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“Intriguing slice of history”
Review of Aquincum Museum

Aquincum Museum
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$22.84*
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Ranked #103 of 485 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: The remains of a former military garrison of the Roman province of Pannonia include a large amphitheater for 1,600 spectators.
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A bit off the beaten track, this wonderful museum with surrounding Roman ruins is a train ride outside of Budapest, but well worth the ride. There are pieces of Roman acquaduct in the median of the road. the museum is quite new, and has just the right amount of material for a one-hour visit.

The water-driven organ, circa 266 AD, is fascinating. the current special exhibit looks at the finds from the point of view of the workers who uncovered or worked with them. A unique insight into the deeper meaning of the pieces.

Outside of the museum, one can walk among the many ruins looking at mosaic floors, how the houses were constructed, the drainage systems, bath heating and the like. It's quiet, peaceful, and worth the time, if you have it to spare.

Thank Marshal G
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I will try to avoid repeating the comments in other reviews and just cover a few points.

Finding it: Take the HEV northbound and get out at Aquincum. Don’t be teased by the sight of ruins to the west of the tracks. Cross the main road and head back the way you came until you see the main site shortly after passing under the road bridge. Don’t take the road on the left along the boundary but carry on down the main road until you have passed the site and eventually get to the clearly signed entrance. There is plenty of parking if you are coming by car.

This place will get pretty hot on a sunny day so consider going early or taking something to shade you. You have to buy an additional ticket for the museum itself but it is worth it as the better objects are in there. There are also a few bronze age and Beaker people artefacts.

The Painter’s House is an interesting reconstruction of a Roman villa which feels convincing, while the rest of the site is largely ruins – though the two Kronoscopes do bring it to life (you look through and they display a reconstruction of the site as it would have been) as you scan the area.

Other recent reviewers have commented on things being closed. When we went in May 2013 everything was open.

I would not put this in my top ten of Roman antiquity attractions, but if you have an interest in the subject it is worth the visit.

3  Thank Jandelle
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

This museum includes a large outdoor area which you can walk through and read about. Make sure you check the website for opening times for the outdoor area as it is not open all year round. Don't miss the "telescope" to see what the town might have looked like. The indoor museum is quite good, too, and has a number of fun activities for children.

Thank Niki J
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

If you are interested in the history of Roman Hungary (Pannonia) then this might be worth a trip, but it is in the middle of nowhere - bus or tram plus walk (taxi pricey). The museum itself is limited and they have just as much about pre-Roman history as they do about Aquincum itself. The best part of the museum is the semi-excavated ruins on the museum grounds (and scattered along the corridor back towards the Arpad Bridge). The outside was closed the day we were there - this is fairly nonsensical and was a major disappointment. From a small hill we could see the rough scope of the site but it would have been more interesting to wander among them. Go only if you are really interested in the subject matter else give it a pass.

Thank mlahm
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

The outside ruins, the reason we went to the museum, were closed. Very disappointing. We toured the inside of the museum. Lots of interactive stuff for children. I would have enjoyed this much more had I been able to walk the outside ruins. The inner museum has some things of interest, but not worth a trip in and of itself.

Thank Lester L
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