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“A fine arts museum that stands proudly among its brother museums around the world!”
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Szepmuveszeti Muzeum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest houses the most significant European Art collection of the region between Vienna and St. Petersburg. The exhibitions halls delight visitors with an array of splendid compositions by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall, among many others. In 2007 the museum joined the ranks of those museums that attract the highest numbers of visitors worldwide.The Museum of Fine Arts was built as part of the celebrations surrounding the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary and was inaugurated by King and Emperor Franz Joseph on December 1, 1906. The building simultaneously recalls both an antique temple and a Renaissance palace. The Egyptian Art Collection of the museum is one of the richest of its kind in Central Europe. The Classical Antiquities Collection embraces the entire period of antiquity. The Old Masters’ Collection is represented by around three thousand paintings of the most important eras of European painting from the 13th till the end of the 18th century. Visitors can enjoy the famous sculptures of Sansovino, Riemenschneider and Messerschmidt, in the newly renovated rooms of the new permanent collection of the Old Sculptures Collection in 2013. The Prints and Drawings Collection is an inexhaustible treasure trove embracing the history of drawing and reproductive techniques in Europe. Its approximately 10 000 drawings and 100 000 prints can be seen in the course of temporary exhibitions. The Department of Art after 1800 covers the works of world famous artists as well.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

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.

Thank Charming_Karl
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Thera are (in the last 5-8 Year always) very good exhibitions. The last was the Cezanne. Van Gogh was in 2006, and later was herre the Mucha exhibition, too.

Thank H K
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

This place is huge and has an amazing collection. I've only seen the paintings but it took me more than 5 hours! Many are really interesting if you like art. Some are famous ones. There is a nice collection of Belgian paintings from the 17th century as well. I also went to the temporary exhibit on Cézanne and it was also quite good.

The price ranges from +-1500HUF (european students with student card) to +-4000HUF full price to have access to the resident collection and the special exhibit. There is also a café where you can have some food and drinks. The museum is easilly accessible with the subway but the building itself might not be wheelchair accessible since there are a lot of staircases and i've seen no elevator. But I haven't really looked around so... same problem for the subway.

It's really a must when in Budapest!

Thank BrusselsCha
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We visited the museum of fine arts for about 5 hours and this was not enough to absorb the great selection of art displayed here. Strongly recommended to spend a whole day visiting the 2 or 3 different exhibitions.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

You need to allow a good two hours just to skim the surface of this amazing museum. Some of the collection changes, but much is permanently on display. The exhibits range from ancient Egyptian artefacts to Bridget Riley optical art - with many of the world's masters thrown in for good measure (El Greco, Picasso, Reynolds to name but three). The collection is particularly strong on religious art from the medieval period, with some fantastic alter pieces. There is also a sculpture gallery and regularly changing exhibitions. Today we saw Cezanne, which very cleverly demonstrated how he drew his inspiration from old masters, with works juxtaposed against each other. There is excellent signage in English. The entry fee is about £5 for the permanent display and £10 to include the Cezanne. And, unlike in UK galleries, you actually get to see the pictures as it is not too crowded!

Thank Roland D
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