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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  • High impact museum. The entrance is not cheap at all. If you are from the European Union it costs less, but if not its very expensive. It's not worth it. There is nothing written so as to understand what you are seeing. You have printed papers you can grab and read on the walls, but they don't always explain what you are seeing, and in some rooms, the translation is missing and this made me really annoyed, cause I paid almost 12€ and expect the museum to be in good conditions (the Hungarian version is always available; but in English, when I visited, 5 rooms did not have it). So, the best (and probably you would feel obliged to do so, so as to feel that it was worth it) would be to pay for the audio, cause if not, you don't understand anything. You can not take pictures inside. It's not permitted.
  • I want to start off saying the concept and goal of this museum are brilliant. But the execution left me walking out thinking “well that was a bit rubbish”. Firstly the woman selling tickets at the front counter has been the first person in Budapest I’ve felt real despise from just because if I could get the under 25 discount without my Eu passport on me, and I got the same thing from a lot of the staff, I saw some other staff laughing at some tourists trying to find something in their wallet and on exit walked past a security guard just yelling “no bag! No bag” to a confused girl instead of explain there was a coat room. It’s all in Hungarian and unless you were on a guided tour or had an audio guide (which costs extra and were unavailable on my visit) you were left reading off a4 sheets of paper with 800+ word essays on each in each room. The exhibits are also pretty thin, think more piece of modern art with a Soviet theme then exhibit piece designed to convey information, because without those piece of paper you wouldn’t be able to get anything out of it, and even then the essays on the papers hardly align to the physical exhibits.
  • Very interesting historic house which tells of some of Hungary's dramatic and relatively recent, history. The interior is painted black to set the mood. Headphones are available at the front desk though there are leaflets in most rooms to read in both Hungarian and English. There are many videos throughout with people's stories told first hand. Make sure you give this venue plenty of time to walk through.
  • The museum shows a very important part of Hungarian history and I wish I could have followed it in more detail but no audio guide is available in English and the A4 paper guides in each room was not always available. I intended to read these later at my leisure but at least 5 rooms had nothing in English. Very disappointed and i was reluctantly refunded. They need to up the game this is not acceptable for such an important piece of history. Apparently there is an English audio guide is available but was not offered to me when I paid?
  • One of the best and most influential museums I have ever been to. Amazing exhibition, well designed and detailed. You will need a significant amount of time to see everything but it's so worth it. The building itself is stunning from the architectural point of view with a giant tank inside (I do not want to spoil anything, so I will just say the interior is monumental and has a big impact on visitors). There are many strong messages in the story the museum tells you, after seeing what's inside you will leave with a strange feeling that will remain in your mind even days after the visit. One of the most astonishing things I have seen in Budapest and in the same time scary and disturbing... If you wonder if it's worth visiting that place - GO.
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