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“Wonderful art collection!”

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)
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Ranked #46 of 438 things to do in Budapest
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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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“Wonderful art collection!”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

The location of the building is very nice, on a hill which is steps away from St. Mathias Church. The temporary exhibition was about Dada and it was delightful. The were rare pieces and was very well developed.
There are two more collections, one about hungarian history paintings and the other is a Museum of History.
Is so large that was not crowded.
Visitor shouldn't miss this landmark

Visited July 2014
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“Great exhibit, unacceptable treatment of patrons”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Dada exhibit today which wss great. However, there is a craft exhibit this weekend that the exhibit exit dumps out into. As soon as we exited the street and were trying to find our way out we were confronted by the craft fair security for not having "wristbands" for the fair. He did not speak english although we tried to explain- and were escorted out like criminals. We felt this was unacceptable to be treated as such after paying for the exhibit- it really put a damper on our mood and experience.

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“Great collection of art!”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Great collection of Hungarian art (only) in the main galleries but don't let that put you off. We spent a good few hours strolling around the permanent collection which was very clearly split into different periods. You have to pay (a very small amount) if you want to take pictures. Only slight issue was queuing for tickets (about 30 minutes) even though it wasn't busy. The two people serving were extremely slow, and then the two people on the information desk insisted on stopping everybody to give a detailed explanation of the map and to promote the audio guide. It was all very strange! Despite this...I would still recommend this national gallery. It helps that the gallery is part of the royal palace, which is in a beautiful part of the city with stunning views.

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“Insight Into Hungarian Art”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

I always like to visit museums with an emphasis on regional or national art. This is a good one, since all the art is Hungarian, or by non-native artists who lived in Hungary.

On the plus side, admission is cheap by museum standards, and there is an inexpensive and tasty cafe right inside the door, to the right of the desk.

The collection is extensive, and ranges from a few really beautiful pieces, to some that technically good, but just lack life, inspiration somehow. I particularly liked Skylark Song and The Cellist, and there was a large, interesting gallery devoted to three artists. I particularly enjoyed the small, but very fine gallery of prints. Wish there would have been more of those.

On the upper floors, there are some beautiful views through the windows, which are casually flung open. (Which might account for the cracked condition of many of the paintings- even comparatively recent ones.) As an exhibition space, the palace is superb- spacious, roomy, and airy. The tour buses seem to avoid it, so it is comfortable and peaceful to walk around in, and the gardens outside are lovely, with even more stunning views.

On the negative side, the lighting on some of the pieces is just dreadful. You can't see them well from any angle because the glare is so bad. There were some monumental pieces on the landings that you could not see at all, and I would have liked to, since they were clearly considered important representations of Hungarian history.

Finally, another reviewer complained about lack of and cleanliness of bathroom facilities. We saw them on every floor, well marked, and found them to be clean.

Museum isn't world class, but is definitely worth a trip.

Visited August 2014
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“WORTH THE VISIT”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

LOCATION: within the ROYAL PALACE in BUDA CASTLE.
ACCESS: Take the Funicular (expensive and long queues under the July sun), the Public Bus or, as we did (two adults and a 13 year old chlild), the path (with stairs) left to the Funicular (about 10 minutes walk). Wear your sneakers....
OPENING HOURS: 10 am to 6 pm , Tuesday-Sunday.
ENTRANCE FEES: low priced (cash or credit card), (you have to pay for a permission to take photos).
AIR CONDITION: inadequate (only in the area of the wooden altars and in a room with paintings).
INFORMATION DESK: : friendly, fluent in english, german, provides the tourists with useful printed material.
EXHIBITIONS: Very interesting permanent collection of Medieval, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and 19th -20th century Hungarian artists who lived abroad. It also includes wood altars from the 15th century. (We didn't visit the temporary one). Beside the exhibits there are informations in English.
ESTIMATED TIME: 2-3 hours.
AUDIOGUIDE: Permanent exhibition: english, german, french, italian. Temporary one: english.
THE PALACE: The exterior of the palace is amazing, imposing. The interior is well preserved with the communist influence still obvious. The view is breathtaking.....

TIPS:1) It worths visiting the outdoor cafe-restaurant of the museum. During the noon -afternoon it is very shady with friendly service. Taste the HOMEMADE REFRESHING ICE TEA and the tasty italian pizza at a very reasonable price.

2) Visit the dome of the palace on the third floor for a remarkable view of the city. You might not have the chance to entrance the palace in the future because the Hungarian President has expressed his wish to make the museum into the presidential residence....

3) Keep your tickets as you will need them for free entrance at the restroom of the museum's indoor cafe.

4) Beside the funicular there is a kiosk that provides the tourists with water and refreshing, very cold homemade juices. Try one on a hot summer day although they aren't very cheap...

Visited July 2014
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