Budapest museums, galleries, exhibitions
AQUINCUM - MUSEUM AND RUINS
(Aquincumi Múzeum, III., Szentendrei út 139.)
The Roman settlement had 40,000 inhabitants in its heyday. Ruins of a large public square, a large and a double
bath, a shopping centre (macellum) and meat market, dwelling house and a Mithras sanctuary.
The five rooms of the museum contain utensils, weapons, cultic articles and ornaments. The most precious exhibit is a portable water-organ from 228 AD.
Open:Tue-Sun 09.00-17.00 15-30 April and 1-31 Oct; 09.00-18.00 May-30 Sept.
BUS 42, 106 HÉV (suburban train) from Batthyány tér
(Műcsarnok,XIV., Heroes' Square)
The biggest gallery of Budapest and Hungary (1895). Temporary exhibitions of contemporary Hungarian and international arts, design, photography, and new artistic trends.
M1 Hősök tere
BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM
(Budapesti Történeti Múzeum, Szent György tér 6.)
Housed in Wing E of the former royal
palace, the museum has exhibitions on the history of the city, plus restored
elements of the destroyed medieval castle and the sculptures of the Gothic
Permanent exhibitions: Budapest in the Middle Ages, Gothic sculptures of the royal palace, The royal palace of the medieval Buda, Budapest in modern times.
Open: Mon, Wed-Sun. 1000-1800 1 March-31 Oct; 1000-1600 1 Nov-28 Feb Closed: Tuesdays
BUS 16, 78 Várbusz, Funicular
CASTLE MUSEUM NAGYTÉTÉNY
(Nagytétényi Kastélymúzeum, XXII., Kastélypark u. 9-11.)
The 18th century Száraz-Rudnyánszky mansion is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The exhibition in the building now restored to its original beauty traces the history of European furniture from the 15th to the 19th century.
Open: Tue-Sun 1000-1800
(Néprajzi Múzeum, Kossuth tér)
The building was erected in 1893-96 as the
Supreme Court. Behind a Classicist facade, visitors are amazed to find wonderful
neo-Renaissance spaces. It is a must for non-museum fans as well.
The permanent exhibitions show Hungarian folklore art, folklore customs and craftsmanship.
Open: Tue-Sun 10.00-18.00 1 March-31 Oct;
10.00-17.00 1 Nov-28 Feb
M2, Tram 2
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL GALLERY
(Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, I., Szent György tér)
showing Hungarian fine art from the 10th c. to the present day, is housed in the
central part of the former royal residence.
The permanent exhibitions trace the development of Hungarian art in the historical chronology of great art periods.
Largest collections are: medieval and Renaissance stones, Gothic wooden sculptures and panel paintings, late Gothic winged altars, late Renaissance and
Baroque art, Hungarian painting and sculpture in the 19th and 20th c.
Open: Tue-Sun 10.00-16.00 1 Jan-15 March and 1-31 Dec; 10.00-18.00 16 March-30 Nov
BUS 16, 78 Várbusz, Funicular
HUNGARIAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
(Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum, VIII., Ludovika tér 2)
Mankind's route from Nature to
civilized societies. The natural history of the Carpathian Basin. All this
presented in spectacular and interesting exhibitions.
Open: Mon, Wed-Sun. 1000-1800 1 Apr-30 Sept; 1000-1700 1 Oct-31 March.
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
(Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, VIII., Múzeum körút 14-16.)
Hungary's first public collection and largest museum opened in a beautiful Classicist building in 1846. During a few hours, you can learn an outline of the country's history from the foundation of the state up to today.
The building had an important role in the 1848-49 Revolution, therefore it is a centre of celebrations on the national holiday of 15th March.
Open:Tue-Sun 1000-1800 15 March-15 Oct;
1000-1700 16 Oct-14 March
M3 Kálvin tér M2 Astoria BUS 9 Tram 47, 49
(Zsidó Múzeum, VII., Dohány u. 2.)
The historical relics of the Hungarian
Jewry, objects of Jewish holidays, everyday articles, Holocaust Memorial Hall.
Open:Mon-Thu 1000-1700, Fri 1000-1500, Sun 1000-1400 May-Oct; Mon-Fri 1000-1500, Sun 1000-1300 Nov-Apr
M1 M2 M3 Deák tér, Tram 47, 49
MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS
(Iparművészeti Múzeum, IX., Üllői út 33-37.)
The palace was built in Hungarian art nouveau style in 1891-1896, which, in addition to Hungarian folk style, shows motifs from Islamic, Hindu and Persian arts.
The roof is decorated with glazed
Zsolnay majolica and coloured pirogranite. On entering the building, you can
have an impressive sense of space under the dome.
It is worth visiting for those
who are not museum-goers and a must for lovers of beautiful objects. Permanent
exhibition: Arts and Crafts. Temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Open: Tue-Sun. 1000-1800 15March-31 Oct; 1000-1600 1 Nov-14 March
M3 Ferenc körút Tram 4, 6
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
(Szépművészeti Múzeum, XIV., Hősök tere.)
The museum, which is among the largest
Hungarian public collections with 120,000 exhibits, has the finest Spanish
collection outside Spain.
Permanent exhibitions: Egyptian collection. Antique
collection. Ancient picture gallery. 19th c. French art. 20th c. collection.
Open: Tue-Sun 1000-1730
M1 Hősök tere, Trolley bus 79
MUSEUM OF HUNGARIAN AGRICULTURE
(Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum, XIV., Vajdahunyad Castle)
Europe's largest agricultural museum, housed in a spectacular building.
Open: Tue-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1800 1 Apr-15 Nov.; Tue-Sat 1000-1600, Sun 1000-1700 16 Nov - 31 March
M1 Széchenyi fürdő BUS 4 Trolley bus 70, 72, 79
MUSEUM OF WAR HISTORY
(Hadtörténeti Múzeum, I., Tóth Árpád sétány 40.)
Exhibitions with several hundred thousand weapons, uniforms, medals and flags on display. The major public collection of military science, valuable archives, map collection and library.
Open: Tue-Sun. 1000-1600 Feb-31 March and 1 Oct-9 Dec; 1000-1800 1 April-30 Sept Closed 10Dec-31 Jan
Bus 16 Várbusz
STATUE PARK MUSEUM
(Szoborpark Múzeum, XXII., Balatoni út)
A totally unique open-air collection of gigantic statues which, during the Communist era, were set in public parks and squares. Period gifts and audio cassettes on sale.
Open: daily from 10.00 until dark
(Közlekedési Múzeum, XIV., Városligeti krt. 11)
Unique model railway collection, made in the late 19th century according to original blueprints. Exceptionally rich shipping collection. The museum holds over 15,000 objects, including vintage cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. The Petőfi Hall nearby houses the aviation section, the Aviation Museum, which has the cabin of the only Hungarian astronaut on display.
Open: Tue-Fri 1000-1700, Sat, Sun 1000-1800 1 May-30 Sept; Tue-Fri 1000-1600, Sat, Sun 1000-1700 1 Oct-30 April
Tram 1 Trolley bus 70, 72, 74
(Vasarely Múzeum, III., Szentlélek tér 6.)
400 original works by the Hungarian-born artist, the "Father of Op-Art", as well as chamber exhibitions by Hungarian artists resident abroad.
Open: Tue-Sun. 1000-1800 15March-31 Oct; 1000-1700 1 Nov-14 March
BUS 6, 86 HÉV Árpád híd
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