Budapest History Museum—Castle Museum
I., Szent György tér 2. Buda Castle Building “E” (+36-1 487-8800, www.btm.hu/varmuzeum) 01/04 to 31/10 Tu-Su 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 01/11 to 31/03 Tu-Su 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The collection of the Budapest History Museum is made up of three major parts: architectural findings, object materials from the city history and work of art. A visit through the exhibition is a virtual time journey, which gives you the opportunity to have a look at relics of the past raging from architectural findings that are more than 40,000 years old to posters from the 20th century. After a walk across the collection, you will know everything about the history of Budapest from Roman ages until the present day.
Hungarian National Gallery
I., Dísz tér 17. (+36-1 201-9082, www.mng.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The collection, which can be found in the A, B, C and D buildings of Buda Castle, includes nearly a hundred thousand artefacts dating from the early mediaeval times until the present day. The Hungarian National Gallery is the largest collection of Hungarian arts with one hundred thousand artefacts, from the settlement of the Magyars until the present day.
Hungarian National Museum
VIII., Múzeum krt. 14-16. (+36-1 327-7700, www.mnm.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The museum was founded in 1802 with the coin, book and document collection of Count Ferenc Széchényi, and today the number of artefacts displayed is more than a million. On 15 March 1848 the square in front of the facade was an important venue in the revolution: as the custom goes, Sándor Petőfi declaimed the Nemzeti Dal (“National Ballad”) – his poem on the revolution – on the stairs of the museum.
Hungarian Natural History Museum
VIII., Ludovika tér 2-6. (+36-1 210-1085, www.mttm.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The museum’s collection on natural sciences is considered to be one of the most significant collections in the world.
Ludwig Museum Budapest of Contemporary Arts
IX.. Komor Marcell u. 1. (+36-1 555-3444, www.ludwigmuseum.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The first museum in Hungary which explicitly collects contemporary artefacts. The first items in the significant international and Hungarian collection were donations in 1909 from Péter and Irene Ludwig, a couple from Cologne, who collected artefacts.
Museum of Applied Arts
X., Üllői út 33-37. (+36-1 456-5107, www.imm.hu) Tu-Su 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The palace housing the Museum of Applied Arts, a masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau was built between 1893 and 1896 on the plans of Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. The inner and outer ceramic cover of the building as well as the roofing are from the worldfamous Zsolnay porcelain Manufacture, Pécs. Classics of European applied arts give the core of the museum’s collection from the Middle Ages until the present day.The first museum in Hungary which explicitly collects contemporary artefacts. The first items in the significant international and Hungarian collection were donations in 1909 from Péter and Irene Ludwig, a couple from Cologne, who collected artefacts.
Museum of Military History
I., Tóth Árpád sétány 40. (+36-1 325-1600, www.militaria.hu) 01/04 to 31/10 Tu-Su 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 01/10 to 31/03 Tu-Su 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum is located in the former building of the Nádor Barracks. It has a substantial collection of weapons from times before the Turkish wars until the 20th century. In addition to the uniform, fl ag, map, missile and numismatics collection (the latter counting 28,000 pieces) the most important objects of the Museum include the sabre of Lajos Damjanich, a General of the 1848 Revolution as well as the decorative sabre of György Klapka.
HOUSE OF TERRORS
VI., Andrássy út 60. (+36-1 374-2600, www.terrorhaza.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The House of Terror is dedicated to the victims of the dictatorial systems of the 20th century. The topics of the permanent exhibition introduce the operation of totalitarian dictatorship in Hungary in chronological order.
Museum of Transportation
IV., Városligeti körút 11. (+36-1 273-3840, www.km.iif.hu) 30/03 to 31/10 Tu-Fr 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 01/11 to 27/03 Tu-Fr 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Budapest-based Museum of Transportation is one of the longest-standing technical museums. Its permanent exhibitions include objects and documents from the history of public road, railway, air and city traffi c, shipping, space travel, road and bridge construction.
Palace of Arts, Kunsthalle
XIV., Dózsa György út 37. (+36-1 460-7000, www.mucsarnok.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thu: 12 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Palace of Arts is the largest exhibition hall in Hungary, in which temporary exhibitions are regularly organised, mainly showing contemporary artefacts. It is also a venue for art fairs and cultural events.
Museum of Ethnography
V,, Kossuth tér 12. (+36-1 473-2400, www.neprajz.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
One of the largest and most signifi cant museums of ethnography in Europe; its permanent exhibition is called “The traditional culture of Hungarian people”.
Museum of Fine Arts
XIV., Dózsa György út 41. (+36-1 469-7100, www.szepmuveszeti.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thu: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Its collection includes real masterpieces by the most famous artists in the world from every period of European art history: Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Pieter Bruegel and Van Dyck.
Hungarian Agricultural Museum
XIV., Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár (+36-1 422-0765, www.mezogazdasagimuzeum.hu) Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The largest agricultural museum in Europe can be found on the Széchenyi Island of City Park in the Vajdahunyad Castle. When Ignác Alpár designed the unique historical building complex, he merged the different architectural styles of famous Hungarian monuments.