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“Step back and ponder”

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
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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 March 9, 2014

I am not a great museum person too much reminder of inhumanity between men. that being said this one is worth seeing because of the story. the museum part is not large but the grounds and the Synagogue are very calming. On the grounds are small gardens and walls with plaque with the names of victims, and a sculpture that looks like a tree with small silver leafs each with the name of a non survivor.

Thank Dan K
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We spent over two hours visiting the Synagogue, Holocaust memorial and Jewish Museum as there was so much to see. You will leave with a clear picture of the large jewish community in Budapest from mid 17th c onwards and the impact of the 2 month ghetto created in late 1944.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is a great little museum, which is located by the big synagogue.
The museum features the history of Jews in Hungary and their sad fate during WWII.
It's heartbreaking, but a must visit.
You can skip the guided tour, as the exhibits are both in Hungarian and English.

Thank TheShis
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The synagogue is so beautiful. We stayed in a b&b just across and enjoyed this view from our balcony. Inside it is quite curious because it has a lot of multicultural elements and differs from a classic synagogue. The guided tour inside was very informative. The museum itself was not as good in my opinion, but the synagogue part is a must.

Thank nekoandrita
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

A most moving experience. You quietly proceed through the magnificence of the synagogue almost hearing the hushed prayers of thousands of worshipers over generations. Then you gaze at the splendid articles preserved in the museum and think of the culture and family and learning that these items represent. If that activity does not elevate your soul then you are less than human. Finally a walk in the back garden and memorial area shocks you back to reality. The slaughter of the innocents by the Nazis and their Hungarian fellow-travelers is vividly made real through the vast number of names listed on the Tree of Death. We shall never forget.

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