Holocaust Memorial Center
Holocaust Memorial Center
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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.
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  • Michael U
    Las Vegas, Nevada43,720 contributions
    Powerful images and words
    Housed in and below an early 1900's synagogue the Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution built by the Hungairian Government in 2002. Focused on Holocaust research and education with design by Frank Gehry the Institution offers moving words from victims' families plus horrific footage telling a terrible history of Hungary's involvement. Guided tours are available, though exhibits are offered in Hungarian or English.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Chris S
    Eglinton, United Kingdom659 contributions
    Powerful, evocative, very moving
    Spent a few hours in this centre today - about the Jewish & Romany people in Hungary before and during WW2. Very well presented (can follow the lives of several families all through the period), Very provocative and really makes one think, to say the least. Well worth the visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • stuart w
    Airdrie, United Kingdom10,000 contributions
    A must for any visit to Budapest
    This is the most impressive and impactful holocaust memorial I have visited, high quality venue and tells the story in a clear, educational and impactful way. Very moving. I highly recommend this as a must attend attraction
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 January 2024
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Caroline E
Bingley, UK29 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very moving place. Well worth a visit. I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust in general but found it very interesting to learn more about how this affected Hungarian Jews. I learnt a lot from our visit today.
Written 14 February 2024
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eliotdonn01
Edinburgh, UK116 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Highly recommend doing the memorial centre, very thought provoking and informative. History at it's best, quite emotional.
Written 9 February 2024
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stuart w
Airdrie, UK10,000 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is the most impressive and impactful holocaust memorial I have visited, high quality venue and tells the story in a clear, educational and impactful way. Very moving. I highly recommend this as a must attend attraction
Written 13 January 2024
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angelakat
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Informative and well structured. I very much enjoyed this visit, despite the subject. I particularly appreciated the handheld audio guides and there was plenty of visual and textual information. The staff were very nice and helpful.
Written 17 October 2023
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Sarah G
75 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
This was quite hard to find so I'm glad we got a taxi - really tucked away. Whilst we found our visit really upsetting I do feel it was truly worthwhile.
The museum was incredibly informative and solemn - they treated the subject matter with great dignity and made no bones about providing the facts.
The information was incredibly in depth and they had lots of family records about those who lived (and didn't) through the persecution.
Dark lighting and sound effects of soldiers boots really drive everything home.
Both my mum and I had a little cry afterwards but were glad we went.
Written 6 October 2023
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Simon A
District I / Buda, Hungary80 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Visiting the Holocaust Memorial Center was an emotional and enlightening experience, unveiling the harrowing journey of Hungarian Jews and Roma during the darkest period of history. The center's narrative was vivid, tracing the gradual descent of these families into the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust and the Porajmos.

What struck me most was the museum's unflinching honesty about Hungary's complicity in these atrocities. The acknowledgment of national shame was evident, making the experience deeply poignant. The stories of the selected families, their lives intertwined with tragedy, served as a powerful reminder of the human cost of hatred and prejudice.

Emerging from the depths of this despair, stepping into the renovated synagogue was nothing short of an epiphany. The contrast between the darkness of history and the glorious light and color of the synagogue was a symbol of hope and resilience, resonating deeply with the visitor.

However, a minor setback was the malfunctioning audioguide system accessed through a QR code. Despite this small inconvenience, the impact of the Holocaust Memorial Center's narrative remained undiminished, leaving a lasting impression on the soul. This museum stands as a poignant testament to the importance of remembrance and understanding in our shared human history.
Written 30 September 2023
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK659 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Spent a few hours in this centre today - about the Jewish & Romany people in Hungary before and during WW2. Very well presented (can follow the lives of several families all through the period), Very provocative and really makes one think, to say the least.
Well worth the visit
Written 27 September 2023
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Eva F
9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Really great experience, very well done museum and both informative and interesting. The staff were all also very kind, we got the student discount so it was only £4 GBP
Written 19 September 2023
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Michael U
Las Vegas, NV43,720 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Housed in and below an early 1900's synagogue the Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution built by the Hungairian Government in 2002. Focused on Holocaust research and education with design by Frank Gehry the Institution offers moving words from victims' families plus horrific footage telling a terrible history of Hungary's involvement. Guided tours are available, though exhibits are offered in Hungarian or English.
Written 26 June 2023
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RichardDonna
Apache Junction, AZ126 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Mostly reading, audio stories and old videos. We tried many of the audio stations and could not get any of them to work. Lots of reading and after an hour or so you can get a little burnt out. The best part for us was the old videos. There are some stools if you want to sit down while watching. We were there on a weekday and the museum was empty. We spent maybe an hour or so total. We were glad we went but would not have been sad if we missed it.
Written 4 May 2023
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