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House of Terror Museum
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
Reviewed October 3, 2012

One of the best museums I have been to. Brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful explanations about the history. I would highly recommend going and giving yourself 2-3 hours.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

A thorough exhibition detailing a frightening life under Nazi and then Communist rule through pictures, filmed interviews of victims and information sheets. The first introduction is in the vestibule while you are waiting to buy tickets - film of a man talking about the senseless murder of people and then breaking down into tears. The lift foyer to the start of the exhibition has photos of the victims lining the walls and a full size tank sitting in a pool of oil. This place is not for the faint hearted.

Unfortunately some of the historical films do not have English subtitles so it is hard to know where and when exactly the footage was from, but the meaning is very clear.

If you have time, it is worthwhile watching the personal interviews - mothers talking about their husbands just returned from the war and then being taken while they are left to raise many children on their own, another talks about seeing a mother with 2 very young children fetching water and being wretched away from her children by Communist soldiers to replace a body they had thrown from the train in order to meet their 'quota' of workers for the Soviet work camps. An interesting film was of a former (female) prison guard meeting up with former female prisoners at the work camp.

A number of rooms are like art installations, providing some respite from the details and time for reflection.

The museum seems to stop at the 1956 revolution without explanation.
The finale is the Perpetrators Gallery - with indications that many of these people are still living.

Outside on the pavement is a sculpture of 'The Iron Curtain' and looking up at the building you can see the words 'Terror' highlighted onto it.

Thank Robbo_from_Sydney
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a very thought-provoking musuem. Particularly the restored torture cells in its basement. The musuem is reasonably priced and there is an audio guide available for around 1200 Huf. I would recommend using the audio guide because if you do not there are sheets in each room in english, but each one is like a mini essay, being a side of A4 and it is alot to take in.

Thank Heather C
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This museum is an eye opening experience from start to finish. The cost is minimal and it is easy to spend several hours if you are interested in history. Some of the videos were very graphic, and listening to the interviews of people who lived through this time brought a tear to the eye. The displays are well done and informative, the basement interrogation rooms have such a feeling of hopelessness, it is really a very moving and emotional experience. I am very glad I went. I was behind a tour group of students, and it can get crowded, so allow ample time to see everything.

Thank Rick S
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a very high quality interactive museum that deals with a very difficult subject. I found it particularly sobering near the end of the tour standing inside a little closet where 'class enemies' were locked up for long stretches between interrogations. Very troubling but highly recommended.

Thank shutt3rbug
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