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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Amy D
Manchester, UK243 contributions
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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Carl S
Allentown, PA11 contributions
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
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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Murray
West Kilbride, UK339 contributions
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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Jacqueline C
Geraldton, Australia97 contributions
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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Sidney
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
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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BelindaRobyn
Midhurst, UK43 contributions
Friends
Once you locate and enter the memorial, you realise how quiet it is. Despite being close to busy roads and restaurants, there is peaceful feel to the place. The information throughout is translated from Hungarian into English, and you can use your smartphone for additional audio guides (if you have QR code and Internet enabled). It's a harrowing place to visit, but important in history. The synagogue situated in the building is spectacular.
Written May 21, 2022
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,622 contributions
Couples
I am not normally morbid and to recommend the Holocaust Memorial Centre above all other sights to see in Budapest, and there is many, is not something I would normally do.
However, I was visibly moved by what I experienced and saw at the Memorial Centre. There are a number of reasons for this firstly, I thought I knew quite alot about this issue - clearly I do not. Secondly, the way the information was presented. It is English friendly, as well as photographs and narrative there are interactive maps, auditory sound ( especially the marching sounds) and live film. This is not in just one single spot it is throughout the centre on different issues.The events and statistics are combined with family personal accounts, which brings a human element to this terrible event. I have not been to a museum or similar exhibition that presents this so well and gives you a lump in your throat.

I was not aware of the Hungarian's role in the Holocaust via the Arrow Cross who were equally as brutal and in some instances more so than the nazi's themeslves. I could say alot more about the Holocaust Memorial Centre but strongly suggest you go and see it yourself.
Written August 10, 2011
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Scar604
Red Deer, Canada74 contributions
Having been to Auschwitz Birkenau and the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, I have to say that the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest was the most informative and well organized display I've seen. There is a lot of stuff to read and it can be a little confusing at first because it isn't organized chronologically but by phases of persecution, but this is one of the most well put together displays I have seen. The facility is very modern with lots of interactive display areas where you go through information on a screen on your own. We had planned to only be here for an hour but it took almost 3 and I had to skip a lot of reading to get finished. The movie displays are very good though so if you don't have that much time, skip some of the reading and watch the films. I learned a few new things while I was here! The entrance fee of 1300 HUF is worth it, and if you're a student it's only 100 HUF which is totally a bargain! One of the most enjoyable (but sad) things I did in Budapest.
Written November 10, 2009
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ManuelCarneiro
8 contributions
Friends
Yes, just like the title says: was asked for a bribe to see the exhibition. From the beggining, this was probably one of the museums I was looking forward the most in my stay in Budapest. However, we miscalculated our time and, after visiting the nearby sinagogue, we hurried to this museum. We knew the ticket office would close at 5 pm, so we sprinted. We actually managed to get there in time, despite the fact the museum is kind of hard to find as it is almost hidden on the street. We got inside at 4:59 pm! I managed to pass the metal detector, talked to the guard and kindly let me, and my 3 ppl group, get inside. We went down a couple of stairs to what seemed to be the ticket office where a young boy (on his early 20's, I'd say - this happened on october 2nd so it will be easy to know who tje guy is) was sitting. We kindly asked for tickets and apologized because we knew we were tight on schedule. The guy giggled, staring at us with no answer. At first he seemed a cool guy and we could say he was trying to find a way to adress us. We repeated the question, if it was possible to get the tickets. He looked at his watch and said no, because it was 5:02... We actually begged, cause this was our last day in town, but the guy said he had just turned the computer off (it wasn't off, i could see it on). This was the moment the guy said we could get inside the exhibition under 1 condition: if we paid him 1.000 HUFs, and I highlight HIM, not the museum. We had no reaction at first, cause it was surreal... We made the proposal again, and we declined. Not because of the money, but because of the action. We were late 1 minute, actually 2 because he lost 1 minute staring at us laughing, and because of that tried to make easy money. We were a group of 4 people, so he thought he'd get 4.000 huf easly. Sorry for the long text, but wanted to share the whole story with you.
Written October 15, 2017
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