For a history buff like myself, who must get to know the people, I thoroughly recommend this exhibit. I am always surprised by what man can do to one another. It is museums like this that will hopefully prevent it from happening again. I appreciate the many student groups we saw at this exhibit, however, they do tend to crowd out the place...keep your cool, it is all good. Seasoned travellers expect these things in an ex-communism country,right?
The tour is laid out like an Ikea store, one direction for all travel. I used Rick Steve's book as a guide, (awesome BTW) which is better than the audio guide. Don't waste you time with this...too confusing and wordy. However, you will need something as very little English is there, so be prepared.
The place is air-conditioned and has plenty of places to rest your feet as you absorb the many interesting and shocking facts during this double occupation. We spent 3 hours there and meant to spend 2! So watch your time...it will slip away.
Don't miss the basement, despite the long wait for the elevator. Even if you take the stairs down, the cellar presentation really hits home.
Well done Budapest! I am sorry you suffered, but I am glad you speak about it today to all of us.
Hint: if you carry a large backpack, you will have to store it in the cafe. I would travel lighter to this place. Oh, and no photos. Coffee here is awful...skip it. Better cafés down the street.