Hungarian Natural History Museum

Fun & Exciting for the Whole family

The Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest has exciting and educational temporary exhibitions every year. The museum, which possesses the most extensive collection on the natural history of Hungary and the Carpathian Basin, is situated on Ludovika tér in the district VIII. in the former Ludovika Military Academy.

The museum offers some intriguing exhibits and photo displays like the Ice Age, or the Giants of Patagonia on Dinosaurs.

It has some great hands-on displays great for educational purposes in a fun way. The rich mineral collection is also worth a visit.

The giant rock formations in front of the entrance are from various geologic time periods from several parts of the country: for example one is from the Devonian era (420 – 360 million years ago) from Szabadbattyán (central Hungary).

Hungarian Natural History Museum from outside
entrance of the Natural History Museum

 

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Basic Information on the Natural History Museum, Budapest

Address: Ludovika tér 2-6., district VIII.

Getting to the Natural History Museum is easy either by public transport or by car. If you’re going to use public transport take the M3 (blue metro) and get off at Klinikák or Nagyvárad tér stations.

By car: you have to drive along Üllői road and turn off at

There’s a spacious, free parking area by the side of Üllői út or you can leave your car in the museum’s parking lot.

On Map:

Opening hours: 10.00-17.00, closed on Tuesdays and Mondays

Tickets: permanent exhibits: full price: 1 200 HUF, ages 6-26: 800 HUF, ages above 62: 800 HUF, free for children under 6 and people over 70

Entrance fee to the Dino Garden: full price: 400 HUF, ages 2-26 and above 62: 300 HUF

TIP: For up-to-date information on ticket prices please visit the museum’s website.

Hungarian Natural History Museum – Amazing Displays at Every Corner

The display area of Hungarian Natural History Museum occupies 5000 square meters so devote at least a couple of hours to visiting the museum because not only the temporary exhibits but the permanent exhibitions promise interesting

Skeleton of a 2-ton whaleAt the entrance of the Natural History Museum in Budapest a stone park greets the visitors. The rocks weigh a couple of tons and they relate the Earth’s geological history stretching back several million years.

After stepping in the modern building of the museum a giant skeleton of a 2-ton fin whale draw the eye upwards.

The well-preserved remains of the animal is hanging up in the air of the main hall of the museum fitted at 10 points to a specifically assembled wooden beam structure.

This specimen displayed in the Natural History Museum in Budapest was captured in the Atlantic Ocean in 1896 during the heyday of industrial-scale whaling. The burn marks on the skull was caused by a fire in 1958.

The bone structure weighs 2000 kg out which the skull alone measures around 1000 kg. After admiring the skeleton, steps lead you down to the main hall where you can purchase your tickets.

Here you’ll find a mineral shop, a gift shop. The lavatories are next to the glass doors leading to the exhibition halls. While queuing in front of the ticket boxes, take a look at the tiles covering the walls. Some of the tiles are in fact stone reliefs.

Stone Relief

Temporary Exhibitions

The museum has some exciting temporary exhibits each year. Both the Ice Age and the Dinosaurs – the Giants of Patagonia exhibits were very popular, offering a great program for families with kids on rainy days.

Dinosaurs – Giants of Patagonia from till July 31. 2014.

Date: 28. September 2013 – 31. July 2014., every day (except Tuesday when the museum is closed): 10.00 – 18.00

Tickets: full price: 1 950 HUF, ages 6-26 and above 62: 1 050 HUF

Logo of the giants of Patagonia exhibitThe most ancient and largest dinos of the world come to Budapest again at the end of September 2013. Copies of skeletons, dino nests, fossils of eggs, playful hands-on displays.

Argentina is one of the richest area in the world regarding paleontology findings with 30 sites explored in the previous 3 decades.

We get to see a large part of this 30-years work in the Hungarian Natural History Museum.

There is also a permanent exhibit on The Age of Dinosaurs in Hungary titled Lost Worlds: body reconstructions, whole skeletons found in Hungary complemented with a unique interactive computer technology.

If you or your kid is a real dino buff then do visit the small Dino Garden of the museum packed with life-size statues of dinos. (you need to buy separate tickets).

Ice Age (Jégkorszak) – A Spectacular & Interactive Exhibition

From 2nd April to 17th November 2008 the Ice Age temporary exhibition was the main attraction in the museum.

The Ice Age Exhibition in Budapest

Besides having focused on the era of the last ice age, the exhibition also explained the facts behind global warming highlighting the responsibility of human activity.

This was a great informative display that helped children understand scientific phenomena related to climatic changes by using hands-on tools like touch screen monitors showing migration of animals during the glacial periods.

Touch-screen in the Ice age exhibition
Son trying out the touch-screen
watching an educational film
There were several television sets running short documentary films about various topics pertaining to the ice age and the natural history of our planet.

Son playing with the board games
The board games engage even smaller kids.

Mummified Mammoth baby-Ice Age ExhibitThe star of the display was however Gyima, the mummified body of a 40,000-old baby mammoth found in Russia in 1977.

A gold-miner came across the finding in the frozen, upper layers of the Kolyma river in Siberia.

The 6-7-month old calf had probably fallen into a deep pit and was unable to climb out.

Hunger and the freezing temperature caused its death. After the discovery the corpse was taken to the Zoological Institute in Leningrad when it was researched.

Since 1980 Gyima was exhibited in several countries: USA, Japan, Germany, France, Finland and Korea.

Besides the mammoth calf, you could see other long-extinct animals of the glacial era like saber-toothed tiger, woolly rhinos, giant deers.

mammoth
saber tooth tiger

Before reaching the Ice Age exhibition you walk through a beautiful coral reef display arranged under 122 square meter glass floor.

Coral Reef-Display

With Teeth – With Claw: The World of Mammal Predators

The display in the main exhibition hall provided a glimpse into the life of predators that always triggered awe and fear in humans.

Texts in Hungarian and English told you about the main characteristics of these fearful animals including description of their habitats.

Daddy and son with a bear
son in front of a wolf

Hungarian Grey – Photo Exhibition (until 28.07.2008.)

Hungarian grey cattle Photo Exhibit

Large scale photos highlighting the Hungarian grey cattle and showing various aspects of life in the Hungarian Puszta.

Birds of the Carpathian Basin – Temporary Exhibit

The exhibition, which is structured according to taxonomic order of the species – introduces the world of birds living in the Carpathian basin.

Man & Nature in Hungary – Permanent Exhibition of the Hungarian Natural History Museum

The historical-ecological show focuses on the relationship between man and his natural ecosystem, in the Carpathian Basin.

The exhibit on 800 square meters tell us how men exploited natural resources while altering and often causing serious damages to the environment.

Besides demonstrating the facts and the consequences of human activity, the exhibition identifies possible solutions to preserve natural ecological systems.

A great enlightening exhibition recommended to both grown ups and children.

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