House of Terror Museum
House of Terror Museum
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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
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A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Terézváros
How to get there
  • Vörösmarty utca • 2 min walk
  • Oktogon • 4 min walk
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  • starchild0612
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania335 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just OK for me. Had higher expectations
    This was one of the top sights I wanted to visit, and was very much looking forward to it. I was a little let down, as even with an English audio-guide, all of the pictures and literature were in Hungarian only. I feel this would have been a much better experience if I were able to understand and read all the captions. Should be available in English along with a few other languages so more people can get the most out of this experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 May 2023
  • nataliew02
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An eye-opening look into Hungary's history
    The House of Terror is 100% my favorite place I visited in Budapest. The Berlin Wall and Iron curtain memorial outside were unexpected additions that I loved, but the inside of the museum is obviously the main attraction. I love that you cannot take photos, it really encourages people to soak in the history around them. Even my friends who were not history students like myself said it was much more enjoyable and interesting than they thought it would be.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Debbie T
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very emotional experience
    We read reviews here before going and we were completely concerned about the whole experience. Staff was neutral, they sold us the tickets and asked if we wanted the audio guide (totally recommend it unless you speak Hungarian). When we were confused about the exit they were also helpful enough to show us the way even in broken English. There are bathrooms on each floor. You’re not allowed to take pictures, didn’t bother us at all since the whole atmosphere was tough and moving. I would recommend bringing tissues, especially if you’re a bit sensitive to the topic. It was not extremely hot but if you visit during summer I’d suggest appropriate clothes.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Andrew
    Frankfurt, Germany6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could have been so much better
    We love history but this museum could’ve been so much better. The Audio guides are a must; otherwise, it’ll be a waste of time. The sound from the multiple TVs and Soviet Union music in each room are so loud that I can barely hear the audio guides. Please turn them down! It was disorienting. There was a tour group in front which was really slow and wouldn’t let us pass. Overall, I’d still visit for the history, but it could be much better (ie more material, more quiet).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Traveller
    31 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    I went after being recommended it by a friend, unfortunately they didn't say to get the audio guide and without it the museum is hard to understand. The layout and style is very good and the videos have English subtitles. However, everything else only had descriptions in Hungarian. There are info sheets as you enter each room but not always easy to get to when it gets busy. It was incredibly hot in there which made standing to watch the long videos unpleasant. The video in the lift could only be seen by some of the occupants. I have a general understanding of what went on but it could have been so much better and it's a shame because this history is so important. Also, still not sure if the staff were just acting at being rude??
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Brendan Y
    Hamilton, Canada6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An OK way to spend a couple of hours
    First off you are welcomed (or not) by the ticket staff. The young woman who processed us appeared to be devoid of any happiness or personality. So much so that it’s hard to know if this is an intentional part of the experience. Seriously I would love to know. If not, she should really look for another job - life’s too short. The exhibition is reasonably good but quite disjointed. The audio guide is a must-have but still the flow is not chronological. It’s more topical. Some of the ambient audio from the exhibits is a little loud and distracting. And many audiovisual items are only in Hungarian with no supporting translations. Like the ticket people, it may be by design but if not it is incredible irony that there are miserable looking security staff everywhere watching you. Feels like they are state security staff keeping tabs on you. Overall a decent experience. I felt bad for what the Hungarian people went though during a number of regimes over 40+ years. The amount of paranoia, backstabbing and general human evilness is staggering.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Tim L
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Not as gruesome as I expected but still very very interesting. The audio tour lasted 2-2,5h. Good bang for the buck, recommend. It was a bit hot during the summer and the elevator part was kind of a bottleneck for the tour so had to wait for like 5-10mins to continue. However there were drinking sinks so it was fine. Staff werent the bubbliest but it was ok.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • monkeylvr
    72 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history but poorly executed
    The idea behind this museum is very compelling, however it wasn’t presented very well. Too many video screens. The staff is very uninterested; the girl at the ticket counter attempted to rip me off my charging me $3000 forint for English audio guide; the guy in the next line was charged $2000 forint for the same thing. I caught on quickly and said no to audio guide. It felt very unsettling being in the headquarters of Hungarian nazis, and walking through prison cells in the basement knowing how many innocent people were harmed there. It should be known that the Hungarian government allowed thousands of their own people to be murdered/tortured, a fact that didn’t seem to be front & center at this museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 July 2023
  • TexasSam
    Austin, Texas56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Add to your list if you want the history!
    I definitely recommend this museum. It was very well done and provided a great overview of modern Hungarian history. I was glad we did this early in the trip as I wanted the history. Many reviewers said that the audio guide was necessary for English speakers, so we got the audio guide. However, I’m not sure it was necessary. There were white pages in almost every room with an English overview and most videos had English subtitles. While the audio guide added some extra information, I do not know if it was necessary. They were pretty expensive! There’s also an app you can download (not affiliated w the museum) that gives a free audio guide of it (but i didn’t find out about that until after). After reading to and listening to everything (well..most everything, I was getting pretty tired and hungry), we were there for 2.5 hours. Also, there is a mandatory bag check, but it is free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Julian W
    Romsey, United Kingdom174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid staff and maybe audio guide but go!
    The museum really shows you the horrors of Hungary’s recent history and is done very well. It’s worth a visit and a couple of hours. We took the audio guides, which was maybe a mistake as the voice was dull and as there is noise in every room plus the busy noise of other visitors, it was hard to follow. There are introductions to each room available as you go around. The only thing to be aware of is that the staff are really unfriendly and rude but just try to ignore them as it’s an important museum to view,
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
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bluebeaver71
Hertfordshire46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Interesting and innovative displays and exhibits spoiled by incredibly grumpy staff (bordering on rude) and largely only accessible if you can read Hungarian - void of English or any other language translations. We would have loved to be able to access more information as the content was covered sympathetically - we think! No discounts for families or students (if not from EU - you need to provide proof) and quite expensive for the overall experience. Six or seven school groups when we visited hence queuing for rooms and exhibits.
Written 12 April 2024
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EMMA87
Norwich, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Harrowing visit, a must see. I learnt so much on the atrocities since WW2, I was shocked that so much torture of people continued on so many levels for so long. Ending only really in 1990! There were still camps people were shipped off too!

A great museum. Some grumpy staff members, and a lot of school children that could be quite loud. Definitely worth it though. We spent 3hours there, without the audios guides.
Written 11 April 2024
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Meg & Séan
East Sussex, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A moving museum. We visited during the afternoon on a weekday and took our time going around with the audio tour, which is definitely worth paying a little more for. The only downside was the groups of teenagers taking photos and laughing the whole way round which somewhat distracted us but we moved away when we could. Highly recommend if you’re in Budapest for a few days.
Written 9 April 2024
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JG_137
Nairobi, Kenya48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Good - but - as a non-Hungarian I wished more exhibit labels were in English. There are paper guides at the start of each room, yes, but a surprising amount of exhibits do not have translation and require guesswork. This detracts embarrassingly from the very profound and dark history… for instance I’m not sure who or what was looking at in the basement floor. I regret not buying the audio tour but once inside, it was too late to do so. Very, very compelling videos and video interviews.
Written 2 April 2024
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Millie B
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was only on our Budapest itinerary because my partner is a history buff and interested in the history of communism. I honestly thought I'd be bored. But our hour and a half visit absolutely flew by.

The audio guide was sombre but informative. The information in each room is presented in a really engaging way, from film footage and photographs to large sets like a court room; a large white walled labyrinth style path, to even an eerie, slowly descending elevator.

It was very compelling history-telling and set the tone just right: It was an interesting and engaging visit but still absolutely communicated the level of horror and tragedy. A must-visit when you're in Budapest.

The only down side is that it's not immediately obvious where the tour starts, but perhaps just not in English.
Written 31 March 2024
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NW8London
London, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Disappointing …was really looking forward to this museum but sadly was not the experience I expected. As previous reviews stated, staff not particularly friendly, welcoming nor helpful. You must get audio otherwise it’s pointless as there is little labelling/description …the exhibition is interesting but don’t expect much on the Nazi era as the focus is very heavy on the communist era. The worst part is a ridiculous wait for a lift at the end of the exhibition. Very bizarre for a museum. Only few allowed into lift at a time …leading to big build up of people , finally after waiting for 30 minutes for the lift, by which time a bottleneck of 60 people had formed, one of the workers thankfully opened a door to allow people to use the stairs instead. Overall a real shame as the museum seems to miss an opportunity to shine a light on all those who perished under two sad eras due to poor visitor experience.
Written 31 March 2024
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Madenee
Brecon Beacons National Park, UK364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The name does not do this museum justice.

The museum tells the story, in harrowing details, of the Nazi and then Russian Communist Occupation and the subjugation of the Hungarian people. There is an Audio Guide available, though we did not use it. There is an A4 page in each room (in English) explaining the displays.

We learned a lot, and were shocked to learn how recent much of the history was. Hungary really suffered, particularly under the Soviets, with the last prisoner only being released to Hungary in 1990.

No photography is allowed within the museum, hence the lack of photographs.

A Social History must see while in Budapest.
Written 28 March 2024
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zjfa146
Sussex124 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I asked at the start if there were signs when they asked if I needed an audio guide. There were barely any signs, only a few laminates here and there. I have no idea what the audio guides were like but the museum without them was not very well laid out or obvious at all. Very dissapointed. Just didnt seem to flow at all. And as far as I was concerned it was billed as Nazi er and Soviet era but there is barely anything about Nazis and Soviets is really only til 1956. I didnt really understand the last room at all. The 2nd to last room is about 1956 and then the final room suddenly jumps to a room showing nothing but Russian troops getting into trucks and I assume heading home in 1989? There is no words or descriptions and no explanation for suddenly jumping 30 plus years?! If an audio guide is needed to make a museum work include it as standard not as an extra.
Written 25 March 2024
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Seaside36790311271
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I read a review that said you didn’t need the audio tour, so I didn’t get it. HUGE mistake. It’s pointless if you don’t get the audio tour.. there are no signs explaining what anything is. I didn’t get to find out what I was looking it because nothing is labeled. Also would not take young kids.
Written 24 March 2024
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Jessica T
Cardiff, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a must visit for anyone interested in history. Myself and my partner enjoyed the audio guided tour which took approx 2 hours. I found it very infromative and the price of an entry ticket to be very reasonable.
Written 22 March 2024
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