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Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlekmuzeum)
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Hungarian Liszt”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

People in Hungary adore Liszt and this museum plays up his part in bringing Hungarian music onto the world stage. He lived a life in three cities,including Rome and Weimar, and you can visit Liszt house/museums in these cities too. This one in Budapest has a large number of rarely seen portraits, all carefully hung for best effect, and on the floor are half a dozen pianos of different sorts, none of which you can play in case they fall apart!

A famous European traveller all his life, Liszt was presented with hundreds of gifts from his fans, and many of these have wound up here, making a fascinating collection. Furniture items are either authentic or authentically restored, and all of Liszt's most 'patriotic' Hungarian musical works are lovingly displayed. The audio guides are modern, informative and discreet. You don't need to know a note of music.

Getting to the museum is best on what they claim is Europe's oldest metro - a cute, ricketty, two-coach affair that drops you right underneath the door in beautiful Andrassy ut boulevard, at the tiny Vorosmarty utca Station.

Visited September 2012
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“If your into music or hungarian history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

This was a very specialized museum, for Listz, but if u have a music lover or a hungarian history buff in your crowd its worth a visit. Its a small museum and not that expensive, two rooms of a few of his personal items and busts of him and a few other composers.

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“A real gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

As others before me have noted, the museum is easier to find once you locate the House of Terror. They're not directly ACROSS the street from one another. The House of Terror is on Andrassy ut. About a block or so away, at the intersection of Andrassy ut. and Vorosmarty utca is the Liszt museum. There is a small plaque on Andrassy (see pics) and the modest entrance is on Vorosmarty ut. The exhibit opens at 10 am, and as you enter the building you will have to climb some stairs, as though you're going to visit someone at home (which you are, in a manner of speaking). The audio guide is a must, and a separate ticket is required for pictures (no flash photography). The best part, for us at least, was getting the place to ourselves for over an hour! It was one of the highlights of our stay in Budapest!

Visited July 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Audio Guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

This museum wasn't on my 'must see' list for Budapest, but it was extremely enjoyable. The museum consists of three rooms filled with Liszt memorabilia which, perhaps without the audio guide, wouldn't have held as much interest, however with the audio guide was fascinating. We were there about an hour which was just the right amount of time to sustain our interest. Look out for the funny little shoe covers that you have to wear to preserve the floor - definitely a camera moment!!

Visited April 2012
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Liszt's last apartment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2011

This museum isn't sign-posted so it's not the easiest place to find. It's located on Vorosmarty utca, on the opposite side of the road from the Terror Museum. Open the unassuming front door and you need to go up a flight of stairs to reach the exhibition.

Adult entry fee was 900Ft. (approx. £3 or $5 at current exchange rate). Note that if you want to take photos it costs an additional 1100Ft., and the audio guided tour, which I'd recommend, costs another 700Ft. There are three rooms, containing: three grand pianos, various other types of pianos that Liszt played, bookshelves of music, bed, desk with pullout keyboard made by Bosendorfer, many portraits and busts, prayer desk, casts of his hands, and bits and pieces of memorabilia associated with perhaps the greatest pianist in history. Of course, the keyboards of all the pianos are covered so you can't play them, but you can hear what they sound like if you take the audio guide.

You shouldn't need more than an hour to view this museum thoroughly. Pianists and musicians will naturally be drawn here, but anyone with a passing interest in classical music/western culture ought to find a visit a rewarding experience.

Visited July 2011
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