Balaton Museum
Balaton Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
Read more
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Write a review
About
Our museum was established in order to raise the cult of Lake Balaton. Ever since our goals have remained the same, yet modern: we research and publicize the “Hungarian sea” by collecting, preserving, processing and presenting the natural values of Lake Balaton. We do not want to tell everything about Balaton, but we would like to show the major characteristics through which the lake and its history can be known. Our museum provides a comprehensive and public context in order to understand the environmental and social changes of the Balaton region. Our permanent exhibition recalls the history of the lake through eleven rooms. Our historical, archeological, ethnographic and natural history collections consist of 380. 000 items.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
55 reviews
Excellent
25
Very good
20
Average
10
Poor
0
Terrible
0

CrazyCroat
Split, Croatia41 contributions
Couples
Before you go to the Lake you should go and visit this great museum. You will learn everything about people, culture, history, geology of the Balaton region. Building is old but museum is great.Everything is on hungarian and english as well, price around 3€.
Written July 24, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jroevr7
Cserszegtomaj, Hungary37 contributions
Couples
This is a very interesting museum to visit. There are multimedia means to look at and listen to the history. There is a permanent exhibition containing Hungarian and English language on information boards. Unfortunately there are some extra displays that are only written in Hungarian. If your children like history then they will find it interesting especially early life in the area. But otherwise it is not really for them. There is a modern outdoor wooden play area which young children will enjoy.
There is also a representation of how the lake could be non-existent within 200 years. Thank fully I will not be around then.
If you happen to be in Hungary on one of the important national days then all the museums are free, otherwise you have to pay.

Please read the review by Tiberiu Baranyi the explanation of the museum, it is excellent.
Written October 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Mr "jroevr7"! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very pleased to hear that you found Balaton Museum's exhibitions interesting.We're looking forward to having you again as a visitor in our museum. Best regards: Balaton Museum Staff
Written October 29, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania9,251 contributions
Couples
If you are at the Balaton I do recommend you pay a visit to this museum to get more knowledge about the lake, its history and what is around it. The exhibition starts with presenting the ancient times and how the lake was formed explaining its origins, you also have some samples of the wild life living in its waters - fish and amphibians - on the shores and in the woods around the lake... so you get a full picture.
Than you get presented the human settlements from antiquity , the roman period ,very interesting and than moving on to the period with the arrival of the Huns and their establishment in the area , first villages after the roman era , etc. so the whole picture of history and life near this "sea" of Hungary.
As you move from room to room you can follow the time line to the modern era , you have exhibits of fishing tools and their evolution over the centuries as fishing was the main occupation of the people leaving in the area, than the modern times, tourism in the Communist era, sailing and navigation on the lake , different models of ships that sailed the waters of Balaton.
If you care for the audio guiding of the tour you will find a lot of interesting information, so you need to spend a little more time to get through this museum.
We've spent 2 hours here - but this is up to every visitor to decide how much time they want to spend.
In terms of parking here you will have to find a spot on the street since the museum does not have a parking lot in a courtyard , just outside on the street.
In terms of entrance fee is just a few euros - when we were there we could not use credit card so be prepared with cash - they accept also Euro not only Huf.
Overall to sum it up - it is interesting and it is time well spent visiting this museum.
Written September 18, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Mr Tiberiu Baranyi! Thank you for having taken your time to provide us with your valuable feedback relating to your visit. Looking forward to see you again in the near future.Best regards:Balaton Museum Staff
Written October 29, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

norbert_elek
Budapest, Hungary28 contributions
Family
It is an exemplar for museums of the XXI. century. Recommended to visit for everyone who visit Keszthely!
Written November 29, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

tizs0
Keszthely, Hungary73 contributions
Solo
If you are interested in the geological past of the region, the ancient time when there was no Lake Balaton here, then you should visit this Museum. Even if you have not much time at list 3 hours are needed to get an impression. You also can have valued information here about Fenekpuszta, where the ruins of Roman fortress can be seen.
Written December 6, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Bill G
Kauai, HI182 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed this museum. Interesting displays explaining the history of Balaton with good English. It'll only take you an hour or two to explore it, but you should enjoy it.
Written October 19, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ewyena
London, UK12,152 contributions
Friends
Because Lake Balaton is a very huge and famous lake of Hungary and also well known and visited by the neighbour countries, it is very good to see in one place the history of the lake and its whole area. It starts from the earth and geological history and goes through the times with flora and fauna then human being appeared on the earth and how he changed the face of it and how the lake became as it is today. Fishing, architecture, shipping, water sports, inland tourism, strongholds and fortresses from the beginning till today, a very interesting exhibition. Then next to that in different rooms there are different temporary exhibitions which are also instructive. When we have been there was a history of poster exhibition and through those posters the whole country history, peoples life, art, theatres, poors and riches, everything became visible. It was extremely shocking at some points (i.e. WWI-II). It is quite big museum in that area (I have visited so many smaller) and if someone likes museums and get to know the little history of the place where they are, so definitely worth to see. Also family friendly, with a few interactive child game I recommend. .
Written September 25, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dragan T
Budapest, Hungary24 contributions
Friends
You can learn a lot about Balaton and Keszthely area, always you can find interesting temporary exibitions.
Written July 27, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

cyclejam
Bedizzole, Italy108 contributions
Family
It was really interesting to learn about the history of the area, as well as information about geology, flora and fauna, etc. It's sad to learn about man's intervention with the natural water table and that the lake will not likely exist in only a few more generations. The museum is a nice facility and worth the time to see.
Written October 13, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Veronika P
Celldomolk, Hungary1 contribution
Beautiful building, nice exhibition workers. We can spend a very interesting hour there. Thank you very much!
Written April 30, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Balaton Museum (Keszthely) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Balaton Museum

Balaton Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Balaton Museum tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 1 Balaton Museum tours on Tripadvisor

Hotels near Balaton Museum: View all hotels near Balaton Museum on Tripadvisor