Places to see in Budapest

Museums

National Gallery

This is the largest public collection of Hungarian fine arts. The museum is housed within the Royal Palace of Buda's buildings A, B, C and D and presents Hungarian art work from the medieval era and up to the 20th century. This is the best museum to see Hungarian art work but for international art.

National Museum

This museum highlights the history, art and archaeology of Hungary and is housed in a distinctive Neo-Classical building. This is the country's oldest museum, founded in 1802. The museum building dates back to 1847 and was designed by Mihaly Pollack. The impressive façade has eight tall columns supporting a pediment adorned with a carved.

Budapest History Museum

There are three branches to the Budapest History Museum each in a different location – the Roman Antiquities Museum (Aquincum Museum); the Fine Art Museum (Kiscelli Museum) and the Castle Museum. The museum was established in 1887 and the main branch (Castle Museum) moved to its present location in building E of Buda Castle in 1967.

Museum of Applied Arts

The beautiful building which houses the Applied Arts Museum in Budapest was designed by Odon Lechner and constructed in the Art-Nouveau style in 1896. The building and museum were part of the Hungarian Millennium Feast celebrations in 1896 and the aim was to work towards a typical Hungarian style based on the many cultural influences in the country.

Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center is housed within the former 1920s Pava Synagogue, the complex includes a research center, a memorial and a museum dedicated to Hungarian Jews who lost their lives in WWII. The architecture of the redesigned synagogue is meant to reflect the emotions and horror associated with the Holocaust

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War History Museum

Budapest's military museum is on the Buda side of the city in a former military barracks constructed in the 1830s. The exhibits include weapons from the pre-Ottoman era and as far back as the Hungarian war history of the Middle Ages. There are 30,000 military uniforms, 50,000 weapons, 5,000 flags, documents, maps, military themed art work, coins, models, medals, tools.

House of Terror

Having survived two terror regimes, the Nazis and the Soviets Hungary fittingly opened a museum dedicated to those who died, suffered and survived those horrendous periods of Hungarian history. The museum is fittingly housed within the building where victims of the Soviet regime were captivated, tortured and killed.

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Museum of Transport

The Budapest Transport Museum is housed in a Transportation Hall which was constructed for the 1896 Millennium Exhibition. The Transport Museum was inaugurated here only a few years after the hall was constructed but the museum collection suffered badly during WWII.

Natural History Museum

This museum dates back to 1802. The museum covers 5,000m² and is spread over three floors in the former Ludovika Military Academy. The museum explores plant life, animals, minerals, the biodiversity of coral reefs, natural resources of the Carpathian Basin and the history of the planet. The award winning museum is family oriented with many hands-on interactive exhibits.

Ludwig Muzeum

This is one of the finest museums in Budapest; it is housed within the Palace of Arts building complex on the Pest side of the Danube near to the Lagymanyosi Bridge. The museum holds collections of international and Hungarian art work. The beautiful entrance area is flooded with light from the glass paneled wall and the high ceiling is dark blue with small lights resembling ...

Jewish Museum and Archives

The Jewish Museum in Budapest is located next to the large Dohany Street Synagogue. The museum building was designed by Laszlo Vago and Ferenc Farago. The museum stands where the house of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism once stood. A statue of Herzl stands in the courtyard in front of the museum.