House of Terror, Budapest

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Explore the dark side of Hungarian and European history at House of Terror, a specialty museum focusing on fascist and communist regimes. The permanent exhibits feature artifacts from Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, the fascist Arrow Cross Party, and the communist AVH (Hungarian State Protection Authority). Walk into the depths of violent, dictatorial moments that took place the 20th century by stepping into the museum's basement, where AVH prisoners were once held and tortured. These cells serve as a memorial to victims of the country's bloody regimes. Since it opened in 2002, this museum has become a member of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Plan to visit House of Terror and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Budapest attractions using our Budapest planner .
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  • This is an incredible museum! Really gives you insight into the terror the Hungarians suffered during Nazi and Soviet occupation. Definitely purchase the audio. Way to much reading otherwise.  more »
  • By big fans of the theme, we decided to go to this Museum in the early afternoon. Never again. A smattering of information poorly distributed, often on issues completely irrelevant. The video sound in Hungarian were so high that it covers nearly the volume of the audio guide, making everything more difficult. Halfway through we went on.
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  • This museum is well presented and tells of the history of the communist and fascist regimes in Budapest. Get the audio guide! There are sheets of paper to explain each part of the exhibit but it is en...  more »
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  • This is a really well thought out museum. Being housed in the original building used by the various oppressive authorities and devoting different halls to different topics and the amazing reconstruction of the basement cells and terror apparatus make for a memorable visit. You cannot come away untouched nor without learning much interesting and important history. The combination of audio visual and lighting as well as abundant authentic artifacts create the relevant atmosphere. Entry price is very reasonable at 2000HUF. Cafe, bookshop and toilets on site.
  • Very interesting and well made museum which details the life and suffering of the Hungarian people under two oppressive regimes. Some may feel that the images and cell exhibits are too much, however it is important to see the reality of these things. Definitely an important thing to see while in Budapest. Get there early as the line can be extremely long during the day. Added 02/11/17: Get the audio guide, the museum is much better with it, and many complain that the experience is confusing and poor without it. The English guide is actually pretty well done.
  • Not worth the visit, unless you pay extra for a video/Audio Guide, which is expensive. The staff say there are text to read off walls at the exhibitions. When you actual go in the museum, there are paper sheets with essay style literature which take ages to reading and not engaging and annoying. Especially, when you are a tourist and on holiday. as you want quick, simple, easy to read and understand literature to understand the subject. Waste of money and takes to long to read and understand, get the Audio guide which is 5 Euros extra i think to hire. i forgot ho much i paid. Nice building, Also at the paying desk there is a sign stating no complaints after visiting because customer are unhappy with the experience and price and the fact you have to read essay.
  • Not a fan of museums, but it was quite interesting. It have real t-52 (I think) tank. Unique roof casts shadow to the ground and walls. Also a peace of Berlin Wall could be found there.
  • It is a really good, well thought out museum. It is located in the building originally used by the secret services during the communism, you can even visit the cells in the basement. It presents every aspect of life in communist Hungary. There are sheets of paper with a lot of information printed on them in almost every room, so you can immerse yourself in the history if you want to, or you can just look at the exhibits and breeze through the museum.

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