Visiting Museums in Budapest
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Budapest has a rich and diverse selection of museums dedicated to its history, art, archaeology, culture, science and technology. The majority of museums in Budapest are located in or close to downtown Budapest and most are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays. Opening times are usually 10:00-18:00.
Some museums are free or offer discounts and entry to museums in Hungary is free to visitors over the age of 70 and for children under the age of six. Most museums in Budapest grant discounts to holders of the Budapest Card or the Hungary Card which both offer free or discounted entry to a range of tourist attractions, including the city's museums.
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Museums in Budapest
Some of Budapest's major museums are listed below:
The Hungarian National Museum is Hungary's oldest museum and houses a wide range of art exhibits and artefacts chronicling the history of Hungary from 400,000 BC up to modern times.
The Hungarian National Gallery houses the largest public collection of fine art in Hungary.
- Hungarian National Gallery
At: Buda Palace, 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2
Tel: (1) 201 9082
The Museum of Fine Arts hosts a variety of permanent and special exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as old masters such as such as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Claude Monet and many others.
The Museum of Applied Arts houses a large collection of applied art through the ages from Hungary and around the world.
The Hall of Art is a national institution exhibiting contemporary Hungarian and international fine art.
The Museum of Ethnography holds the largest repository of material relating to traditional Hungarian folk culture in Hungary.
- Museum of Ethnography (in Hungarian)
At: 1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 12
Tel: (1) 473 2440
The Skanzen Open Air Museum is Hungary's largest outdoor collection of typical rural architecture. It features folk architecture and interior decoration, and represents farming and the Hungarian way of life from the 18th to the 20th century. The museum is popular with families and operates a hands-on "living museum".
The Aquincum Museum is home to a collection of Budapest's Roman archaeological and historical monuments.
The Museum of Literature houses manuscripts, artefacts and art works relating to Hungarian poets, writers and historians.
- Museum of Literature
At: 1053 Budapest, Károlyi Mihály utca 16
Tel: (1) 317 3611 / (1) 317 3450
Fax: (1) 317 1722
The Budapest History Museum (also known as the Castle Museum) houses permanent and temporary collections of artefacts detailing the history of the city, from pre-historic times up to the modern era.
The Kiscell Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibitions of objects relating to the modern history of Budapest, from the 18th to the 21st century.
The Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism is the only museum in the world dedicated to displaying objects and art work relating to the history of gastronomy and the hotel and catering industry.
Statue Park is an open-air museum exhibiting monuments from the communist period.
- Statue Park
At: 1223 Budapest, Balatoni road - Szabadkai street corner
Tel: (1) 424 7500
Open: Every day, 10:00-dusk
The Centre of Scientific Wonders (also known as the Palace of Miracles) is an interactive exhibition and playground demonstrating the miracles of physics and chemistry to children.
The Hungarian Natural History Museum is a national collection of specimens and artefacts relating to the history of the natural world.
- Hungarian Natural History Museum
At: 1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2-6
Tel: (1) 210 1085
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00
The Museum of Military History houses a collection of historical weaponry dating from before the Turkish occupation to recent times.
- Museum of Military History (in Hungarian)
At: 1014 Budapest, Kapisztrán tér 2-4
Tel: (1) 325 1600
The Hospital in the Rock Museum is a former secret emergency hospital and nuclear bunker dug into the rock beneath Buda Castle Hill. It takes the form of a series of fortified caves and tunnels and has been open to the public since 2008.
- Hospital in the Rock Museum
At: 1012 Budapest, Lovas út 4c
Tel: (70) 701 0101
Open: Daily from 10:00-20:00
The Hungarian National Railway Museum (also known locally as "Smoke Park") is an interactive railway theme park with over 100 railway vehicles, including many rare locomotives, dating from 1870 until the present day.
- Hungarian National Railway Museum
At: 1142 Budapest, Tatai út 95
Tel: (1) 238 0558 / (1) 238 0658
The Budapest Chocolate Museum conducts guided tasting tours and visitors also have the opportunity to create their own chocolates.