For Hungarian art and culture, there are many other places one can (and very much should) go in Budapest - the National Gallery, for example. But to get a more cosmopolitan approach, to see your fair share of old European Masters (Dutch, Italian, etc.), this is the place to go.
Our experience of the museum was colored a bit by the fact that the day we went there was an unseasonably hot day. By the time our taxi arrived in Hero's Square and deposited us at the steps of the museum, all we wanted was to be somewhere cool. The museum was, to its credit, fairly comfortable.
As for the collection, we stuck mainly to the Renaissance and early Baroque, and enjoyed the paintings we saw. The galleries had the kind of majesty you expect in a major art museum. Most of them had laminated cards giving explanations of the art and artists hanging in them.
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