Visiting some of Budapest museums can be a wonderful insight on the city, its culture, history and peoples.
Depending on your own personal interests, there can be a number of must-see museums to encounter, explore and enjoy. The museums in Budapest are well maintained and cover a wide array of different themes from music, art, history and much much more! With well over 50 different museums available, visitors to Budapest will find plenty to keep them occupied. You don't need to be a history buff to enjoy them, although the Budapest History Museum on Castle Hill is a definite highlight.
Budapest has some big museums offering large-scale exhibitions but there are a good number of smaller, more intimate museums, too.
Budapest History Museum
This museum consists of three museums: the Castle Museum(located in the Buda Castle), the Kiscell Museum (located in the III District- Obuda) and the Aquincum Museum (located also in the III District- Szentendrei út). Exhibition highlights include Gothic sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda, Budapest's prehistoric era, the Baroque sculpture hall and the medieval Royal Palace of the Buda Castle.
Buda Castle (Building E,Lion Courtyard, Kiscell Museum( III District, Kiscelli út 108),Aquincum Museum(III District,139 Szentendrei út)
Hungarian National Museum
The Hungarian National Museum was the first museum of the country. Hungarian National Museum. It was founded in 1802 thanks to Count Ferenc Széchyenyi's generosity who offered his private collection of coins, books and documents to the nation. The imposing Neo-Classical building houses the richest collection of Hungary's artworks and artifacts representing its history from the time of the first inhabitants of the country (400BC) until Hungary's recent history which is represented with photographs and documents.
Múzeum körút 14-16.
Museum of Ethnography
Take a glimpse into the history of Hungarian social life and culture. The permanent exhibition displays a collection related to the Hungarian National Floklore of late 19th century and early 20th century. The exhibition features artifacts, craftwork, ceramics, clothes, embroidery and everyday items that belonged to people from the region. The building itself is very elegant with marble staircases and large, spacious galleries with information in English. This beautiful eclectic palace was designed by Alajos Hauszmann and was finished in 1896. It served as the Supreme Court until 1949.
There are up to 20 temporary exhibitions all year round including the World Press Photo Exhibition.
Kossuth Lajos tér 12.
Budapest Museum of Fine Arts
Another superb offering from Budapest. The museum of Fine Arts houses Hungary's premier collection of international art dating from antiquity to the 20th century. On the Ground floor there is the section dedicated to the Greek and Romans; here sculptures, pottery and artwork are on display. In the basement you will find the Egyptian section where mummies and painted sarcophagi are the main characters. The first floor exhibits works by El Greco, Murillo and Goya, besides an Italian collection where you will find works by Raphael and Titian. Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Manet, Cézanne and Vasarely's artworks are exhibited at the Modern Department of the museum.Great temporary exhibitions are on display constantly featuring renowned local and international artists.
Dózsa György út 41. (Heroes Square)
Hungarian National Gallery
The Hungarian National Gallery houses the largest public collection of Fine Arts in Hungary. This collection covers both the history of Fine Arts in this nation and how it continues to develop.
Displays include medieval and Renaissance stone carvings fragments of 11th-15th century, architecture and marble carvings from king Matthias' palace, great collections of late-Renaissance and Barroque art. Also, it exhibits 19th-century collections which display the main strains of Romanticism and Arts of the first half of the 20th century.
Szent György tér 2. Buda Castle
Museum of Applied Arts
The Museum of Applied Arts is housed in a glorious Art Nouveau building and I rate this highly as one of Budapest's must-sees. Exhibitions show fabric, textile and costume design, art collections, works using glass, pottery and porcelain. This museum gives a magnificent overview of the development of the crafts from the Middle Ages onwards. Collectors and Works of Art is a permanent exhibition that features the creation and history of this museum.
ÜllĹ‘i út 33-37.
Museum of Transport
One of the oldest and best collections of transport in Europe - this museum is a must-see for trainspotters! Also recommend is the permanent exhibitions on flight, space flight, sailing and the collection of old cars and bicycles.
Városliget körút 11.
Viktor Vasarely was a world famous Hungarian painter who lived in France from an early age. Vasarely became famous for his Optic-Art, which is one of the XIX century's most interesting directions within three-dimentional art. The gardens are also nice to wonder around and there are.
Szentlélek tér 6. (Óbuda)
Budapest Holocaust Memorial Centre
Saddening as it is, the Holocaust Memorial Center was set up in the memory of those victims of the holocaust in Hungary. A very educational experience and a complete collection that continues to grow. The centre houses a permanent exhibition, local and international temporary exhibitions, a research center, a synagogue and a bookshop with a wide selection of excellent English books. Displays include audio/visuals, posters, time-lines,personal stories, documents, and artifacts. The courtyard is surrounded by an 8 metre glass wall where the names of Hungarian victims of the Holocaust are engraved onto.
Páva u. 39
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommend to any visitor interested in the contemporary art of both Hungary and on an international level. Don't miss important works from Picasso, Warhol and make the most of your visit by seeing unique temporary exhibitions from alternative European artists.
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