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“Something a little different”

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)
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Owner description: The museum houses an extensive collection of Hungarian works dating from the 10th century to present day, including the sculpture of King Béla III's head (1200 A.D.) and lavish 15th- and 16th-century winged altarpieces.
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“Something a little different”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

As promised in our guidebook, this museum in unique in that it is limited to Hungarian artists--so you will see things that are unfamiliar. The Gothic alter pieces and panels were, for me, a highlight of our entire 3-city trip. Now, I do kind of like Gothic painting, which isn't something that would excite everyone, but the guidebook did suggest these were "weird and wonderful" without describing why. They were truly weird and wonderful--because of the faces. All this religious art, but instead of being filled with bland or pious faces, there are all sorts of funny expressions, fat faces, Mary grieving over a crucified Christ with the biggest frown you've ever seen painted, all sorts of wonderful images. Many made me laugh aloud. I wished I'd paid the photo fee and taken pictures. I should have gone back and done so. We also enjoyed many of the Impressionist through modern works.

Visited October 2013
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“Good tour of Hungarian art”
Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

A nice museum however a lot of the floors and exhibits were closed. That said it's still certainly worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Crediton, United Kingdom
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“A fine gallery with excellent guest exhibitions”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The Hungarian National Gallery occupies restored buildings which formed part of the Royal Palace in Buda Castle. It is a short walk from the Fisherman's Bastion and the Matthiaskirche on Castle Hill. There is a an excellent permanent collection of paintings and sculpture, and regular guest and loan exhibitions. The staff helpful, at reception, in the well stocked museum shop and in the cafeteria. The building itself is magnificent.

Visited September 2013
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La Jolla, CA
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“Make sure you see the temporary impressionist exhibit!”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We were walking by when we noticed a banner advertising this temporary exhibit. I love impressionist paintings and this promised many rarely seen paintings hung beside Hungarian impressionist painters. All I can say is wow. Make sure you go even if you don't have time for the entire museum. It was pricey...about 3200 florist ($14.50+) but well worth it. Sisley, Pisarro, Dega, Van Gogh, Gauguin, next to beautiful Hungarian impressionists.

Visited September 2013
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“Not To Be Missed!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The National Gallery is a must if you're visiting Budapest. There are 4 floors of treasues tracing Hungary's art history. Leave plenty of time to take your time to savor these magnificent works of art. You could do it comfortable in 2-3 hours but if you linger you'll need more than 3. I especially enjoyed the late 19th and 20th century art. There is a vast collection of Hungary's principal artists, not so well known on our side of the pond and unfortunately so. I started at thwe top floor and made my way down to the medieval and ancient periods. A day here will enhance anyone's appreciation for Hungary's long and rich culture and will enrich one's further exploration of this glorious city and country.

Visited September 2013
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