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“Interesting Museum”

House of Terror Museum
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Bike with Lunch
Ranked #31 of 462 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
Melbourne, Australia
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

I found this museum to be very well laid out, very well designed and full of information. The information was shocking and I feel like I learnt a lot. In every room you were given an A4 piece of paper with information in English and there were subtitles on the videos, other than that however there was very little information in English, a little more would have been useful to gain a better understanding!

Visited January 2014
Thank Kirsten F
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Hamburg, Germany
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“A powerful exhibit”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This museum devoted to Hungarian history under the oppressive regimes of the 20th century is hard to describe as 'enjoyable', but I'm glad I visited and would recommend anybody else travelling to Budapest does the same. The exhibits are fantastically put together, aesthetically and aurally, to fit the subject matter.

A handful of smaller items were lacking English descriptions, but by the time of my visit this aspect is far better than the older reviews suggest it was a few years ago. Every video now has English subtitles, and a large majority of the other exhibits also have English-language descriptions/explanations, so a lack of Hungarian knowledge certainly shouldn't put you off visiting.

I'd recommend this trip very highly to anybody who thinks the subject matter sounds interesting.

Visited January 2014
Thank Chris H
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Trondheim, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“I wish the museum had been better fitting for non-hungarian speakers”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was really a good and interesting museum, but unfortunately we, as non-hungarien speakers, did not understand too much. There were leaflets written in English, and English subtitels on the film clips shown, but all over it felt like we missed out on too much of the museum. Still, I am glad we went, as it gave insight to a history we hadn't heard much about (hardly anything at all). We could visit old cells and turture chambers (we guessed, as the inscription on the walls were written in hungarian), and certainly left there a bit touched.

Visited July 2013
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Wigan, England
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“Very informative on some dark times”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Tells the history of Hungary in very informative albeit somber way. Whilst I knew about the WWII history of the Jews I really didn't know much about the period under Communist rule, this museum brought it to life and explained what life was like and the terrible conditions and threats the Hungarians lived with. Parts of the attraction are pretty grim and a reminder of how cruel we can be as humans to each other. It definitely gives you a perspective, especially listening to the stories of real people on the media tapes and you realise some of these things happened not that long ago. Whilst a lot of the exhibits are in Hungarian there are A4 papers for each exhibit that explain in English and it gives you the overview of the story. A must do if you want to learn more about the history of the country

Visited January 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

The museum is long, it covers a long period and ther is a lot of information at once. Its not an easy museum. Especially because in every room they leave a sheet of paper with the explanation of hungarian history. Besides reading everything in the museum, you have to read another 25 pages. I still recommend it, but go with time to spare. Probably an audioguide would help. I believe the best part is the dungeon/prison cells that were actually used. Its a pretty tough experience. You will leave the museum in state of awe. I don't believe the museum has a friendly "go", but if you like history its a great place.

Visited August 2013
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