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 place was a sobering experience. It is in a sense a memorial and history lesson. This is not a photo friendly place and it shouldn't be. I would buy the guide for sure. Everything for the most pa...  more »
  • Hungary in the place of Europe, the last hundred years after the Soviet and Zeng Xian, this history of tears is entirely in the image and the reality of loyalty to the present, shocking. Many schools can use this external education, also suitable to bring family together, your mood will be more people and feelings, but also make people happy to resist the desire to start the war.
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  • In the guides seems an interesting Museum but, at least for me, there was nothing appealing. We were on 15 March, that national holiday as the entrance was free. Sincerely, do not recommend... There is the possibility of catching audioguide paying €5, but even with her visit is heavy and boring.
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  • Staff is very unpleasant and moody. Museum is probably very interesting if you speak Hungarian. Little information in English. Information that is available in English is on A4 papers which are accumulated along the way. Way too much information on one page, felt more like reading a history book for school. You start the tour off on the second floor and end in the basement. Unfortunately, to get to the basement you have to get on an elevator in which they show you a short film. Elevator moves way too slowly for the amount of people waiting to get on - we had to wait in line at least 20 minutes!! Would not visit again.
  • I heard about this place from our walking tour and was very excited to visit however there is no real guide on what is going on (we didn’t opt for audio guide), there is an A4 piece of paper at the start of every room with way too much information on it. There are no labels or information on any of the displays so it’s not really clear. This place looks great however you’re not supposed to take any pictures when inside and you have to leave your bag in the cloakroom before you can even enter. The history is fascinating but I just wish the information was present better.
  • The museum is visually very impressive. The displayed objects, photos and videos really make you feel the terror Hungary has experienced. Especially walking through the rooms that have been used as actual cells was asphyxiating. The problem with this museum is in the information. Nothing that is displayed in the museum has signs with any explanation. The way to get your information is to read the information sheets in every room. But those are very badly written, huge portions of text with no clear structure and complex, archaic language (at least in English). They are a pain to read through, and you have to do this in every room to get a sense of what is going on. Also it is very annoying that you have to queue for the elevator to the basement (since there are no stairs) which takes several minutes (excluding the queue!) Too bad a museum with so much potential provides such a tedious experience.
  • Were told audio guide was not available, although I seen many people in the exhibit with an audio guide. Not sure if there is a limited number but it definitely spoils the experience somewhat. Would have loved to have the guide as it was all very interesting. Slight wait time at the entrance but not too long.
  • I was very disappointed. I really wanted to go to the house of terror, but it was below my expectations. At first the staff was very unfriendly, because you need an ID if you are under 26 an from the EU an I hadn't got my ID with me. So I had to get it an go back. The exhibition was also disappointing. I didn't have an audioguide and there was nothing really explained. You only get some paper where you are given some information, but for my opinion the information you are given is not clear. But I got to say everything looks great and the exhibition would probably have been better with an audioguide. Anyway I would not visit the House of Terror again.

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