Budapest Museums

Something for All Interests, Art, History and Some Unique Exhibits

in front of the Museum of EthnographyIf you come to the Hungarian capital for more than 1-2 days make sure you visit some of the interesting exhibitions the nearly 100 Budapest museums offer all the year round.

Budapest has some big museums offering large-scale exhibitions but there are a good number of smaller, more intimate museums too.

Admission to Budapest Museums:

As of 1st January 2008 you have to pay entrance fee to visit the permanent exhibitions of state-owned Hungarian museums.

Tickets to the permanent exhibitions of most Budapest museums are relatively cheap, varying between 1 000-2 500 HUF/adult. Admission to temporary exbitions usually cost more: 2 000 – 3 000 HUF.

Discounts to museums: students and people between the ages of 62 and 70 pay half of the entry fee, above the age of 70 admission is free.

Admission is also free for children up to the age of 6, for people with disabilities and their escorts.

Note: Some museums, attractions have higher entrance fees for visitors from non-EU countries (e.g. the Parliament).

a sample Bp card with the Chain BridgeTIP: You get large discounts to many museums with the Budapest Card which you can buy it online with a delivery to your hotel included.

You can also find out about which museums, sights, attractions you can visit at discount price with your City Card.

Most museums are closed either on Mondays or on Tuesdays (see the Opening Hours at the entry of each listed museum).

Larger museums (Fine Arts Museum, the National Gallery) are accessible by wheelchair (usually through a separate entrance).

NOTE: Be sure to check the official site of the museums for up-to-date information on opening hours and ticket prices.

Always enquire about the entrance fees before your visit because discounts offered by museums may vary.

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Largest Museums in Budapest

Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum)

the white, colonnaded front of the Hungarian National MuseumAddress: Múzeum körút 14-16., VIII. district, M3 (blue) metro, Ferenciek tere station
Tel: (+36 1) 338-2122, (+36 1) 327-7749
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00

Christmas – New Year:
  • 24 – 25 – 26. December: CLOSED,
  • 31. December: 10.00-14.00,
  • 01. January CLOSED,

Admission: adult: 1 600 HUF, students (betwen 6 – 26 years of age), retirees (between 62 – 70 years of age): 800 HUF, 20 % discount with Budapest card. Free for children under 6 and citizes over 70.

For more information types of tickets please visit the museum’s website at Hungarian National Museum

the Petőfi Statue in front of the National MuseumThe impressive building houses several permanent exhibitions showcasing precious relics from the history of Hungary, such as the

  • nearly thousand-year old coronation mantle, and
  • the Coronation Jewels of Hungarian kings.

You can learn about the history of Hungary from the era of King St. Stephen up to the Millennium and History of Hungary in the 20th century.

Another must-see relic of the museum is the piano that used to belong to Ferenc Liszt and Beethoven.

Beethoven's Piano, Budapest National MuseumIt can be seen in the permanent historical exhibition.

Hungary’s largest museum occupies 8000 square metres.

Permanent Exhibits in the Hungarian National Museum:

  • History of Hungary from the Foundation of State up to 1990
  • Modern and Contemporary History
  • Scholar Hungarians who Made the 20th Century
  • On the East-West Frontier – History of the People of the Hungarian Lands from 400 000 BC to 804 AD
  • The Coronation Mantle
  • Medieval and Early Modern Lapidary
  • Roman Lapidary
  • Make sure you devote a couple of hours to this museum.

Museum Cafe insideRestaurant TIP:

Múzeum Cafe is just a few steps from the National Museum.

It is one of the top-rated restaurants in Budapest that focuses on traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern touch.

Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) – Closed from 15. February 2015. till 2018 Due to Renovation

Address: Dózsa György út 41., Heroes’ Square, XIV. district, M1 (yellow) line, Heroes’ Square station
Tel: (+36 1) 469 7100
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10 – 18.00 (cashier: 17.00), Closed: Monday

Note: The Museum of Fine Arts will be closed for three years due to renovation. Planned reopening: 2018.

Fine Arts MuseumThe most important exhibits will be moved to the National Gallery and can be visited from May 2015.

The museum will open in 2018 with renewed exhibitions.

On Thursdays permanent collections are closed during Museum + events (18.00 – 22.00), only select rooms can be visited with guided tours announced in advance. (admission from 17.00, only with tickets purchased for the Museum+ events). Cashier until 21.00

Temporary exhibits: varies

Renewed Permanent Exhibits: the Egyptian collection welcomes visitors with the richest collection in Central Europe showcasing around 4000 items including relics unearthed during Hungarian excavations.

The Sculpture collection on the 2nd floor: around 600 statues and statuettes by European sculptors from the Middle Ages till late 19. century.

Admission:

  • permanent exhibitions: 1 800 HUF/adult 900 HUF/students (6-26 years old) and pensioners (62-70 years old), FREE with Budapest card.
  • temporary exhibits: varies but around 2 000 – 3 200 HUF/adult, 50 % discount for visitors from the European Economic Area aged between 6-26 and 62-70. Tickets for the temporary exhibition are valid for the permanent exhibitions open that same day.

Free Admission For Every Exhibition:

  • Children under the age of 6
  • Visitors with disabilities accompanied by an escort
  • ICOM and ICOMOS Card holders Journalist with Press Card (with photo identification)
  • On Hungarian National Holidays (15 March, 20 August, 23 October)
  • Tour guide ID holders accompanying organized groups of 15 or more persons with a tour operator’s certificate

Free Admission for the Permanent Exhibition (only for the Citizens of European Economic Area)

  • Visitors over 70 years of age
  • Pre-registered groups of students under the age of 26
  • Members of the Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts

Website: www.szepmuveszeti.hu

Art Hall Budapest (Műcsarnok)

Art Hall (Műcsarnok)-front viewAddress: Dózsa György út 41., Heroes’ Square, XIV. district, M1 (yellow) line, Heroes’ Square station
Tel: (+36 1) 460 7000
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00 daily, 12.00 – 20.00 on Thursday, closed on Mondays

Admission: adult: 2 200 HUF, students (ages: 6-26) & retirees (ages: 62-70): 1 100 HUF

20 % discount for Bp. City Card owners. For groups larger than 10, Műcsarnok offers free guided tours, with the participation of curators and experts. See detailed price list.

The Műcsarnok is the main center of contemporary art in Hungary and it has the largest exhibition hall.

The Ecclectic-Neoclassical building stands on Heroes’s Square, facing the Museum of Fine Arts. The building was completed in 1896 for the Millennial celebrations.

The museum doesn’t have its own collection but regularly organizes exhibitions on various themes. The Mélycsarnok is the project gallery of the Műcsarnok.

Műcsarnok also incorporates the Ernst Museum which is in Nagymező utca, district VI.

Current Exhibition: The First Golden Age – Painting in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the Műcsarnok, till 12. March 2017: A jubilee exhibition celebrating the 120 anniversary of the Art Hall’s opening in 1896.

A selection of around 200 masterpieces showcasing the works of painters living in the era in various nations of the empire.

Ernst Museum

entrance of Ernst MuseumAddress: Nagymező utca 8, district VI., tram 4, 6 Oktogon stop, M1 metro (yellow), Oktogon or Opera station
Tel: (+36 1) 413 1311
Opening hours: 11.00 – 19.00 daily, closed on Monday

Admisison: full price: 990 HUF, students, senior citizens: 500 HUF

The Ernst Museum is a modern and contemporary art gallery founded by Lajos Ernst prviate collector in 1912.

The institution has become a significant exhibitor of 20th-century Hungarian fine and applied art works over the last century

Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum)

Museum of Applied ArtsAddress: Üllői út 33-37., IX. district, M3 (blue) metro/trams 4 and 6: Ferenc körút station
Tel: (+36 1) 456 5100
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Closed: Monday

Admission:

  • Permanent exhibit: adult: 2 000 HUF, students (ages: 6-26) & retirees (aged 62-70): 1 000 HUF
  • family ticket: 4000 HUF,

Besides its rich collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and wood works, the Museum of Applied Arts is worth a visit for its stunning architecture.

Permanent exhibtions:
Collectors and Treasures

Budapest History Museum in Buda Castle (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum)

the History Museum from outside

Address: Szt. György tér 2., Castle District, Buda, Royal Palace, section E
Tel: (+36 1) 487 8801
Opening Hours:

  • 1st March-31st October: 10.00 – 18.00, closed on Mondays
  • 1st November-28th February: 10.00 – 16.00, closed on Mondays

For the opening hours of the other museums, exhibitions see the museum’s website.

Admission:

  • adult: 2 000 HUF, FREE with BP.Card
  • student (6 – 24 years old), retirees (62 – 70 years old): 1 000 HUF, FREE with Budapest Card
  • photo ticket: 800 HUF

a gothic chapel in the museumIf you want to learn about Budapest’s turbulent history this museum is for you.

You can see reconstructed part of the medieval Royal Palace and some Gothic statues.

The exhibitions provide a glimpse into the city’s history from the first settlers to modern Budapest.

Permanent Exhibitions in the Castle Museum:

  • Budapest in the Modern Age
  • gothic stone and masonry collectionGothic sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda
  • The history of Budapest from the prehistoric age
  • The medieval Royal Palace of the Buda castle

TIP: New Exhibit: Budapest – Light and Shadow

The 1000-year history of the Hungarian Capital

urns, weapoms, jewelry from the ancient times of the city displayed in glass cabinetsThe exhibition presents the museum’s most important art objects using the technological advances of the 21st century, showing the history of Budapest from the ancient times to the end of the Soviet occupation.

In the winding corridors visitors can “swim through” the city’s history just like the Danube meanders between Pest and Buda.

Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

The national museum of Hungarian fine arts.

the domed building of the National gallery with a a cast iron street lamp in its courtyardAddress: Dísz tér 17., Castle District Buda, district I. , bus 16, 16A, 116
Tel: (+36) 20 4397 325 or +36 20 4397 331
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-18.00, Christmas – New Year:

  • 25 – 26. December: CLOSED,
  • 26. December Monday: open
  • 31. December: open: 10.00-16.00
  • 01. January 2017: 12.00-18.00
  • 02. January 2017 (Monday): 10.00-18.00

Admission:

  • Permanent exhibitions: 1 800 HUF, 50% discount for students between 6-26, retirees between 62 – 70., FREE with BP. Card.
  • Temporary exhibitions: usually 2 200 – 3 000 HUF, includes visiting the permanent exhibits.
  • audio guide in English, German, Italian, French, Hungarian: 800 HUF.

The ticket office is in Wing C, open: Tue – Sun: 10.00-17.00

Website: Hungarian National Gallery

Permanent Exhibitons in the National Gallery

Currently the gallery has 10 permannet exhibitions covering all major periods from the history of Hungarian fine art.

TIP: Devote at least 1,5 – 3 hours to go through all the display halls. 20 °C is maitanined in the exhibition rooms so do take a pullover/sweater with you.
  • Gothic Art in Hungary 1300 – 1500
  • Late Gothic Triptychs
  • Medieval and Renaissance Stone Carvings
  • Late Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Nude Sculpture From The Turn of The 19-20. Centuries
  • Art in the 19. Century
  • Mihály Munkácsy and The Realism Of The End of the 19. Century
  • Modern Era – Hungarian Art between 1896 – World War II.
  • Shifts – Hungarian Art After 1945
  • Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts

The National Gallery regularly has grandiose temporary exhibits like the Modigliani and the Picasso exhibitions in spring/summer 2016, or the Monet-Gaugin-Szinnyei-Merse-Rippl-Rónai in 2013.

MNG+ Programs: On the second Thursday of each month the Gallery is open till 10.00 (from 18.00) offering special programs: jazz concerts, guided tours, programs for children.

Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art

the entrance of the Ludwig Museum illuminated at nightAddress: Komor Marcell utca 1., (within the Palace of Arts building), tram 2 Millennium Kulturális Központ stop, tram 1 and Csepel HÉV (suburban railway to Csepel) Rákóczi híd stop,
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-20.00, closed on Mondays,

Christmas-New Year:
  • 24-25-26. December: CLOSED,
  • 31. December: 10.00-14.00,
  • 01. January 2017: 14.00-20.00

Admission: adult: 8 000 HUF this is an annual pass, student ( between 6 and 24 years of age), pensioner (between 62-70 years of age) : 4 000 HUF
Website: Ludwig Museum

The museum has a remarkable collection of modern artworks like the American pop art collection (Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg etc.). It also presents Hungarian art from the 1960-ies to current days.

The temporary exhibits include works of international as well as Hungarian artists.

There are guided tours for free, special tours by invited artists as well as custom tours for individuals and groups. The museum also hosts family programs on every Saturday from 10.30 to 12.30.

The Family Suitcase program is a creative way for kids to learn about more the exhibited artworks in the Ludwig Museum. Visitors receive a suitcase that contains drawing papers, pencils, and exercise sheets.

The program is available in English (ask the guides at the entrance of the exhibition hall on the 3rd floor).

House of Terror (Terror Háza Múzeum)

Facade of the Terror MuseumAddress: Andrássy út 60., VI. district, M1 (yellow) metro, Vörösmarty station or trams 4-6 Oktogon stop ( a short walk from there)
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10.00-18.00

Admission: 2 000 HUF for adults, 1 000 HUF for students (6-26 years old) and retirees (62-70 years old), free for disabled people and their caretakers, for visitors 70 and over (EU citizens), temporary exhibitions ticket price: 1 500 HUF.

showYou’ll get 20% discount on ticket prices with Budapest Card.

Audio guide is available in English or in German for 1 500 HUF.

You can learn about the Nazi and Communist regime in Hungary, though some rooms convey a highly symbolic meaning that might not be clear to non-Hungarians.

Informative leaflets in several languages are available at the entrance to each room or you can buy an audio guide at the ticket desk.

Museum of Ethnography (Magyar Néprajzi Múzeum)

one of Europe’s largest museum of its kind

front view of the Hungarian Ethnography MuseumAddress: Kossuth Lajos tér 12., V. district, opposite the Budapest Parliament, tram 2, M2 Kossuth tér, bus 15, trolley-bus 70, 78
Tel: (+36) 473 2400
Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays

Christmas-New Year:
  • 24-25-26 December: CLOSED,
  • 31. December & 01. January 2017: CLOSED

Admission (combined tickets for the permanent and temp. exhibits): adults: 1 400 HUF, students (6-26 years old): 700 HUF, retirees (62-70 years old): 700 HUF, 20% discount with Budapest card.
Website: Museum of Ethnography

If you want to find out more about Hungary’s rich folk culture visit the museum’s permanent exhibition titled Traditional Culture of the Hungarians.

The display introduces village and farm life, folk customs and folk art. You’ll find English texts at each display.

The building’s architecture in itself is worth a visit to this museum.

Hungarian Natural History Museum (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum)

Natural History Museum entranceAddress: Ludovika tér 2-6.,VIII. district , M3 (blue) metro, either Klinikák or Nagyvárad tér stop
Tel: (+36 1) 210 1085
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00, closed on Tuesdays (ticket office closes at 17.30)

Admission:

  • Permanent exhibitions: adult: 1 600 HUF, student (6-26 years old) and people over 62: 800 HUF,
  • Temporary exhibitions (varies): adult: 1 000 – 2 000 HUF, student (6-26 years old) and people over 62: 500 – 1 000 HUF,
  • free for children under 6 and pensioners over 70,

See detailed price list.

This is the largest natural history museum in Hungary. Its permanent exhibition titled Man and Nature in Hungary introduces the development of nature and man in the Carpathian basin.

Usually there are many interactive displays and models to entertain kids.

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Aquincum Museum & Archeological Park

Ruins of Settlement from the Roman Era

ruins in the archaeological park in AquincumAddress: Szentendrei út 135., III.district, Óbuda by Suburban railway (HÉV) form Batthyány tér get off at Aquincum stop, Bus 34, 134, 106 from Óbuda Szentlélek tér (get off at Aquincum stop)

Opening Hours:

Christmas – New Year: CLOSED between 24. December and 02. January 2017, reopens on 03. January 2017.

  • Exhibitions: 1st April – 31st October: 10.00 – 18.00, exhibitions: archaeological park: 15th April – 31st October 9.00 – 18.00,
  • 1st November – 31st March: exhibitions: 10.00 – 16.00, archaeological park 1st November – 14th April: CLOSED
  • Closed on Mondays!

Admisison to the exhibitions:

  • adults: 15. April – 31. October: 1 600, 01. November – 14. April: 1 000 HUF,
  • students (6-26 years of age), pensioners between 15. April – 31. October: 800 HUF, between 01. November – 14. April: 500 HUF
  • family ticket (2 adults+2 kids), 15. April – 31. October: 800 HUF/person, 01. November – 14. April: 500 HUF
  • photo ticket: 600 HUF/person
  • video ticket: 600 HUF/person
  • guided tour in foreign languages 6 000 HUF for a group under 25, 8 000 for a group above 25 (prices are for the whole group)

Admission to the archaeological park (open only between 15th April – 31st October):

  • FREE with BP. Card
  • Adults: 1 000 HUF/person, 500 HUF/person with Budapest Card
  • Students, pensioners: 300 HUF/person
  • Family (2 adults+2 kids): 300 HUF/person

The indoor and outdoor exhibits include the ruins of Aquincum, a Roman settlement and military camp, wall paintings and mosaics of the governor’s palace, utensils and ornaments, and the internationally reputed water organ.

Memento (Statue) Park

tatue in Memento Park outside BudapestA glance behind the iron curtain, gigantic monuments from the communist regime

Address: corner of Balatoni út and Szabadkai utca in XXII. district
Tel: (+36) 1 425 7500
Opening Hours: every day from 10.00 till sunset
Admission: 1 500 HUF/adult, 1 000 HUF/students, retirees, 600 HUF/children aged 6-14, free for children under 6 years of age, family: 2 000 HUF, FREE with a city pass
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Smaller But Unique Budapest Museums

Budapest boasts a couple of smaller museums often within unusual settings and with intriguing exhibitions.

Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum (Temporarily CLOSED)

display in the Zelnik Gold Museum(Zelnik István Délkelet-Ázsiai Arany Múzeum)

Address: Andrássy út 110. Budapest, Hungary
Website: Website
Opening Hours: closed

Sadly the museum closed down in autumn 2014 due to various reasons.

show Find out more about the Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Gold Museum.

Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Art (Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Múzeum)

exhibit in the ferenc Hopp MuseumAddress: Andrássy út 103., VI. district
Tel: (+36 1) 456-5110
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays

Christmas – New Year:
  • 24 – 25. December (Saturday-Sunday): CLOSED,
  • 26. December (Monday): Open: 10.00-18.00
  • 27 – 30. December: open: 10.00-18.00
  • 31. December (Saturday): open: 10.00-16.00
  • 01. January 2017 (Sunday): 12.00-18.00
  • 02. January (Monday): 10.00-18.00

Admission: adults: 400 HUF, students (student ID is required): 200 HUF, pensioners under 65: 200 HUF, adult holders of Budapest card: 320 HUF, student and pensioners, FREE with Budapest Card

Ferenc Hopp, a businessman and world-traveller, collected artworks from India and the Far East during his journeys in the 19th century.

Highlights: Buddhist art form the 9th-10th century, Indian and Tibetan-Nepalese works of art.

Kiscelli Museum (Municipal Picture Gallery of Budapest)

Address: Kiscelli utca 108. III. district, tram 17, bus 60, 165, Kiscelli utca stop
Tel: (+36 1) 388 7817
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays

Christmas – New Year: 24-25-26. December: CLOSED, 01. January (Sunday): CLOSED

Admission: adult: 1 600 HUF , students (ages: 6-26), retirees (ages: 62-70): 800 HUF, FREE with BP. card

the Kiscelli Museum in ObudaThe museum is part of the Budapest History Museum and it’s housed in a former Trinitarian monastery built in the 18th century. It was transformed into a Baroque mansion later.

Exhibitions cover the history of Budapest in modern times. Downstairs you can see printing equipment from the 17th-19th centuries, including more than 30 old print-presses.

There is a hall with Baroque statues.

The museum also has a great collection of paintings and graphic art.

There is a selection of 20th-century paintings from the city’s municipal gallery. The collection of artistic, old trade signs are also worth looking at.

Béla Bartók Memorial House

(Bartók Béla Emlékház)

Bartok's statue in front of the museum

Address: Csalán utca 29., II. district, bus 5 (departs from Március 15. tér), get off at the last stop (Pasaréti tér)
Tel: (+36 1) 394 2100
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-17.00 , closed on Mondays
Admission: 1 500 HUF, students: 750 HUF, retirees: 800 HUF, FREE with Budapest card

The museum is in the final Hungarian home of the world-famous Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945).

The interior reflects the time and atmosphere in which the composer lived.

The house often hosts concerts.

Franz Liszt Memorial Museum

Address: Vörösmarty utca 35., district VI.,
furnished room in the Franz Liszt MuseumOpening hours: Mon-Fri: 10.00-18.00, Sat: 09.00-17.00, CLOSED on Sundays and public holidays
Musuem Tickets: adult: 1 500 HUF, students and retirees (only residents of EU countries): 750 HUF
Concert Tickets: adult: 1 500 HUF, students, and retirees (only residents of EU countries): 750 HUF, combined ticket (museum + concert: adult: 2 200 HUF, students, and retirees (only residents of EU countries): 1 100 HUF

The museum that also functions as a research center is housed in the Old Academy of Music.

The building gave home to music teaching activity of the Academy of Music between 1875-1907.

Nagytétény Castle Museum

(Nagytétény Kastély Múzeum)

Address: Kastélypark utca 9., XXII. district
Tel: (+36 1) 207 0005

the Nagytétény Castle musuem and its garden

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays

Admission (permanent exhibition):

  • adults: 1 500 HUF, students (6-26 years of age),
  • retirees (62-70 years of age): 800 HUF,
  • 20 % discount with BP. Card,
  • family ticket (1 or 2 adults + 1 or more children): 3 000 HUF,

Website: Nagytétény Castle Museum

This charming Baroque palace houses The Furniture Art from Gothic to Biedermeier Exhibition – from the 15th to the mid-19th century, displaying more than 300 items

Bath Museum (Fürdő Múzeum)

Address: Flórián tér 3-5. underpass, III. district, Óbuda, Bus 86, 106, 34
Tel: (+36 1) 250 1650
Opening Hours: 01. April, 1. – 31. October: 10.00–18.00, 01. November – 31. March: 10.00-16.00 Closed: Monday ,*depends on weather
Admission: free

This busy underpass gives home to an 2000-year old bath from the Roman era.

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Underground Railway Museum

(Földalatti Vasúti Múzeum)

railcar model Railway Musuem

Address: Deák Ferenc metro underground pass, V. district
Tel: (+36 1)
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-17.00, closed on Mondays Tickets: adult: 350 HUF, students, retirees: 280 HUF, photo/video ticket: 500 HUF

This small museum in the metro station underpass demonstrates the history of the Millennium Underground (M1, yellow line), the first railcar-driven metro line in continental Europe.

Original carriages of the line can be seen in the section of the tunnel from 1896.

statue of Gül baba

Tomb of Gül Baba (Gül Baba Sírja) – Closed till 31. March 2017 due to Refurbishment

Address: Mecset utca 14., II. district

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10.00-18.00

Admission: FREE

The Turks occupied Buda in 1541. Gül baba, a poet, died during the celebration of the Turkish victory.

The sacred tomb is a Muslim pilgrimage site (it is the northeast one in the world).

See more sights in Buda.

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

(Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár)

inside the Jewish Museum

Address: Dohány utca 2., district VII., behind the Great Synagogue, M2 (red) metro Astoria station, bus 7, tram 49 Astoria stop
Tel: (+36 1) 413 5531
Opening Hours:

  • summer season (01. March – 31. October): Sun-Thurs: 10.00-18.00, Friday: 10.00-16.00, Saturdays: closed,
  • winter season (01. Nov-28. Feb): Sun–Thurs 10.00–16.00, Fri 10.00–14.00, Saturday: closed,
Website
  • Jewish holidays: when the museum & synagogue are CLOSED: 12-13. June Shavuoth, 02., 03., 04. 17., 18., 23., 24-25. October, 01. November, 24-25. December

Admission:

Single ticket, synagogue + museum, without guiding:

  • students, retirees: 2 000 HUF (1 800 with Budapest card)

The museum commemorates the culture of Budapest’s Jewish community with photos, artworks, religious objects, temporary exhibitions.

Guiding (must be pre-booked) is available in the following languages in English, German, Hebrew, French, Italian and Spanish.

The current exhibits are:

  • 100 Years – 100 Objects – the exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Jewish Museum in 1916 in a small apartment in Hold utca. The collection then consisted of 1500 pieces: mainly religious, ceremonial objects, and historical relics. To this special exhibit 100 objcets have been selected that tell the rich and layered story of Hunagarian Jewry.
  • Rosenthal lived here: in the Goldmark Hall – History of Jewish Pest from the late 18. century to present days. The turbulent story of Pest’s jewish community is displayed in 10 time periods through 10 digital maps. A thorouh insight into the everyday life of the people who lived there.

Museums for Families and Children

Children’s Railway Museum

(Gyermekvasút Múzeum)

exhibit hall in the Children's Railway Museum

Address: Children’s Railway Hűvösvölgy stop, II. district Tel: (+36 1) 397 5392

The Children’s Railway was built between 1948-1950 and it connected Hűvösvölgy and Széchenyi Hill. At that time, in the communist regime it was called Pioneer’s Railway (Úttörővasút).

The raliway line’s Hűvösvölgyi station building houses a museum with a collections of relics from the Pioneer’s Railway.

Transport Museum – closes on 15. April 2015 for a complete renovation (reopens in 2018)

(Közlekedési Múzeum)

vintage car in the Transport Museum

Address: Városligeti körút 11.. XIV. district, M1 (yellow) metro Széchenyi fürdő stop, 72-74 trollies, tram 1 Ajtósi Dürer sor stop
Tel: (+36 1) 273 3840
Address: Városligeti körút 11.. XIV. district, M1 (yellow) metro Széchenyi fürdő stop, 72-74 trollies, tram 1 Ajtósi Dürer sor stop
Tel: (+36 1) 273 3840

Opening Hours: closed for renovation till 2018 (from 15. April 2015.)

Admission: adult: 1 600 HUF, students (6-26 years old): 800 HUF, pensioners (62-70 years old): 800 HUF, 1 300 HUF with Budapest Card
Website

This is a really exciting museum for boys. Old cars, motorcycle, tram and ship models show the development of transportation in Hungary. Its railway model system is unique in the world.

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Hungarian Railway Museum (Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park)

old steam locomotives in the Hungarian Railway Museum

Address: Tatai út 75., XIV. district
Getting there: by vintage railcar shuttle from from Nyugati Train Station (M3 metro, trams 4-6) between 3rd Apr-24th Oct.
Tel: (+36 1) 238 0558

Opening Hours:

Although this museum is a bit out of the city centre it’s worth visiting especially for families with kids.

Visitors can drive the locomotives themselves.

Don’t miss the elegant restaurant car of the famous Orient express from 1912.

Date
Opening Hours
Interactive Activities
1st Jan – 25th March
Closed
26th March – 26th March
Tue-Sun: 10.00 – 15.00, Closed on Mondays
by appointment only
26th March – 30th Oct
Tue-Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, Closed on Mondays
10.00 – 16.00
31st Oct – 24th March 2017
Closed
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Fire Brigade Museum

Address: Martinovics tér 12., X. district, buses 9, 32, 62, Trams 13, 28
Tel: (+36 1) 261 3586
Opening Hours: Mon- Thurs: 7.30-16.00, Fri: 7.30-14.00, Sat: 8.30-16.00, Sunday: CLOSED

Admission: FREE

History of fire-fighting and fire-protection in Budapest from the Roman ages till modern times.

You can see a horse-drawn fire engine from the 19th century and the first motorized fire fighting vehicle brought form England.

Museum of Hungarian Trade and Tourism

(Magyar Kereskedelmi és Vendéglátóipari Múzeum)

display in the Museum of Hungarian Trade and Tourism

Address: Korona tér 1., district III. Óbuda, tram 1 or H5 Suburban Railway: Szentlélek tér stop
Tel: (+361) 375 6249
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00

Admission: adults: 1 000 HUF, students (ages: 6-26), retirees 8ages: 62-70): 500 HUF, family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): 2 000 HUF, FREE for children under 6, poeple with disabilities + one accompanying person, senior citizens from 70 years of age, 20% discount with Budapest card.

A unique museum of Hungarian gastronomy, catering and trade.

Apart from exhibiting relics from the history of gastronomy and catering, the museum regularly hosts concerts, children programs, theatrical performances and a range of other cultural events within its Kultea program.

Labyrinth of Buda Castle

Address: Lovas út 4/a, district I.

exhibit in the Labyrinth

Opening hours: every day: 10.00-19.00, tours by oil lamp: after 18.00
Tickets: adult: 2 500 HUF, student, pensioner: 2 000 HUF, children up to 12 years of age: 600 HUF, family ticket (2 adults+2 kids): 5 000 HUF

The Labyrinth of Caves in Buda Castle the underground cave system is an exciting attraction for kids and adults alike. It hosts some great exhibitions:

Medieval Stone Monuments – a collection of stones, relics related to the turbulent history of Buda.

Dracula’s Chamber – The count was kept imprisoned here by his former ally King Matthias in 1462. Visitors can see a torture chamber, a coffin, the Forest of the Impaled exhibit, the Magic Lantern and medieval schakles.

Opera Panoptikum – a wax exhibition recreating the Masked Ball of the infamous Black Count who supposedly still haunts the undergound corridors.

Cave Exhibition – the world’s most beautiful caves come to life on photos.

Maze of Darkness

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Events Related to Museums in Budapest

Museum Festival, Mayday of Museums

Date: 20 – 21. May, 2017 (Date Is Subject to Change!)

Hungarian National Museum and its neighbourhood, Múzeum körút 14-16. VIII. district, M3 (blue) metro Kálvin tér station

You can visit around 100 museums in Budapest and get an insight into their works, exhibitions and treasures. Admission is free.

More information: Mayday of Museums (Múzeumok Majálisa) official website.

The Night of Museums, 24. June 2017 (date is subject to change)

Museums in Budapest and in other Hungarian cities are open till late on Midsummer Night.

Buses will circulate the city to help visitors to get from one museum to another. Spectacular exhibitions and programs make this event a very nice summer night entertainment. Tickets: adult: 1 500 HUF, children: 600 HUF.

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More information: official website

Autumn Festival of Museums, end of September – mid-November 2017

Date: usually end of September-beginning of November

The more than month-long even offers exciting programs, unique guiding and exhibitions focusing on seven main themes including:

  • Beyond the Walls of the Museums – the exhibitions, workshops, leave the walls of the museum buildings and go to the streets, schools, kinder gardens, cultural centers.
  • From the Cellar to the Attic – parts, collections otherwise closed to the public can be visited, you can go on special guidings to leran about mysterious stories, artefatcts, or museum activities.

More information: official website of the festival

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