban-Train from Batthyany Ter (M2), Exit "Szentlelek Ter" (be sure to look out of the window for the station names, the H5-trains in use are very basic)
Written January 22, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sydney, Australia7,378 contributions
Snow is falling on Radnóti
Jan 2018 • Solo
Before I started to write my review, I read a few opinions expressed by other reviewers. To correct wrong information’s isn’t my duty, but because they’re misleading, let me say a few words. Im-Gym in his review “Wonderful little collection calls the artist Andras Varga. His name is Imre Varga. He places this exhibition in Szentendre, that is a charming little town, with a lot of galleries, and artists, but you would look there in vain since the Imre Varga collection is in Óbuda. In addition to defending the morality of the daughters of Óbuda, let me mention that "Awaiters" captures the memory of the bad girls in Paris.
So, the collection is in Óbuda, Laktanya Street 7, only a few steps away from the Main Square and the famous statues of the girls waiting with an umbrella in their hands. It is true that the signs of the sculptures and painting, very often hardly readable, but I was lucky with a very willing warden, who knew every item of this collection. Because unfortunately, I was the only visitor, he had time, to help me with the titles and also showed me Imre Varga's Prima Primissima Prize from 2003. Apparently, a guide would do the same thing; only I dislike guided tours. When I visit a museum, a church, a castle or anything, I like to go at my own pace and spend longer or shorter times where I want. In this museum I bought a book called “Vivát Varga,” and I was able to find nearly all of the info’s, that I was interested in. Unfortunately, his paintings are not included in the book.
If I had to criticize the collection, I would add as a mistake that it is a bit overcrowded. For some of the sculptures there is not enough space, sometimes they almost flow into one another, and do not let each other breath. Of course, this is only an individual and amateur opinion. Others may see it differently. There are a serial buests exhibited. They aren't merely immortalized the appearance of the depicted figure but are also giving a picture of its personality.
The posture of the whole figural sculptures tells a story about their character and fate. For example Miklós Radnóti’s or Gyula Derkovitits’s statues, or the "Professor" who is sitting on the bench, filled with his utmost importance.
The "Heroes Monument" is the statue that I could hardly break away from, and I was not only addicted to the subject, but the creator also has been, as he made it in many versions.
Because it was snowing during my visit, it made the outdoor sculptures a little surreal. As the girls of the "Fugitive Time" were having a leisurely time covered with snow and in summer dresses, or as the "Professor" tolerated the snowfall apathetically.
Only one, or one and a half hours was that I spend enjoying this collection, but the impression of it probably will stay with me for years.
Written January 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pasadena, CA71 contributions
Imre Varga, a National Treasure, Most Poorly Advertised, Sooo Impressive!
Jul 2017 • Solo
If you like sculptures and paintings do not miss this gem of a museum. A large collection of wonderful works, many portraits, some small versions of large sculptures in public places, copies of the art in the Hungarian chapel of the Vatican. It is a gift to see such a complete collection of one incredible artist. You will be far from the crush of tourists in a restful environment and garden. This visit is my fondest memory of Budapest.
Written July 26, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 31
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Imre Varga Collection (Gyujtemeny)