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“A nice diversion if you are a roman ruins junkie, and great kids areas”
Review of Aquincum Museum

Aquincum Museum
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$21.64*
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Ranked #116 of 459 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.
Roberts Creek, Canada
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“A nice diversion if you are a roman ruins junkie, and great kids areas”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

Completely agree with other reviews below. Access is by HEV suburban train. Just ask your hotel reception for directions. Don't try to figure it out yourself. A Budapest transit day pass covers this train line. Once at the aquincum station, turn right a walk BACK about 500 m to the entrance. Ruins are definitely interesting. Not a grand as some other sites, but not trivial either. Museum is interesting, worth paying the small extra fee for it. My husband is a real Roman ruins lover and he was not blown away. Me, being a novice, tired of seeing other typical museums, I had a lovely visit.
There is also a great little kids playground, and an interactive exhibit aimed at older kids.

Visited August 2014
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“Should have read all reviews”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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“Not a must-see”
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.

Visited August 2014
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“A Town Of Significant Importance In The Roman World”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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“Nice but only when you have some spare time”
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!

Visited July 2014
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