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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 24

Explore Unique Exhibitions and Enjoy Exciting Programs in Museums of Budapest

Date: 24. June, 2017.

Venues: Museums of Budapest


the museum of Fine Arts at night

  • adult: 1 500 HUF,
  • children (aged 6-18): 600 HUF,
  • free for kids under 6 years of age.

The ticket is an armband that you wear on your arm and show at the museum’s entrance.

You can participate in the programs on the night of 24. June as well as view the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the museums.

You can also travel on the museum bus to get from one place to another.

Where to Buy Tickets?

  • at the ticket office of the participating museums or at
  • the ticket offices of the Budapest Public Transportation Company/BKK – main ticket offices can be found at the metro stations.

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

This year the main theme of the event is “Heroes, explorers, innovators/Hősök, felfedezők, újítók”.

Two dozen museums, exhibition halls offer close to 80 programs in the main theme:

  • The Hungarian National Museum (Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.) will turn into a Square of Superheroes.
  • The Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Art on Andrássy Avenue 103. (near Heroes’ Square) invites you to explore Korea.

Museum Programs on 24. June 2017

One thing I like very much about the Night of Museums that it offers a wide range of children programs so the whole family can have an awesome time on the longest day of the year.

facade of the Ethnography Museum, Budapest

Around to 50 museums, exhibition halls and other venues welcome visitors with art, literary, folk and gastronomy programs on Midsummer Night.

Many programs start at in the afternoon (14.00-16.00) so you can have a really good cultural half-day on Saturday.

Gastronomy programs are my other favourites and there’ll be a couple of them on this year’s festival too.

Bus Services to Help You Get Around

7 Colour-Coded Night of Museum Bus Line  will circulate the city to help visitors to get from one museum to another (your ticket entitles you to use the special transportation for the event free):

  • 1 North Pest Line (Észak-Pest) (Frequency:
  • 2 Buda Line (Frequency: 3-10 minutes between: 18.00 – 2.30 am)
  • 3 South Pest Line (Dél-Pest) (Frequency: 5-10 minutes between: 18.00 – 2.30 am)
  • 4 Törley Line (Frequency: 7-10 minutes between: 18.00 – 2.30 am)
  • 5 Óbuda Line (Frequency: 30 minutes, between: 18.00 – 2.30 am)
  • 6. Buda Castle Line (Frequency: 3-10 minutes between: 19.15 – 2.35 am)
  • Bajor Gizi Line (Frequency: 8-15 minutes, between: 18.00 – 2.20 am)

Spectacular exhibitions and programs make this event a very nice summer night entertainment. Here are some of the programs and participating museums in Hungary’s capital:

Program TIPS (2017 programs will be available in the beginning of June)

Törley Champagne Visitor Center

Getting there: tram 47 from Deák tér (M1, m3, M3 metros), or with the dedicated Törley Bus line (blue coloured)

Program starts: at 14.00 on 24. June/Saturday

champagnes stored in the cellar of Törley champagne factoryThe Törley Visitor Center (Budapest, Anna utca 5-7., district XXII.) welcomes visitors with

  • concerts (between 17.30 and 20.30),
  • champagne tasting and an
  • exhibition introducing the history of champagne making in Hungary.

You can also take a walk in the lovely Törley Castle and park.

More information at the visitor center’s website.

Labyrinth in the Castle – Meet Dracula!

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle will have a spooky night tour with movie screenings and exhibitions. The former dungeon under the rock ceiling inside castle Hill hides a dark secret.

Dracula himself will appear on the shortest night of the year but you may encounter other spooky characters in the cave meandering at 12 kms under the ground.

Shaman drum music between 18.00-23.00 to chase away demons and ghosts! Ghost-buster spice gift at the end of the program!

Events in the Museum of Applied Arts

the glass roofed main hall of the Applied Arts MuseumAddress: Üllői út 33-37., district IX.

The museum will have craft workshops and other programs for families with children. You can go on guided tour of the museum building, from the basement to the attic of the museum, in the footsteps of the architect, Ödön Lechner.

In the Beer Tent you can find out everything you want to know about making beer and tast some fine brews: between 17.00 – 02.00 am.

You can also view the current exhibitions of the museum.

For Children

Castle Museum, Buda Castle, Royal Palace

Take the Buda Castle Bus line to get there.

The musuem will have all sorts of fun and adventurous programs for both children and adults, here are some that kids will most likely enjoy.

  • Paint Buda! – Giant Family Coloring, in the Baroque hall of the museum, at 17.00-19.00: You can color an etching depicting medieval Buda.
  • Knight’s trial – a medieval swordsmanship, at 17.00-18.00, in the courtyard opening from the Királypince.
  • TIP: Knights in the Night – Kings in the Light: English language guiding in the medieval palace.

Center of Scientific Wonders (Csodák Palotája), Campona Shopping Centre

our son and his friend in the Csopa
Our son and his friend in the Center of Scientific Wonders

Take the Törley bus line to get there.

The center is a favourite of every Hungarian kid where they can try their hands on numerous scientific games and activities on more than 1 300 sqm.

On the Night of Museums the centre welcomes the young and not so young ones alike with a varied and exciting program from 18.00 to 24.00: math puzzles and mysteries, spectacular chemistry and physics experiments and more.

Olden Days Toys – Retro toys Exhibition Space and Shop

Address: Teréz krt. 54., district VI.

Revisit your favourite toys from your childhood, buy replicas, tale part in a toy repair contest and on the opening ceremony of the musical box exhibition.

The Story Museum in Döbrentei utca, Buda
The Story Museum in Döbrentei utca, Buda

Fairytales and Story in the Story Museum (Mesemúzeum)

Address: Döbrentei utca 15., Buda, district I.

Concerts, magician show, theatre programs and creative activities await kids in this lovely museums.

Other museums that have Children Programs on the Night of Museums

  • National Gallery
  • Art Hall (Kunsthalle)
  • National Archives
  • Capital Circus of Budapest (City Park, Állatkerti krt. 12/a, district XIV.): Artists’ School student performance, music programs, trying out artist equipment
  • Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism (Korona tér 1., district III, Óbuda): exhibits, craetive activities, theatre performances, gastronomy programs
  • Hungarian Sport Museum (Istvánmezei út 3-5, district XIV.)
  • Pesti Barnabas Technical School of Food Industry (Andrássy út 63-65., district VI.): making Sekler cake (Kürtöskalács)
  • Postal Museum (Benczúr u. 27., district VI.)
  • Police Museum (Mosonyi utca 5. district VIII.)
  • Military History Institute and Museum (Kapisztrán tér 2-4., district I., Buda Castle)
  • Stamp Museum (Hársfa u. 47., district VII.


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