House of Terror Museum, Budapest

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Explore the dark side of Hungarian and European history at House of Terror Museum, 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 Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Budapest attractions using our Budapest planner.
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  • This venue operates a discriminatory system whereby if you are a member of the EU you get cheaper entrance fees and in some cases free access. As I am a British Subject I had to pay a lot more to get....  more
    This venue operates a discriminatory system whereby if you are a member of the EU you get cheaper entrance fees and in some cases free access. As I am a British Subject I had to pay a lot more to get....  more »
  • This museum does not correctly represent Hungary's complicity in the Holocaust. This gives the wrong impression to visitors who may not be aware of the history in this region. Do not recommend to... 
    This museum does not correctly represent Hungary's complicity in the Holocaust. This gives the wrong impression to visitors who may not be aware of the history in this region. Do not recommend to...  more »
  • No common thread. Impossible to understand the timeline and poor information in English. Asked the receiption if all information was written in English and she said yes. But after 5 minutes I went... 
    No common thread. Impossible to understand the timeline and poor information in English. Asked the receiption if all information was written in English and she said yes. But after 5 minutes I went...  more »
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  • Moving, superbly setup museum on a tough topic. Small museum but extremely well setup for visitors with audio guides in most languages that automatically trigger as you enter a given room. This was a killer feature that made the visit even more easy to traverse. Extremely inexpensive and well maintained. Man’s inhumanity to man is well documented and movingly portrayed. I wish every museum was so well setup. One can spend 3 hours at the museum easily to do it justice.
  • Excellent. So much information delivered in different ways. Exhibits, written information and videos of news broadcasts and personal accounts. Even the outside of the building has plaques with photos of those that were executed. And there is a surprise at the end. Highly recommended and only about £6.50 for the basic tour which could take an hour to half a day, depending on how much you want to take in. Brilliant.
  • The receptionist (brunette with long hair) smiles at her colleague but not at the visitors. Maybe it is part of the visitor's experience ?!? When I mentioned she had a lovely smile and should use it for customers too, she found me rude... well, I kept on smiling... and thankfully some of her colleagues have far better manners. Regarding the museum itself, it's nicely done.
  • Toured the whole building with the audio guide. Some areas where a bit confusing and the audio guide didn't always seem to connect with the room. It definitely need some improvement to tie the speech in with the room. That distraction aside - it was fantastic information and displays. A wonderful learning experience for adults and the basement is tremendously impactful.
  • It's more of a name and history rather than actual physical objects (with a few exceptions). Traditional museum with a cool tank in the middle of it. The price is 3000 per person, which is more than a fair price. I wouldn't go back, but I'm glad I went once.

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