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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  • You must must must get the headset to fully appreciate this attraction. Really interesting and non emotional way to present the facts of Hungary’s past. It though can be 2 to 3 hours on your feet to.....  more »
  • Interesting propaganda machine about propaganda machines. Very meta. Interesting national museum for the critical observer.  more »
  • Why do we have to pay double based on our nationality? Separating people by nationality runs counter to the whole point of the museum. Plus security following us the whole time makes you feel like...  more »
  • Allow a couple of hours. We ran through it in a couple of hours and could have spend a lot more time in there. A great museum. It was very in depth an full of information. As to be expected there was not a not of uplifting information in there. I really enjoyed the raw information and interviews.
  • It's a nice experience if you want to dig deeper in the history of Hungary. The audio guide is highly recommended and it's available in s lot of languages. Be aware that otherwise you will be stuck with having to pick up paper sheets to read in every room.
  • Really nice design, but the information is not presented well, you have to read paragraphs of text on an A4 paper, which don't even have much connection to the exhibit, just general information about that room. Some of the videos don't have subtitles and most of the things have no translations in English. But as I wrote already it's nice, and the basement is cool.
  • A nice historic museum that showcases the dark past. I hoped for more interactive design and more „guidance“ then just random sheets of paper placed in rooms. The history is so interesting! Overall it is a good visit if you are more then 2 days in Budapest.
  • This is a cool experience if you want to know culturally where Budapest was coming from. There is a lot of historical context, but it's mostly through reading long paragraphs or watching videos. I wish there had been just a little more to see from this time period. But it was a very unique experience overall.

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