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Semmelweis Museum of Medical History (Orvostorteneti Muzeum)

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Address: I. Aprod u. 1-3, Budapest, Hungary
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Nice museum, eclectic collection

Decided to stop by to check out the museum of the guy who thought it was a good idea for doctors to start washing their hands after touching dead bodies. Despite the fact that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
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Kranj, Slovenia
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Kranj, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Decided to stop by to check out the museum of the guy who thought it was a good idea for doctors to start washing their hands after touching dead bodies. Despite the fact that only a small part of the museum is dedicated to dr. Semmelweis (a replica of his study and half a room of various items of correspondence),... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Semmelweis museum is full of fascinating medical history exhibits dating from the prehistoric ages to the 20th century. The rooms are set out clearly in English and Hungarian and cleverly bring to life the various developments in medicine over the centuries. They have a room that represents Semmelweis's office back in the 1850s as well as some photos and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It is really interesting place for biologics, medics...and whose profession is near... I saw the development of medical tools and now I wonder how many people remained alive after surgery by many of those tools :-D Everything is OK there just one small minus-I found some things without any or English description.

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Thank Lilith D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Easily overlooked, I enjoyed it a lot. Regardless of slight language barrier. Very interesting display that is sometimes delightfully cringe worthy.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I am a retired physician and on seeing the name of the museum, and knowing the history, was interested in going through the museum. However, on asking the person behind the counter if he spoke english, he went off on a rant, saying that this is Hungary and that here we only speak Hungerian and that he was not willing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Although there was a range of artifacts and interesting objects it lacked English explanations which is a shame for a museum in the capital city. There wasn't any museum publications to buy, not even a museum guide. Despite this we still enjoyed our visit. Good staff service.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

This is a medical instruments museum dedicated to the local doctor who discovered the cause of the transmission of puerperal fever – the leading cause of death of mothers after childbirth – and how to prevent it. Individual exhibits are labelled in English. However, there is no explanation in English of what is going on in the history of medicine,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Starting with Egyptians who concentrated so much on providing for the afterlife that they didn't know about anatomy, through trepanning to forceps, the first x-ray machine (invented in Hungary) optics, dentistry ... Early anatomical wax models many of which were given to the medical schools here. The list goes on and on. There are some helpful English labels but it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

This is quite a small museum but it is crammed full of interesting artifacts set out in a logical chronological progression. The collection of early modern books pertaining to medicine were really wonderful. There was also some interesting maps. The later exhibits focus on different medical professions and notable practitioners. Most items include English descriptions. Whilst I love anatomy museums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

I learned about Semmelweis in school and the role he played in identifying the cause of infection in women who had given birth in hospitals. When I saw this museum, I had to stop in ! The museum exceeded my expectations. It has some of Dr. Semmelweis' personal belongings in addition to other relics of medical history. The best part... More 

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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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