Museums in Budapest
There are approximately 90 museums in Budapest, see the list below on the page. There is even a dedicated night called Night of Museums in Budapest in middle of June. This represents the incredibly rich historical and cultural values of the city. There is a museum of everything one is possible can speak of. Unfortunately many collections were destroyed during the last century. The usual entrance fee for Musem is usually 1-3000 HUF (3-9 EUR), please notice that most of the Museums are closed on Mondays.
We can classify the museums by several characteristics: how big or small they are, how popular they are, where are they located, how interesting are to kids, what can be seen there, how expensive the visit, when are they opened, etc. Regarding fees and opening hours already had information lets answer the other characteritics.
Bigger museums: Which are they? Typically the bigger ones located in the city center or close to other popular tourist targets such as Heroes square, Városliget (City park), and Deák square and inner city. These are the National Gallery, National Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Hall of Art, House of Terror, Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Hungarian history in Castle area, Museum of Ethnography, Hungarian Natural Science Museum. Most bigger museum has audio guide and is accessible with wheelchair as well.
Not all museum are in the city center some of them are scattered even in the most distant points in the city, from North to South.
I list the ones I think interesting.
House of Terror museum
The House of Terror museum located in the Andrassy street in the inner city. The museum shows the different regimes and what they did in Hungary. This museum is a living history. Socking to see the faces of the executed people and their executors as well by name, date of birth. Many of them still alive.
The building is located at a corner of the World Heritage Andrassy Avenue between Deak square and Heroes square in the City park. Formerly this building was used by the Political Police, there were prisons here as well. Formerly it was a residential building, and has other functions as well.
On the groundfloor there are many papers can be seen, the documents about people.
The cellars were used as a prison, they used the cellars of the neighboring houses as well. The museum has several levels. In the yard a tank can be seen in the background the photos of the many executed people. At the upper level there are videos about the different regimes, and there are old telephones as well, where possible to hear old recordings from different periods. There is a room which shows how a person worked for a Political Police, what kind of objects he had, how the room is looked.
At the basement it is possible to see the cellars, the photos of the people who executed others, candles for those who were executed this very building.
location: Andrassy u 60, 1062 Budapest
The Buda Castle is a must visit place in Budapest, and the National gallery is one of the most iconic building here. Here the paintings of the most famous Hungarian painters can be seen. The building is visible from many direction from below.
Hospital in the rock
This museum is also in the Castle district. In Hungarian (Sziklakorhaz). This special hospital can be found under the Buda Castle in 2300 m2 area. It was used during the World war and in 1956 revolution as well. It was a secret place, in 2008 was opened as a museum.
During the World was 40 doctors worked here during the air raids, and 6-700 patients. The shape of the hospitals follows the cave system.
Later it was constructed with separate electricity and water supply for nuclear attacks.
Location: Budapest Castle, Lovas u 1012.
Museum of Fine arts
Closed in 2015 due to reconstruction. A huge Museum district is constructed in the City park.
This is a big museum at the left side of the Heroes square if we see from the Andrassy road direction. The huge multi-storey building has lots of paintings and sculptures.
The National museum can be found in the Calvin square not far from the city center. This building is similar to the Museum of Fine Arts with 8 columns in the front.
Apart from the Hungarian Crown the other Coronary jewels can be found here.
Other museums near the city center:
Jewish Museum, Ernst Museum of contemporary arts,
Museums interesting for kids as well: I thought of Museum of Transport, Railway History Museum, Fire brigade museum.
Other museums not in the city center: Aquincum museum, Memento Park, Spa museum,Nagytétény castle museum, Chocolate museum.
Budapest is separated into 23 districts. The two inner number of the postal code shows the districts of the location. For example 1223 is in the 22nd district, 1015 is the first district.
List of Museums in Budapest
Here listed the websites and the locations as well.
Location: Budapest, Muzeum krt 14-16 In Calvin square in the city center
Location: Castle district, 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2.
In the Castle, Famous Hungarian painters and sculptors
House of Terror
Location: 1062 Budapest, Andrassy avenue 60. Monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building. At Each level it is possible to see how different regimes treat people
Location: Next to road No 7, Balatoni road Szabadka road crossing Outside of the city, statues of dictatorship from communism period
Museum of natural science
Location: Budapest, Ludovika ter 2-6, 1083
Exhibitions of people, animals and plants, collection of minerals and ancient creatures
Mai Mano haz photography
Location: 1065 Budapest, Nagymezo u 20.
The eight level building was handed over in 1894 for the request of Mai Mano (1855-1917) photographer. After Sandor Rozsnyai composer bought the building from the son of Mai Mano and they built the three level Arizona cabaret in the empty yard. This functions up to 1944, when the owners was deported. After it was a school, and has several other functions. The gallery was opened in 1999. The house shows how photography worked in the 19th century in reality. This was a working place of Mai Mano and fortunately the building/atelier was well preserved.
Fire Marshall museum
Budapest, Martinovics tér 12, 1105
The first Museum of this kind in Hungary was founded in 1900. The Museum is about the fire protection from the ancient ages to nowadays, the pipes used in fire fighting, coins, the only one Roman era water organ in the World,
1146 Budapest, Varosligeti korut 11There is a separate exhibition about areoplanes, both is in the City Park at the end of Andrassy road, behind the Heroes square
Museum of Etnography
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 12.All kinds of exhibitions about people, behaviours and culture
South East Gold Museum of Istvan Zelnik
1062 Budapest, Andrassy u 110.The Museum of Istvan Zelnik in Andrassy road near Heroes square, all kinds of gold objects from Southeast, there is a very nice tea house in the villa as well
Hopp Ferenc East Asian art museum
1062 Budapest, Andrassy u 103There are more than 20,000 objects in the Hopp Muzeum most connected to China and Japan. There are Indian, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamian objects, and regarding Islam culture as well. There are 22,000 books here as well
Museum of fine Arts
1146 Budapest Dózsa Gy u 41, at the Heroes squareThe Temporary exhibitions are usually very interesting, Closed from 16th of February 2015 to Spring 2018 because of reconstruction works
1146 Budapest, Dózsa Gy u 37, at the other side of Heroes square, facing the Museum of Fine ArtsThe biggest exhibition building in Budapest, mostly they show works of contemporary artists
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell str 1.Museum of Contemporary Art, The Ludwig museum can be found in the new Palace of Art at South Pest next to Rakoczi bridge
1077 Budapest, Dohany street 2.Most of the exhibition subjects are comes from donation, mostly Goldsmith works, but Hungarian ceramics works as well, in the big Synagogue
Railway History Park
Budapest, Tatai u 95.All kinds of Old railway vehicles vasuttortenetipark.hu/en
1031 Budapest, Záhony u 4.Roman era ruins, the Aquincum organ, gold and silver objects from the Palace of the Eparchwww.aquincum.hu
Museum of Applied Arts
1091, Budapest, Üllői u 33-37Collectors and treasures, Islamic art, I would say the building itself is an Art, I would have a hard time to think about anything similarwww.imm.hu/en
Nagyteteny Castle museum
1225, Budapest, Kastelypark u 9-11.Furniture Art from Gothic to Biedermeyer, precision and luxury clock and watch exhibition from famous watchmakers from 17-19th century, most of them signed, individual objects.www.imm.hu/en
1033 Budapest, Flórián tér 3-5. in the pedestrianm subway2-3 century AD it was a military camp here, and it was the biggest building. The size of the bath building was 120 x 140m, there were warm ang cold water poolsas well. The name of the bath is Thermae Maiores. The camp moved away in the 4th century. This was the first arceological trace in Hungary, it was discovered in 1778. http://www.btm.hu/?q=thermae
1074 Budapest, Hársfa u 47.The Stamp museum was established in 1930. Thr first place was not big enough, so soon they relocate the new museum in a new buidling, which was designed especially for this purpose, the tiles made in the famous Zsolnay factory has stamp form, and there are other porcelains from the factory as well. In the museum 500,000 artistic stamp can be seen in 3200 steel frames. Mostly Hungarian stamps. The total quantity of stamps are 13 million. There are various temporary exhibitions as well here apart from the permanent exhibitions.www.belyegmuzeum.hu
Turbe of Gul Baba
1023 Budapest Mecset u 14.
Gul Baba the Father of Roses was a Turkish dervis (fighting monk), according to tradition he arrived with the Troops and died at the time of thanksgiving for City occupying ceremony (2nd of Szept 1541). He had a huge funeral, where the Sultan (I. Szulejman) also attended. The Turbe (Mauzoleum) was built from 1543-48, the place is a pilgrimage site from that time.www.btm.hu
Museum of Military History
1014 Budapest, Kapisztrán tér 2-4, In the Castle districtMilitary history of Hungary, Happy peace years, the army of the Monarchy
Holocaust Memorial Center
1094 Budapest, Páva u 39.
The Holocaust memorial center was opened in February 2015. The museum is about the Hungarian holocaust history and the arts connected to it. There is a database as well, and many books and other resources. There is a bookstore in the building and a cafe house as well.
Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum
1014 Budapest Tárnok str. 18 in the Castle DistrictThe History of Apothecary, alchemy and chemistry
Hospital in the rock
1012 Budapest, Lovas u 4/C
in the Castle Emergency hospital 1944-45, 1956, in the Castle
1146 Budapest Városliget (City Park) Vajdahunyad Castlethe history of Hungarian agriculture, the grape and wine history in Europe, the history of fishing in Hungary, hunting exhibition, forestry, domestication
Budapest, Nagymező u 8.The Ernst museum shows contemporary art, founded by Lajos Ernst.
1037 Budapest Kiscelli u 108.
It shows the history of Budapest and it’s inhabitants, in the 18-21 century
Buda Castle Labiryth
Unfortunately often closed, seems only opens in 2016 perhaps together with the Castle Cave, very interesting place
Bajor Gizi actor / actress museum
1124 Budapest, Stromfeld Aurél u 16.
About famous Hungarian actors /
Endre Ady Memorial Museum
1053 Budapest, Veres Pálné str. 4-6
One of the most famous Hungarian poet
Police History Museum
1087 Budapest, Mosonyi u 7.
Police History Museum was first opened in 1908, and was closed afterwards several times, and was opened lately in 1999.
1033 Budapest, Szentlélek tér 6.
The oevre of Victor Vasarely (1906-97) an op art artist, very interesting shapes with cubes, and symmetrical shapes, with different colors, the bigger Vasarely museum in located in Pecs
1092 Budapest, Ráday u 28.
The World of Bible museum, apart from the beautiful old Bibles, the museums shows the background of how the Bibles were created. The Museum shows the relationship between Bible and archeology, the text of the Bible, the Hungarian Bible, and the Translated Bibles.
Hungarian Architecture museum
1036 Budapest, Mókus u 20.
In the Retail and catering museum
Retail and catering industry museum
1036 Budapest, Mókus u 20.
The History of catering, two century from the history of commerce, the history of insurance
Mill History Museum
1095 Budapest, Soroksari u 24.
Millenium Underground Museum
1052 Budapest Deak square
The Museum was opened in 1975. The first underground in Continental Europe in Budapest was opened in 1896.
Location: 1027 Budapest, Bem J u 20.
The Foundry museum was opened in 1969. The foundry functioned here even in the sixties. This was a factory of Ganz Abraham, they produced train wheels here. Mechwart Andras also worked here.
Location: 1068 Budapest, Benczúr u 27.Post museum
Location: 1014 Budapest, Uri u 49.
In the Castle
1162 Budapest, Bekecs u 22.
Yes it is possible to eat chocolate there, and see hundred year old tools, and chocolate papers, it is also possible to make chocolate, but the places is little far from the city center, it is in the 16th district. Formerly it was a Hunting Lodge
Kresz Géza Ambulance Museum
Location: 1055 Budapest, Markó u 22.
It is possible to see the objects of Ambulance and History as well. In the Ambulance Palace in the city center. The Museum was founded by Kresz Geza.
Location: 1033 Budapest, Fő tér 1.
Old Buda three faces of one city
Petofi Literature Museum
Petofi Sandor one of the most famous poet in Hungary, the writings, documents not just Petofi but hand writings, books other poets and writers as well (Jokai, Ady, Jozsef Attila)