Hungarian National Museum
Hungarian National Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The history of Hungary and its people through the ages is covered in many magnificent exhibits and works of art. Count Ferenc Széchényi, one of Hungary’s most eminent aristocrats offered his collection of books, maps and medals for the benefit of hisbeloved country in 1802. His example had been followed by many- the Palatine himself, aristocrats, citizens, fellow Hungarians and even some counties! What we call today the Hungarian National Museum had evolved from these donations. The construction of one of the most beautiful classicist palaces of Hungary began in 1837 based on the plans of Mihály Pollack. By 1846, exhibitions had beensetup in the building. On 15th March 1848 the revolutionary youth of the era declared its ideas of freedom from the stairs of the museum. These ideas then formed the basis of societal reforms and modernisation taking place in Hungary.
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  • tmp0010
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom86 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive collection let down by lack of interpretation
    A mixed review. Beautiful building and carefully well laid out exhibits charting Hungarian history. Very little interpretation in English. Some small signs to read but felt they could do a lot more to explain the history of the country. Bit disappointing. Very pleasant cheap cafe in basement.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Candice M
    Swanley, United Kingdom766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Our first visit when arriving in Budapest was to this museum. Its really interesting and we were concerned about all the steps but the staff were very helpful and escorted us to a lift which made it possible for us to see Al, the exhibits. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and many interesting artifacts as well as the actual building itself which is beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Aquinasmagister
    Hatfield, United Kingdom370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of riches! A fantastic museum
    This was a fantastic visit. I know a few reviews here say they find staff in museums and galleries in Budapest rude. We have never found this, ever. They are a bit reserved and often their English isn’t fantastic (but how’s your Hungarian?). We found the staff friendly and polite. They ask you where you’re from for statistical purposes, which helps them work out where visitors come from abd what marketing they need to do. To the review: while they don’t have audio guides in English (yet) every exhibit is listed in English and Hungarian, and done very well. The only bit that wasn’t was the library, perhaps unsurprisingly. This museum of FULL of riches. The sheer number of gold silver and bronze instruments utensils and jewellery was astonishing. Then the 1000+ year old embroider coronation silk cope, numerous crowns from Byzantine period through to later. Romanesque enamels and much much more with a great exhibition of the history of Hungary through its art and artefacts. We spent several hours in here. The Roman lapidarium and large mosaic floor alone took us nearly an hours. Two cafes (one in the basement) with good coffee and cloakroom lockers on ground floor by the coffee shop and two staffed cloakrooms in the basement. Highly recommended. A great museum and the staff we encountered are clearly proud of their nations artefacts and history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Francesco D.
    Udine, Italy335 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give it a chance
    We find this Museum inside a sumptuous neoclassical building, which is accessed via an imposing portico with columns with a Corinthian capital, surmounted by a tympanum on which the personified sciences and arts are sculpted. Inside, beyond the reception, the main staircase opens up, on the walls of which we find rich frescoes by Hungarian painters. The museum is divided into several floors, along which the history of Hungary is discovered. In the basement, in addition to the cloakroom, we find the Roman lapidarium, which is a collection of stone monuments from the Roman era found in ancient Pannonia. The remaining floors deal with the history of Hungary, starting from the archaeological section (ground floor) up to modern history (first floor), passing through the various wars up to the fall of the communist regime. Worthy of note is the collection of Count Ferenc Széchényi, consisting of around 2,000 gold coins, 12,000 books, manuscripts and maps, and various antiques. It is certanly not among the most exciting museums ever seen, as Hungarian art and history are mostly unknown and perhaps underappreciated, but if you are in Budapest it is right to give it a chance.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Jean B
    Ann Arbor, Michigan29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum now has signage in English too
    A very interesting museum in a beautiful building. Well worth a visit. Our guidebook said nothing was marked in English, but there was an English audio tour. When we got there, we were told the audio tours were not available because they are being “refreshed “, but the signage has been updated. Some of the small signs are still just in Hungarian, but most of the signs, including the big overall information in each room, are now dual in Hungarian and English. The displays and discussions about what you are seeing are absolutely excellent. There was a little coffee shop at the entrance that we did not try. We also really appreciate it that there are benches in many places, as this is a big museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Tamar W
    Dover, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wheelchair accessibility
    Wheelchair accessibility- with my manual wheelchair I had to go in a staff entrance. Really helpful staff. There's elevators/lifts and they took me around the back stairs to get to each floor (and through a staff only library and study area which was interesting). But there is one set of steps (around 4 steps) that the staff had to tip me back and bounce the chair down. Bit scary but he'd obviously done it plenty of times. Also, no good for an electric wheelchair. There are stair lifts on some stairs but I didn't use them because of the route they took me. It was also free entrance for myself and one companion.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • heath
    13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building is amazing
    The building was amazing but it was lacking in the world war 2 information. Also found the guards stood in front of the exhibitions which was awkward. Really enjoyed the silver with the Greek mythology but that’s personal preference.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Sparkles
    198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building and wonderful displays
    We loved our visit to this Museum. It’s an incredibly stunning building both inside and out. The information is displayed both in Hungarian and English and takes you through the history of Hungary. It is in not too much detail so it is enjoyably digestible: you don’t feel like your head will explode by the end like it does in some museums. We also loved the idea the more unusual way it was laid out and displayed - maybe focusing on the more unknown parts or highlighting things you may not know about. We loved the 1848 area and the bit about Soviet occupation and post that era. The coronation mantle is also beautiful to see in all its glory. There is also reduced ticket prices for adults travelling with children.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • MN_Walkers
    Minneapolis, Minnesota615 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well organized museum
    Very high quality museum. The exhibits give you a walk through the history of Hungary and the peoples of the Carpathian Basin from the earliest known residents through the fall of the Communist regime. It was interesting to learn about all of the different peoples who migrated through this area. There is also an impressive exhibit on silver. Very good English explanations throughout. We spent about two and a half hours.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
  • greatxpectations
    Lancashire, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learned a lot about the History of the formation of Hungary
    Pre booked and printed paper tickets so didn’t have to queue at entrance. Interesting communist era rooms with typical living quarters under that regime. Most interesting for us was the history of the creation of the Magyar Hungarian people of whom we knew very little. Typical museum with cloakroom which is free with a nice cafe area close by . Easy to find
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2024
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Laura
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Nice museum with plenty to look at and fairly priced however the staff were rude and myself and a friend had several encounters where we were rudely spoken to with no valid reason. Apparently we couldn’t carry backpacks around unless they were in our hands yet there were other people doing it who won’t spoken to at all, totally unnecessary
Written 16 May 2024
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Bill F
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I selected this as a "time-filler" option for our family vacation in Budapest and we used it on a rainy day. I get "museumed out" easily so didn't have high expectations but I was very pleasantly surprised. We took it causally and just wandered through the galleries and read displays that caught our eye. Its very well laid out and easy to navigate and digest. The displays and artifacts are interesting and we ended up covering all the rooms over the course of about an hour. The docents were weird about our jackets for reasons I don't understand (they didn't speak English and we don't speak Hungarian) but they wanted us to either wear our jackets (it was a bit hot in there) or check them at for free at the basement cloak room, which we did... I'd recommend you just do that at the onset as they had invited us to do when we bought our tickets. Anyway, at only 3500 HUF (about $9.50) for (more for the special exhibitions), it's a good value and a nice option to kill an hour on a rainy day.
Written 2 May 2024
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greatxpectations
Lancashire, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Pre booked and printed paper tickets so didn’t have to queue at entrance.
Interesting communist era rooms with typical living quarters under that regime.
Most interesting for us was the history of the creation of the Magyar Hungarian people of whom we knew very little.
Typical museum with cloakroom which is free with a nice cafe area close by .
Easy to find
Written 29 April 2024
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MN_Walkers
Minneapolis, MN615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very high quality museum. The exhibits give you a walk through the history of Hungary and the peoples of the Carpathian Basin from the earliest known residents through the fall of the Communist regime. It was interesting to learn about all of the different peoples who migrated through this area. There is also an impressive exhibit on silver. Very good English explanations throughout. We spent about two and a half hours.
Written 5 April 2024
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Anastasia D
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I visited an amazing temporary exhibition centered around brides and wedding traditions. Some of the staff were friendly and helpful, but some others didn't know some English words that are necessary for their work and didn't seem really polite
Written 31 March 2024
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Sparkles
East Yorkshire, United Kingdom198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved our visit to this Museum. It’s an incredibly stunning building both inside and out. The information is displayed both in Hungarian and English and takes you through the history of Hungary. It is in not too much detail so it is enjoyably digestible: you don’t feel like your head will explode by the end like it does in some museums. We also loved the idea the more unusual way it was laid out and displayed - maybe focusing on the more unknown parts or highlighting things you may not know about. We loved the 1848 area and the bit about Soviet occupation and post that era. The coronation mantle is also beautiful to see in all its glory. There is also reduced ticket prices for adults travelling with children.
Written 27 March 2024
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heath
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The building was amazing but it was lacking in the world war 2 information. Also found the guards stood in front of the exhibitions which was awkward.
Really enjoyed the silver with the Greek mythology but that’s personal preference.
Written 17 March 2024
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Brian
Kilcreggan, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Don’t visit arrange to visit on national holiday it will be closed,booked online for this took payment but it was closed.no problem getting refund but inconvenient.The same issue with Budapest Jewish temple.
Written 15 March 2024
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The museum showcases Hungary's history, including artifacts from early settlers and the contributions of various peoples, including invaders, to modern-day Hungary.
Written 11 March 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,382 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The museum looks like a palace, but it was purpose-built -in neoclassical style- to be the national museum of the Hungarian nation. First exhibitions were organized here in 1846, but construction was completed a year later. The first donation to the collection came from count Ferenc Széchényi whose statue is outside in the garden.

The highlight of my visit were the exhibits of the Seuso treasures. Beautifully decorated silverware from the late Roman period 400 - 500 AD. Depictions of hunting, banquets and Greek mythological stories are really a delight to observe.

As a foreigner, I found the overview of the history of the country presented in differents sections of the museum interesting, but sometimes confusing, as there is a lot of attention for details involving reading of large texts blocks. Sometimes I missed chronological order.

Entrance fee 3,500 HUF (9€)
EU youngsters under the age of 26 and seniors from the age of 62 half price

Written 5 December 2023
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