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“Amazing, astounding, shocking!”

Holocaust Memorial Center
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Ranked #49 of 595 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Spent two hours in there could have spent double, easy. See this in conjuction with the house of terror and the shoes on the danube for a truly humbling experience. I know a bit about the holocaust but never realised how badly hungarian jews were treated not only by the nazis but by there own people. This centre has some shocking moments even for someone who has watched his fair share of documentaries. The centre is presented brilliantly with a number of ways to take in the information and plenty of personal stories to really make it hit home. You will never forget this place or what happened.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Budapest's Holocaust Memorial Center gives an open and honest account of a difficult part of the country's past. There is nothling like it in Hungary's neigboring countries, all of which were also involved in the Holocaust.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

This has to be one of the best memorial museums I have been to. It is all audio visual and plenty of English to get you through it without a guide. An adult ticket is 1400 florint. We spent about an hour and a half in here but could have stayed a lot longer, the reason for that is because we did not read everything nor did we listen to all of the audio stands. The videos are great as they are first played in Hungarian and then in English, the last video I found very harrowing and I think it was harder to watch than the video they show in Auschwitz so some people may not want to watch as it is brutally honest in showing what happened at the camps. This museum is definitely one to visit as it is different to any other holocaust memorial I have visited because it focuses more on the memories of the victims as you can follow different families stories throughout the museum.

3  Thank PocketFullOfShell
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This museum is focused on the Holocaust in Hungary, and approaches the subject a bit differently than some other similar museums in other countries. The museum is organized thematically rather than chronologically, and follows several personal stories of victims. There are a lot of interactive computers with lots of video, photos, and information (data, graphs, charts, maps, etc.). Everything is presented in both English and Hungarian, with the English being very well written.

I would strongly recommend visiting the museum to anyone in Budapest. It's a bit off the beaten path, but gives a good perspective to understanding the struggles of Hungary during WWII. As with all Holocaust exhibits, some images and video can be quite disturbing, but it is presented in a way that allows the visitor to have a strong personal, emotional experience.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a well thought out memorial. We spent a long time watching short films and looking at all the photos and write ups. We had quite a few tears also.
Visiting here made me realise what a blessed life I am living

1  Thank Sandra S
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