Something for All Interests, Art, History and Some Unique Exhibits
If 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.Quick Links:Largest Museums – Smaller but Unique Museums – Museums for Families and Kids – Events in Budapest Related to Museums
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.
You can also find out about which museums, sights, attractions you can visit at discount price with your City Card.
Opening Hours of Museums
Most museums are closed either on Mondays or on Tuesdays (see the Opening Hours at the entry of each listed museum).
Public Holiday opening hours vary museum by 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.
Address: 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,
- 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 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.
It can be seen in the permanent historical exhibition.
Hungary’s largest museum occupies 8000 square metres.
Permanent Exhibits in the 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.
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.
Address: Dózsa György út 41., Heroes’ Square, XIV. district
Getting There: M1 (yellow) line, Heroes’ Square station
Tel: (+36 1) 469 7100
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00 (cashier: 17.00), Closed: Mondays
Changed Opening Hours on National Holiday: 19. Aug/Mon: Open, 20. Aug/Tue: Open (FREE visit), 21. Aug/Wed: CLOSED
TIP: After three years of renovation the Museum of Fine Arts reopened with renewed exhibitions and halls in 2018
From 31 October, the following exhibitions can be visited in the recently renovated Romanesque wing:
Basement level – Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities
Ground floor – Renaissance Hall, Romanesque Hall:
- level 1 – European Art 1250–1600
- level 2 – European Sculpture 1350–1800
- level 3 – Art in Hungary 1600–1800 (display of the baroque collection from the Hungarian National Gallery in a new exhibition area)
The collection of Art after 1800 moves to the Hungarian National Gallery and will be on show from 07. December, 2018, as one section of the permanent exhibitions.
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.
- permanent exhibitions: 2 800 HUF/adult 1 400 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
Art Hall Budapest (Műcsarnok)
Address: 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
- 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.
Getting There: 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) – Closed due to Reconstruction
Address: Üllői út 33-37., IX. district,
Getting There: M3 (blue) metro/trams 4 and 6: Corvin-negyed station
Tel: (+36 1) 456 5100
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Closed: Monday
- Permanent exhibit: adult: 2 000 HUF, students (ages: 6-26) & retirees (aged 62-70): 1 000 HUF
- family ticket: 4000 HUF,
- 20 % discount with BP card. See ticket prices on the museum’s website.
Besides its rich collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and wood works, the Museum of Applied Arts is worth a visit for its stunning architecture.
Collectors and Treasures
Address: Szt. György tér 2., Castle District, Buda, Royal Palace, section E
Tel: (+36 1) 487 8801
- 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.
- 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
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 sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda
- The history of Budapest from the prehistoric age
- The medieval Royal Palace of the Buda castle
The 1000-year history of the Hungarian Capital
You can learn about 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.
The national museum of Hungarian fine arts.
Address: 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
- 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
TIP: Frida Kahlo Exhibition – till 14. November 14
More than 30 works of the creative Mexican female painter will be on display till mid-November.
A great opportunity to a get a glimpse into the mythical inner world of Kahlo.
Permanent Exhibitons in the National Gallery
Currently the gallery has 10 permannet exhibitions covering all major periods from the history of Hungarian fine art.
- 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
Getting there: tram 2, tram 1 and Csepel HÉV (suburban railway to Csepel) Müpa-Nemzeti Színház stop,
- Temporary Exhibits (on the 1st and 2nd floor): Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 20.00
- Collection (3rd floor): Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00
- Closed on Mondays
- 24-25-26. December: CLOSED,
- 31. December: 10.00-14.00,
- 01. January 2017: 14.00-20.00
- temporary exhibitions: cc. 1 600 HUF
- combined ticket (valid for all current exhibits): 2 400 HUF
- 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 more about 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).
Address: Andrássy út 60., VI. district
Getting There: M1 (yellow) metro, Vörösmarty station or trams 4-6 Oktogon stop ( a short walk from there)
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00
- 3 000 HUF for adults,
- 1 500 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: 2 000 HUF, students, retirees: 1 000 HUF
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)
Closed from 03. Dec 2017 due to Moving to a NEW Location
One of Europe’s largest museum of its kind.
Getting There: tram 2, M2 Kossuth tér, bus 15, trolley-bus 70, 78
Tel: (+36) 473 2400
Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays.
The museum is closed due to moving to a new location. It will reopen in 2020.
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.
Getting there: 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)
- 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,[/tie_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.
Aquincum Museum & Archeological Park
Ruins of Settlement from the Roman Era
Getting there: 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)
Christmas – New Year: CLOSED between 24. December and 02. January 2018, reopens on 03. January 2018.
- 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
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
Budapest boasts a couple of smaller museums often within unusual settings and with intriguing exhibitions.
Zwack Museum & Visitor Center
Address: Dandár utca 1., district IX.
Getting There: trams 4 and 6, or tram 2, get off at Boráros tér, then a short walk
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Christmas Opening Hours: the Museum is closed on 24., 31. December and 01. January.
Tickets: full price: 2 200 HUF/prs –
The ticket includes
- an audio guide in several languages,
- viewing the display on the history of the Zwack family’s and the famous liqueur.
- tasting the Unicum bitter.
It doesn’t include a tour of the distillery area and the cellar.
TIP: You can however explore the Zwack Museum on a guided tour with Unicum tasting when you will walk down to the distillery and see the cellar while learning about all the mysteries surrounding the Unicum’s production.
Address: Kossuth Lajos tér, tram 2 or M2 metro (red line)
You can learn about
- the 1000 Year History of Hungarian Legislation
- the history of the Parliament building’s cosntruction
- see a collection of carved stones from the reconstruction and
- the 1956 Memorial & Exhibition
Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Art (Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Múzeum)
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.
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
- adult: 1 600 HUF,
- students (ages: 6-26),
- retirees (ages: 62-70): 800 HUF,
- FREE with BP. card
The 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)
Address: Csalán utca 29., II. district
Getting there: 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.,
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 Kastély Múzeum)
Address: Kastélypark utca 9., XXII. district
Tel: (+36 1) 207 0005
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00, closed on Mondays
- 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
This busy underpass gives home to an 2000-year old bath from the Roman era.
Underground Railway Museum
(Földalatti Vasúti Múzeum)
Address: Deák Ferenc metro underground pass, V. district
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.
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
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.
(Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár)
Address: Dohány utca 2., district VII., behind the Great Synagogue,
Getting there: M1, M2, M3 metro lines, Deák F. tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 413 5531
Closed on Saturdays, and Jewish Holidays.
- March 05 – April 29.: Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 18.00, Friday: 10.00 – 16.00
- April 30 – September 30.: Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 20.00, Friday: 10.00 – 16.00[
- October 01 – October 28. Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 18.00, Friday: 10.00 – 16.00
- October 29 – December 31.: Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 16.00, Friday: 10.00- 14.00
Single ticket, synagogue + museum, without guiding:
- full price: 3 000 HUF (2 700 HUF with Budapest card)
- 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.
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.
Address: Városligeti körút 11.. XIV. district
Getting There: 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
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.
Hungarian Railway Museum (Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park)
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
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.
1st Jan – 25th March
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
Fire Brigade Museum
Address: Martinovics tér 12., X. district
Getting there: buses 9, 32, 62, Trams 13, 28
Tel: (+36 1) 261 3586
Opening Hours: Mon- Thurs: 07.30 – 16.00, Fri: 07.30 – 14.00, Sat: 08.30 – 16.00, Sunday: CLOSED
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)
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
- 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, people 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
- children programs,
- theatrical performances and
- a range of other cultural events within its Kultea program.
Labyrinth of Buda Castle
Address: Úri utca 9., district I. (Buda Castle) or Lovas út 4/A.
Getting there: buses 16, 16/A or 116
Opening hours: every day: 10.00 – 19.00, tours by oil lamp: after 18.00
- adult: 2 500 HUF,
- students, retirees: 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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Museum Festival, Mayday of Museums
Date: 19 – 20. May, 2018
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, 24/25 June 2018
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.
More information: official website
Autumn Festival of Museums, end of September – mid-November 2018
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