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“Surprisingly good”

Budapest History Museum
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Ranked #87 of 472 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: Permanent collections at this prestigious museum include the Medieval Royal Palace of the Buda Castle, Budapest In the Middle Ages and Gothic Sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda.
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“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

I was quite surprised to find this museum so interesting. It was very informative a tracked the history of Budapest from before the Romans and until today. Some of the periods of course had more attention than others. Especially the part that showed the development from the earæly 20th century and until today I found very interesting.

Visited February 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Good introduction to Hungarian History”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Based in the Castle Royal Palace we had a really interesting couple of hours here learning all about how Hungary was created and the origins of both Pest and Buda cities. There is an amazing collection of clocks and oriental objects as well as the exposing of the earlier castle layouts / rooms in the basement areas. A must visit.

Visited February 2014
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Durban, South Africa
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“The Budapest Backstory”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

The displays were very well done, and as English speakers (and Russian, but that didn't help us at all) we had no problem reading everything presented.

It gave a very good background to the history of Budapest, with many items on display to illustrate each era.

We visited with two teenagers and a 10-year-old boy, and they were all quite interested in the entire thing.

Visited December 2013
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“Visit the "Budapest 1000 Years" exhibit”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I recommend that if this"1000 Years" exhibit is still open, go to see it on your first day. It will give you an excellent perspective on the historical sites around the center of the city and their significance in Hungarian history. I came out of it understanding a lot more than when I came in.
The rest of the museum is kind of pedestrian - lots to see but very little explanation (except if you understand Hungarian). Some renovation work was going on the corridors, so the entrance fee was discounted form 1800 to 1000 forint.

Visited October 2013
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“A little strange, but interesting nonetheless”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

While this museum undoubtedly covers a lot of the history of Budapest (from prehistory up until modern times) it does so in rather a strange way. In some exhibits there is hardly any explanation of what you are looking at. There were quite a few artefacts with only Hungarian information (of course it is unrealistic to expect perfect translations, but a little would go a long way here!).

That said, the museum is not expensive and, if you have trekked all the way up to the castle, you could do worse than spend a little time learning about the city.

Visited March 2013
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