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“Disappointing”
Review of Szepmuveszeti Muzeum - CLOSED

Szepmuveszeti Muzeum
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Fee: Yes
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.
Lagos, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

To tell you the truth, I felt cheated and robbed at this museum. They charged me (and everyone else, I suppose) the full price to see the permanent exhibition when only 1 out of the 3 exhibition floors was open and available to be visited. The space in that floor was lousily organised; it felt like walking inside a maze. It is true that they have a few works by renowned painters but none of them representative or significant.

Visited November 2013
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Aarhus, Denmark
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“Go for the temporary exhibits”
Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Keep an eye open for temporary exhibits, as though they are pricier you can also get discounted fees and the ticket includes a visit to the permanent collection. I saw an Italian baroque exhibition, from artists sorrounding the figure of Caravaggio which was well worth it.

I got the feeling that the guards follow you around with suspicion all the time and felt unconfortable more than once, but it was nothing overtly rude.

I believe you have to go there if in Budapest. Beware of tripadvisor's location, as it didn't appear on my map (offline app) but it is next to the heroes' square.

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New York City, New York
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“A world-class museum”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

This museum, which can be called Fine Arts Museum for the Hungarian Language challenged, is a bit out of the way of other well-known monuments. It is very large and has a surprising collection of old masters. There was no way to cover the museum in one visit. There was a special exhibition "Caravaggio to Tiepolo" that included some unexpected treasures. But, the permanent collection is not to be missed, and unfortunately, I missed quite a lot of it. The Flemish and Dutch paintings had been reinstalled, and I didn't get to see those galleries.

It's a metro ride from downtown, in Pest.

Visited November 2013
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“Must visit for artists”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

There are a permanent exhibition and temporary one(s). During my visit the temporary exhibition was dedicated to Cezanne and I loved the way it was organized. At the entrance to the hall you see the plan, the works were hanging from the early student works to his late years at the exit. Being a student the artist copied masterpieces and there were shown the original of his studies and his copy near it so you can compare and study his manner. The permanent exhibition was also amazing. You are allowed taking photos by paying additional fee.You should make notes or take photos because at the moment I don't remember the works I saw but I studied how the artists created texture effects - gold gawns, metal dishes, wooden tables, glass bottles etc. It was a big lesson.

Visited December 2012
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Haifa, Israel
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“A world class collection”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

This museum features a fabulous collection of European paintings from the 13th century on. Unfortunately the entire first floor is presently closed to visitors. Still, it is more than worthwhile your time to see the vast collection on the second floor, wherein you can easily spend half a day.
Photography is permitted only with an extra payment, and the army of guards are watching every step of yours.

Visited September 2013
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