Semmelweis Museum of Medical History (Orvostorteneti Muzeum)

Semmelweis Museum of Medical History (Orvostorteneti Muzeum)

Semmelweis Museum of Medical History (Orvostorteneti Muzeum)
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Neighbourhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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  • Vörösmarty tér • 8 min walk
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Shampeu
Northbrook, IL453 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I was expecting more from this museum. Most of the museum is devoted to different surgical instruments. We've been to other surgical museums around the world that had more interesting exhibits.
Written 31 December 2023
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Lynsey S
West Timperley, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is an interesting historical medical museum on the Buda side of the Danube with a huge collection of artefacts.
The only downside most of the in depth explanations are only in Hungarian
Written 31 May 2020
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mikvmak
Maidwell, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Much of the material in the permanent exhibition is as you would expect - old medical instruments and so on. Obviously with Semmelweiss himself buried in the basement you might expect a bit more about him but oddly enough there isn't that much. When we visited the 'tomb' was not accessible due to building work. The oddest thing here IMHO was the video, on a loop, of Semmelweiss' exhumation before he was transferred back to Budapest - including footage of the lead coffin being opened!!
There was an interesting temporary exhibition of paleoanthropology relating to various body deformation practices from down the ages.
Written 30 September 2019
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Alex M
London, UK27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Basically, quite a lot of us literally owe our lives to the man behind this museum. His is an amazing story, of scientific discovery and of rejection of his truth by establishment. For it to be celebrated in one of the most terribly curated museums is a real shame. This is a tale that should be told to our youth in a way that excites them to become doctors and scientists, not recounted by some random pieces of furniture from his house and a large number of obstetric forceps: no narrative, no filtering, tiny fonts used in the signs. Thank goodness my kids weren’t with me! Let’s hope the Hungarian State wakes up to this national hero and invests some money here.
Written 29 June 2019
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Fred07728
Freehold, NJ22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Semmelweis Museum of Medical History is well worth visiting when in Budapest. Fascinating collection.
Written 31 March 2019
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anna_nattalia
Warsaw, Poland21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Small, classic museum, with a lot of really interesting stuff. Sometimes uncanny, sometimes really touching - or both (like one of the famous XVIII-th century wax anatomical models).
Written 30 December 2018
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dpriver
San Diego, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
Long before the discovery of bacteria, Dr. Semmelweis realized that the reason women were dying in massive numbers of what was called "childbed fever", was because their doctors were conducting autopsies then going straight back to the labor ward without washing their hands. His belief was that they were carrying "something" on their hands which was causing these deaths. When he tried to bring this to the attention of his peers, he was viciously abused and discredited. He finally began stopping pregnant women on the street and telling them to be sure their doctors washed their hands. At last, he wound up dying in an insane asylum, never living to find out that he was correct in what he believed.
Written 12 November 2018
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Stefan A
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is a small exhibition which takes you approximately 45 minutes to go through. It cost 1000 HUF per person ( or less if you are a student)
Most of the exponates are explained in Hungarian and English, some are explained in German.

I would recommend this to anyone who works in a medical job, for someone else it might be difficult to understand for what those things are used to - there's not many information available about the exponates- so it's good if someone in your group can explain to the others for what those things are used.

The voluntary staff is friendly but speaks little English, which is no problem here
Written 29 October 2018
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Jane T
Eastfield, UK325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
As an Infection Prevention Nurse I have an interest in Dr Ignac Semmelweis. Lots of interesting items in the museum.
Written 17 October 2018
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Peggy L
Boston, MA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
The signage is not great so it may at first be a bit hard to find, but well worth the visit for those who work in health care or are just medical history buffs. This was the birth home of Semmelweis, the first physician to discover that handwashing saves lives. He is buried in the tranquil garden downstairs, but the museum is filled with medical instruments from the earliest days of medicine. Looking at the surgical tools (such as the early tools for making burr holes), you cannot but help to marvel at how far modern medicine has come (and how did people survive back in the day?). A definite highlight in Budapest.
Written 8 April 2018
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