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The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)

The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria) is housed in the main wing of Buda Castle facing the Danube. A wide cross-section of Hungarian painting and sculpture is on display, ranging from the time of the Magyar invasion through the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, to the richly-productive 19th and 20th centuries. The sculptures and panel paintings from the medieval and Renaissance periods are of particular interest, as are the Late Baroque works and 19th century paintings and sculptures by Gyula Benczúr, Viktor Madarász, Pál Szinyei Merse, László Paál, Mihály Munkácsy, Bálint Kiss, Mór Than, Alajos Stróbl and György Zala. Also very worthy of study are pictures painted in the 20th Century, including works by Béla Czóbel, József Egry, Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry and József Rippl-Rónai, as well as sculptures from this period (Béni Ferenczy, Ferenc Medgyessy).

Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery)
Budavári Palota (Buda Castle – A-B-C-D buildings)
Budapest I. Szent György tér 2.
Phone: +36-1-201-9082

Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum)
(closed for renovations until spring 2018)

Apart from the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts is the most important and comprehensive art collection in Budapest, and one of the largest galleries with works by world famous old masters. While the National Gallery primarily displays  fine art produced by Hungarians, this Museum is dedicated to the collection and presentation of universal masterpieces of art. Its extensive collection of Italian, Spanish and Dutch paintings enjoys an international reputation.

The history of the gallery begins in the year 1870, when the Hungarian government inherited a fine collection of paintings, drawings and prints from Count Miklós Esterházy, who had assembled it over a number of years. As the result of a systematic purchasing policy, supplemented by various private collections and endowments, including a large number of painted panels owned by J. L. Pyrker, Archbishop of Eger, and paintings from the collection of Archbishop Arnold Ipolyi, the range of exhibits increased rapidly; in addition to paintings, prints and sculptures were also soon obtained. The most recent sections are the Ancient Art Collection (1908) and the Egyptian Collection (1934).

Plans for a representative new building to house the extensive collection formed part of the preparations for the Millenium Festival in 1896. The huge neo-classical building we see today was designed by A. Schickedanz and F. Herzog and was handed over to the city in 1906. The architects based their design on Ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance styles, as witnessed by the façade and the interior.

The ground floor houses the Egyptian Department, the Ancient Art Department and temporary exhibitions of prints, paintings and sculptures. On the first floor you can find the Art Gallery, containing works dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries from all the major European schools of paintings. The museum also has an old sculpture collection and a graphic arts section. The basement is reserved for temporary exhibitions and 20th century art (Modern Collection).

The museum offers guided tours in nine different languages. Another option is to rent an audio tour, which will guide you either through the Old Masters' Gallery Collection and Modern Collection, or through the current temporary exhibition (Check for temporary exhibitions on the museum’ website).

It's a must to see works by some of the most famous artists of all times, such as Raphael, Tintoretto, Van Dyck, El Greco, Velazquez and Goya. If you prefer prints and drawings, you can find interesting pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Delacroix, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Poussin.

Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts)
Budapest XIV. Dózsa György út 41.
(Hősök tere - Heroes’ Square)
Phone: +36-1-469-7100

Hungarian National Museum

With its eight conspicuous columns and huge open-air steps, the National Museum is one of the city’s most impressive buildings.

As the first museum in Hungary, it was founded by a highly educated peer, Count Ferenc Széchenyi in 1802, who offered his manuscript, map, numismatic and print collection to form the core material for a national museum to be built. Mihály Pollack was hired to design the building and the classical-style museum was inaugurated in 1847. A memorial completed by Alajos Stróbl in 1893, to the famous Hungarian poet János Arany (1817–1882), stands in front of the museum. Further busts and memorials of famous people can be found in the park-like museum garden.

In 1848, one year after it was opened, the National Museum witnessed an epochal moment in  the Hungarian history. On 15 March 1848, Sándor Petőfi, a foremost patriotic poet at the time, stood on the left pillar of the stairway of the National Museum and recited to the crowd his fiery poem entitled "National Song", which he had finished only hours earlier. This poem appealed to the nation to launch a revolution to liberate Hungary from Habsburg oppression.

Major donations and purchases played important roles to grow the museum’s collection, including large donations by the Kubinyi, Pyrker, and Marczibányi families, with the most outstanding purchase from the Jankovich family. Later in the 19th century, large collections were separated from the museum to form new specialized museums, such as the Museums of Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Natural Science, and National Culture.

The main exhibitions of the National Museum today focus on the history of Hungary from the Stone Age to the present. The history of the country is comprehensively featured here through the following permanent exhibitions:

  • Hungarian history from the foundation of the state to 1990 and the Middle Ages
  • Modern and Contemporary History
  • Scholarly Hungarians who helped create 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

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum (Hungarian National Museum)
Budapest VIII. Múzeum körút 14–16.
Phone: +36-1-338-2122

Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum)

The Castle Museum (the Medieval Department of the Budapest History Museum) is housed in the south wing of the palace. It is one of the most significant collections in the capital, featuring artefacts and masterpieces of fine arts from the history of the city. The collection contains highly interesting documents, ceramics, wrought-iron work, textiles, household utensils and other objects which provide a comprehensive picture of life in the independent towns of Óbuda, Buda and Pest from the Middle Ages up to 1872.

Budapest Történeti Múzeum – Vármúzeum (Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum)
Budavári  Palota - Buda Castle « E » building
Budapest I. Szent György tér 2.
Phone: +36-1-487-8800

The Budapest History Museum has additional collections in other parts of the city. These are:

Aquincumi Múzeum - Ókortörténeti Osztály, Ős- és Népvándorláskori Osztály (Aquincum Museum – Prehistoric Age and Ancient Age Department)

Budapest III. Szentendrei út 135. and Záhony u. 3.
Phone: +36-1-250-1650

Kiscelli Múzeum - Újkori Osztály, Fővárosi Képtár (Kiscelli Museum – New Age Department and Art Gallery)

Budapest III. Kiscelli u. 108.
Exhibition locations of the Budapest History Museum

  • Gül Baba türbéje (Tomb of Gül Baba)
  • Fürdőmúzeum (Bath Museum)
  • Hercules-villa (Hercules Villa)
  • Középkori Zsidó Imaház (Medieval Jewish Tabernacle)

Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum)

The Budapest Museum of Applied Arts, one of the oldest of its kind, dates from 1872. It is not just the exhibits, but also the architectural splendours of the museum that make it a pleasure to visit. The three-story building, which first opened its doors in 1896, was designed in Hungarian Art Nouveau style by Ödön Lechner. With this design, Lechner returned to the past, dreamed up many Oriental forms and merged them with elements from Hungarian folk art to produce a new style. This extremely popular Budapest museum is especially interesting for visitors who have a passion for interior design and architecture. You can find a lot of beautiful objects here, from rare and invaluable handicrafts to mass-produced antiques: Boulle furniture, Brussels lace, Meissen Vienna and Herend ceramincs, Gallé and Tiffany glass, jewellery, costumes, shoes, fans, and of course, Zsolnay porcelain.

Iparművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Applied Arts)
Budapest IX. Üllői út 33–37.
Phone: +36-1-456-5100

Memento Park

There are 42 statues and monuments displayed in the Park. It highlights the legacy of the Communist era (1945-1989), including allegorical monuments to "Hungarian-Soviet Friendship" and "Liberation", as well as statues of famous personalities from the labour movement, soldiers of the Red Army and other gigantic pieces, such as the statue of Lenin, Marx, Engels, Dimitrov, Captain Ostapenko, Béla Kun and other "heroes" of the communist world. One of the favourites for visitors is the Liberation Army Soldier. A hammer-and-sickle flag in his hand and a cartridge-disc machine gun hanging around his neck make the statue complete. This 6-metre-tall statue of the evil-eyed Soviet soldier once stood on the top of Gellért Hegy in the centre of Budapest, so that no one could lose sight of him.

When facing the main entrance, one has the impression of entering a monumental classicist building. Looking behind the installation, one realizes that it is nothing else than a gigantic piece of scenery, a perfect representation of the nature of this type of dictatorship.

Memento Park (Statue Park)
Budapest XXII. Balatoni út (Highway 70) and Szabadkai út Corner
Phone: +36-1-424-7500

Other museums and galleries

Arany Sas Patikamúzeum (Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum) – (

Bajor Gizi Színészmúzeum  (Gizi Bajor Actress Museum)


Bartók Béla Emlékház (Béla Bartók Memorial House)- (

Bélyegmúzeum (Stamp Museum) - (

Budavári Labirintus (Buda Castle Labyrinth) – (

Citadella (Citadel) - (

Dreher Sörmúzeum (Dreher Beer Museum) - Söripari Emléktár - 


Evangélikus Országos Múzeum (National Lutheran Museum) – 


Fürdőmúzeum (BathMuseum) - (

Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum (Museum of Military History) - (

Herkules Villa (Hercules Villa)- (

Holocaust Dokumentációs Központ és Emlékgyűjtemény (Holocaust Documentation Centre and Memorial Collection) - (

Kodály Zoltán Emlékmúzeum és Archívum (Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum and Archives) – (

Közlekedési Múzeum Földalatti Vasúti Múzeum - (Museum of Transportation – Underground Railway Museum) – (

Közlekedési Múzeum - Repüléstörténeti és Űrhajózási Kiállítás (Museum of Transport -Exhibition on the History of Aviation and Spacecrafts) - (

Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum és Kutatóközpont (Franz Liszt Memorial Museum) - (

Ludwig Múzeum - Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum – Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts) - (

Magyar Kereskedelmi és Vendéglátóipari Múzeum – (Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism) - (

Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum (Hungarian Agricultural Museum) - (

Magyar Műszaki és Közlekedési Múzeum (Hungarian Technical Museum and Museum of Transport) - (

Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum (Hungarian Natural History Museum) - (

Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park (Hungarian Railway Museum - (

Magyar Zsidó Múzeum és Levéltár (Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives) - (

Millenáris – Csodák Palotája, Pixel Galéria (Millenary – Palace of Wonders, Pixel Gallery) - (

Műcsarnok – (

Nagytétényi Kastélymúzeum (Nagytétény Castle Museum) - (

Néprajzi Múzeum (Museum of Ethnography) - (

Óbudai Múzeum (Museum of Óbuda) - (

Országos Pedagógiai Könyvtár és Múzeum (National Educational Library and Museum) - (

Országos Színháztörténeti Múzeum és Intézet (Hungarian Theatre History Museum and Institute) - (

Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum (Petőfi Museum of Literature) - (

Postamúzeum (Postal Museum) - (

Reneszánsz Panoptikum (Renaissance Wax Museum) – (

Semmelweis Orvostörténeti Múzeum, Könyvtár és Levéltár (Semmelweis Museum of Medicinal History – (

Sziklakórház (Hospital in the Rock) – (

Telefónia Múzeum (Museum of Telephony) – 


Terror Háza Múzeum (House of Terror Museum) - (

Monuments to visit

Parliament (Országház)
V. Kossuth tér 1–3.
Phone: +36-1-441-4415
Entrance at Gate 10

Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház)
VI. Andrássy út 22.
Phone: +36-1-331-2550; +36-1-332-8197

St Stephen’s Basilica (Szt. István bazilika)
V. Szent István tér
Phone: +36-1-317-2859

Downtown Diocese Church (Belvárosi Plébániatemplom)
V. Március 15. tér 2.
Phone: +36-1-318-3108

Dohány Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga és Zsidó Múzeum
VII. Dohány utca 2.
Phone: +36-1-342-8949

Matthias Church (Mátyás templom)
I. Szentháromság tér
Phone: +36-1-355-5657
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Other places of interest

Amusement Park (Vidámpark)
XIV. Állatkerti körút 14–16.
Phone: +36-1-363-7091

Buda Castle Funicular (Budavári Sikló)
I. Clark Ádám tér

Budapest Zoological and Botanical Gardens (Budapesti Állat- és Növénykert)
XIV. Állatkerti krt. 6–12.
Phone: +36-1-273-4901

Campona Tropicarium

Childrens’ Railway and Zugliget Chairlift (Gyermekvasút és a Zugligeti libegő)

Grand Circus of Budapest (Budapesti Nagycirkusz)
XIV. Állatkerti körút 12/a
Phone: +36-1-344-6008


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