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“Worth a visit for historical reasons”
Review of Aquincum Museum

Aquincum Museum
Ranked #98 of 599 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 June 3, 2013

I recently visited Aquincum, a partially dug and restored Roman town from the first century CE, on the Danube. I have seen Roman ruins in Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Aquincum is a bit of a disappointment when compared to the amphitheatre and ruins at Ephesus or the bath at Bath, UK, but one needs to remember that it was a garrison town, and not a cultural centre. In any case it is worth a visit because it is part of our western cultural heritage. It is extensive and well-cared for and will occupy a couple of hours of your time. After seeing the restored dig, a visit to the museum is well-worthwhile. For young people you can try your hand at being a gladiator or potter, etc. You can reach Aquincum using the urban train (HEV) from Budapest (if you have a Budapest bus pass you do not need and extra ticket). One gets off at Aquincum. Directions from there are not well-marked. You must walk back (towards town) about 1 km to reach the ruins and the museum. Not the highest of vacation priorities but worth a trip nevertheless.

5  Thank Feodor_Dostoevsky
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We went yesterday to the aquincum site using the hev train. At the aquincum train station, we arrived in a no man's land with absolutely no directions, neither maps, nor any kind of information to find the museum. In addition, the amphitheater is not well taken of : very high grass, not cut since a long time, with old paint on barriers. We looked for the museum that we did not find. On our way back, after a few minutes of train, we finally saw it but it was too late.
To the attention of museum management : at the train station, put some king of directions in order to be found

2  Thank martine a
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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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