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House of Terror, Budapest

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.6/5 based on 5,500+ 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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  • I get a little impacted when I enter these locations with a history of wars. In the Museum of Terro the history of Nazism and communism and how the city was impacted during these two periods. Sad. But, I think we need to go and not to forget, ever, what happened (to repeat)
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  • An excellent museum, extremely well curated, and tells the story of how Budapest has suffered over the years. It pulls no punches, but is all the better for it. 
  • Gives you a glimpse into the horrors inflicted on prisoners during the communist regime. Would recommend getting the headphones for the audio guide otherwise you're a bit lost and there's lots of leaf...  read more »
  • This was difficult for me to get through, but the story told by the House of Terror is an important one. The museum is inside the building where the communist and fascist regimes detained, interrogated, tortured and killed perceived political dissidents in the 20th-century. The audio guide takes you through the different floors, laying out the atrocities committed by the totalitarian governments. For history buffs, this museum is a must-see.
  • Interesting part of Hungarian history the Nazi and Communist terrors. My only complaint is that it comes a bit across as a rewrite of history. As a memorial to the victims fantastic, but there is no explanation as to why this happened so for me I found it a bit of a white wash particularly under the regime of Orbán that works to criminalize war refugees from the Middle East
  • The exhibition is well laid out and is very interesting. There are a lot of re-creation of rooms/environemnts. The museum immediately captures you and sets the mood as you walk in. The basement is very interesting to see the memorial and cellars. However, for English speakers, there is a lot of information simply printed onto A4 papers for reading. There is an overwhelming amount of reading to do and unfortunately the text is a bit dry and therefore gets tiring to read double sided pages - I think the museum could improve on this by reducing the text or implementing more signage rather than huge informational sheets where visitors are almost overwhelmed with information. There are also quite a few items not labelled and therefore difficult to tell what/why they are there.
  • Cultic place. Extraordinary feelings from the 2nd world war...
  • 5 * loved it isn't the right review but I would recommend you go here. It focuses more on the lesser known Russian travesties in Gulags than the Nazi concentration side of the century. Very harrowing but important. I would say, do NOT take children here. Graphics images aside, it can be too much for some adults as well.
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