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Review of Aquincum Museum

Aquincum Museum
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$23.17*
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Ranked #101 of 475 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 August 7, 2014

Aquincum Museum is actually a pretty cool Roman site. Getting there was not too problematic, despite lack of English guidance on subway and HEV. The problem is that there isn't any specific directions once you get off train. We were waylaid by the ruins close to station. One would think that after all the years of review on Aquincum that the townspeople could have put up one sign pointing the direction of ruins. The museum has limited exhibits. Outside, the Painters House was really well put together. If they had funding, they should put up more displays of this nature. Overall a good day trip, it was a tossup going to Aquincum or to the Natural History museum. If you are all museumed out, it is a nice alternative if you like Roman history and old ruins. Nice little shopping mall across the tracks, good for lunch and refreshment stops.

Thank Della G
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Coming from a background in Classics I was excited to see the ruins at Aquincum; however, I left feeling disappointed. The staff were very detached and inattentive, and didn't offer any information regarding the site or exhibitions. The ruins themselves were poorly sign posted, with very limited explanations of the buildings. Parts of the museum had not been translated into English, which again made it very difficult to access information. I think this site has potential, but for me it was lacking in many respects.

Thank Anna_Covach-Brown
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

The archaeological park lies approximately 2 – 3 miles north of Budapest. It’s very easy to reach using the city’s metro and overland train network.

The park contains the part of the town that has been excavated to date. The remains on display are generally 2 – 4 feet high, but with some much more substantial remains – for example the very interesting bath complex and the meat market. There are quite a few information boards and diagrams scattered around the park to aid interpretation of the remains. There are no wall paintings or mosaics on display in the city remains, but the site does have 2 museums. One of them contains a display of tombstones, and some information on potential further development of the site, and the other contains a very interesting display of pottery, jewellery weapons and other items of everyday Roman life. Upstairs in that second museum are also artefacts from the Roman Governors Palace, which give an insight into the luxurious lifestyle of those officials.

There is also a reconstruction of a Roman house called the Painters House, which is interesting for the view it gives of a furnished Roman dwelling.

Including a photo permit (600 HUF and only necessary to be able to take pictures in the museum) entrance was 2200 HUF (around £6). What was odd was that a 4 lane highway and a railway line lie just outside the archaeological park, so there is constant modern traffic noise while walking around a town that’s 2000 years old.

To get to the site I recommend walking or taking the metro to Betthany Ter station and then the overland train from the same station. A return ticket from Betthany Ter to Aquincum was 1400 HUF (around £3.90) and the journey took 15 minutes. Trains departed about every 20 minutes. To get to the archaeological park, which can be seen from the train, just turn right after alighting and walk about 300 – 400 yards to the entrance.

Note that it’s not necessary to validate a ticket when travelling on the overland train network, just to be in possession of a valid ticket. However tickets must be validated, i.e. punched, when using the metro. There are yellow boxes on poles between the ticket office / machines and the escalators leading underground. There are usually inspectors checking tickets at those escalators, and also at random points in the tunnels at some stations. Public transport is free using the Budapest Card, which also gives discounts to many museums and other sights.

1  Thank Adrian2753
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Aquincum was nice but missed a wow-factor. We visited it in the summer and it was extremely hot so not really the ideal temperature for visiting open plains but we liked it anyway. The museum in the front is a nice modern museums with fun games for children and adults. While visiting the inside buildings like the reconstructed painter's house, staff follows you to keep an eye on you which isn't very pleasant. The information signs weren't always that easy to find and lacked interesting stories. That's definitely something they could work on. The painter's house that I mentioned gave us a nice image of how people used to live. Very nice!

1  Thank Ybraeckm
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

I had a superb afternoon there. The place wasn't that hard to find with my Triposo GPS map working, but I can imagine it can be quite difficult if you're not that fluent with smart phones and applications and all that. There's no signs around there, and the museum entrance is actually on the otherside of the place from the bus stop. The fee isn't much at all, so it's not an investment. The museum area has maps of the old city, telling what was where and who lived in this house and that, so picturing all those stories in your head can be quite fun. The area is also quite large, and I'm not even sure if I had time to see everything.

There wasn't much staff around when I was visiting, and I didn't go into the museums, so I cannot comment on their knowledge or anything, but I liked my visit very much. It also seems like that they have some ground left to dig at still, 'cause I was just walking around there, imagining to be an archeologist (National Geography made my childhood, yes).

The facilities seemed to be in good condition, and they had this superfun-looking playground for kids.

Don't get this place mixed up with the Aquincum Amphitheater, that is not a paid museum, just a kind park to hang out at.

Thank Eeva U
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