Holocaust Memorial Center

Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest

Holocaust Memorial Center
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The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.
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Czechmate
Pilsen, Czech Republic29 contributions
A hard one to rate
Jan 2020
Difficult to rate in an rating perspective, it's a very sobering experience to walk around the names of those who were taken. Was it enjoyable. Well no. Is it worth doing. Of course.

There is an extensive archive of victims which can be researched to help families find lost relatives and find information about them.

Very moving. Not really suitable for kids, but still important they understand the history of the world.
Written May 7, 2020
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Carl S
Allentown, PA6 contributions
Comprehensive Historical Memorial
Mar 2020
This memorial focuses on the Hungarian experiences of the Jewish people up to and through the holocaust. It is very well done with factual and anecdotal evidence pieced together to make the picture clear. Expect to be saddened by past evils committed and recorded here. When finished here make sure you visit the "wall of shoes" along the Danube.
Written March 7, 2020
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Ezri
14 contributions
Moving and educational
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum requires at least 1.5- 2 hours of your time. It is moving and well done. It wasn’t crowded so we appreciated the silence while reading and processing the information. We learned so much and have great respect for this memorial center.
Written March 2, 2020
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Garry M
Birmingham, UK172 contributions
If you have time visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Worth a visit if you have some spare time allow about 1.5 hrs of you want to read
Tastefully done exhibition that gives Hungarian holocaust account
Mainly picture and read type display
Written February 26, 2020
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Jacqueline C
Geraldton, Australia96 contributions
Hard to find but worth the visit
Jan 2020
So moving, taught me things I didn't know. Hard to read and watch the images and understand why this happened. I didn't know the gypsy population were also persecuted. Such a sad part of our history and these museums are needed to make sure it doesn't occur again.
Written February 12, 2020
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Murray
West Kilbride, UK316 contributions
Emotional...but nothing you haven't seen on a website already..
Feb 2020 • Solo
Been to a few historical museums in my time, and really looked forward to visiting this one. However, as emotive as the subject matter is....this felt like a copy and paste museum. Picture boards, videos and panel information that is already available on the internet and I had seen it all before. Nothing new to learn, although the displays at the end of possessions of some of the victims of the Holocaust at the end was pretty powerful. Is it worth a visit? I suggest if you know your history, then you will have seen and read it all on the internet and seen similar already in other museums and it will not be worth visiting. If that's not the case, then by all means go and be enlightened.
Written February 10, 2020
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Amy D
Manchester, UK241 contributions
A unique holocaust museum
Jul 2019
Unlike many holocaust museums in European capitals this museum is a little more out of the way and me and my friend were the only two people in the museum. This made the experience much more real and so I would definitely recommend a visit here. The displays are immersive with shadows and music playing representing the marching soldiers. Perhaps the only exhibit that I found too much was the last room where they showed videos of bodies being thrown into mass graves. It is not free to visit this museum but it is worth it for the experience
Written February 1, 2020
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Sidney
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
Deeply moving
Jan 2020
This memorial centre is deeply personal, with individual stories used to bring the tragic story of Hungary’s Jewish population vividly to life. To do justice to this memorial, one needs time - lots of it. Congratulations to the Centre for highlighting the desperate plight of not only Hungary’s Jewish population, but also it’s Roma - Gypsy - one.
Written January 17, 2020
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Molly Annie
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
An Extremely Detailed & Moving Memorial
Jan 2020 • Family
We (two 18 year olds & a dad!) visited the memorial thinking it would be an interesting thing to do for half an hour. But we were wrong! There was so much information... it just went on and on - but in a good way! I would definitely prepare yourselves to be there for between an hour and two hours... it takes a while to get through all of it if you want to really take in all the information. Each part was so detailed and interesting. There’s a mixture of reading and videos... all in English and Hungarian, which is good.

We were all moved and fascinated by each section... even though the bit nearer the end was especially hard to get through (it focused on the concentration camps). It was extremely harrowing and difficult to read.

I would definitely recommend going here. It’s one of the best, most detailed exhibitions I’ve been to. Just make sure you leave plenty of time to go round every part!
Written January 8, 2020
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jpfSydney
United Kingdom185 contributions
By far the best Holocaust museum, still untouched by government propaganda...
Nov 2019
The Holocaust remains a touchy subject in Hungary, as the current Hungarian government insists that it was all the fault of the Germans, and Hungarians were blameless.This is absolutely nonsense, as in 1944-1945 the Hungarian state, police and and the entire administrative apparatus wholeheartedly participated in the murder of up to 500 000 Jews in just a few months. This museum offers a touching and very well-documented overview of what happened, fortunately still uncontaminated by government propaganda. An alternative Holocaust museum in Budapest (the 'House of Fates') has remained closed for years because it features unsupportable historical distortions advocated by the current Orban government. Visit the Pava Utca Holocaust memorial centre and support it - it is one of the best and most truthful Holocaust museums anywhere.
Written December 29, 2019
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