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Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
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Ranked #106 of 486 things to do in Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Hungarian Jewish Museum is located in the heart of Budapest, in the Historical Jewish quarter, within the building complex of the Dohany Street Synagogue that was built in 1859. The idea of an independent Jewish Museum arose in 1909, when our Museum was founded. The first home of the collection made up of approximately 1,500 artefacts was an apartment downtown Budapest. The Jewish Museum found its final home in 1932 at the building designed by Laszlo Vago and Ferenc Farago, which was constructed next to the Dohany street synagogue in a matching architectural style. In 1942 two employees of the Hungarian National Museum hid the valuable artefacts of the Jewish Museum in the cellar. Thanks to their bravery the entire rich collection exists today. The permanent exhibition was rearranged in 2017, displaying the Jewish festivals and lifecycle. Our Milev-App The Milev-app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We first went through the synagogue which was wonderful! Then entered the museum which was very interesting with all of the historical artifacts and history of the Budapest Jews, including the holocust. As you exit there is a sacred garden with burial plots of those who died during the holocust. Further on is a stainless steel willow tree with the names and dates of those who died during this period in history. Well worth visiting

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

well worth the money and tragic history including the photos, memorial monument and holocaust centre,,,,
def worth the visit...

Thank jardden
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This small museum attached to the Great Synagogue has some beautiful artifacts from European and Hungarian Jewish heritage (the 17th Century Italian Seder plates are a good example), and the layout according to events in the Jewish calendar was nicely done. However the museum is cramped, crowded and not particularly well signed (either to find the museum, or to understand the interior displays). I thought the section on the Holocaust was particularly inadequate. The previous day I had visited the Holocaust Memorial Center a few blocks away, and that is a significantly better document of that period in history.
It would be good if the National Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Center would combine forces and provide for a combined ticket - thereby acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of each facility and encouraging visitors to attend each.

2  Thank Tim R
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

I understand this is the largest synagogue in Europe, it has a capacity of 3500 for the large Jewish community that lived peacefully in Budapest until WW2 and the arrival of Nazism. Our tour guide was a Ruby Wax type Jewish lady who really takes no nonsense, so listen up and pay attention. We went to the Museum that is also in the building and a more gentle guide gave us a fantastic insight into the Jewish faith and its role in Hungarian society. Its a must visit, beautiful building and a dark chapter of Hungarian and European history.

1  Thank quiggers
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

I expected the museum to be a bit bigger and to have better exponates. The interactive board is the only thing I liked in the museum.

Thank Eva649
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