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House of Terror, Budapest

(3.6/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
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. House of Terror is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Budapest Edition.
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  • This museum is supposed to show the terror of the far right and the far left during the 20th century in Hungary. It is clearly biased towards the right, and has a double standard when it selects histo...  more »
  • House of Terror Museum, located in the building where you installed the Communist central. A good interactive museum where can be enjoyed some remarkable moments of the era of communism. Too bad it does not have the audio guide in Portuguese.
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  • We felt it was important to learn about the local history and this was very informative. It's hard going and you won't come out feeling super happy but it's very interesting. The museum is done well i...  more »
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  • Very good and very well built museum. You can really feel the sense of terror as you are exposed to the stories of the past. One - point is that all the writing on the wall is in Hungarian and the information sheets are quite a long read so not everything was clear.
  • This place has an impressive atmosphere. While as a foreigner it's hard to keep up with the text or descriptions during the exhibitions, you can either pay extra for an Audio Guide or take the A4 sheets available in each room/part of the exhibitions, I went through the museum rather fast and later at a cafe just read the whole thing like it was a book, it's a really an impressive story and worth reading, it definitively made me change my perception about Hungary and about how much this people suffered and battled. There's currently(as of Nov 2016) some additional information (also in English) in front of the Terror Haza, which illustrates the Jung insurgent fighters of the "revolution", which is also touching. The museum mostly tells the story of Hungary's fate briefly under German influence and later during control by the Soviets. I went on a Friday in the afternoon, the place wasn't crowded as other people described.
  • The price is great and the history very interesting, the design of the museum beautiful and the staff very nice. However, it was hard to follow the audio guide with all the background noises and the witness reports. As a foreigner, you couldn't read anything on the walls or descriptions of objects in the exhibition which also weren't mentioned in the audio guide.
  • Very interesting museum! A lot of thought provoking exhibits in a chilling environment that improves the whole experience! Not a standard museum and worth the visit. Handouts are provided but quite a lot of reading so expect to spend a couple of hours here. Queue was large for entrance but it was heavy rain on the day of visit. Low price and discount for under 26 Europeans.
  • Worth to see. If you arent aware how really look live in a commies country you probably get know some very interesting thing. If you you know it's still worth seeing.