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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  • If you've never understood the Soviet's impact on Eastern Europe, do yourself a favour and take a walk through this museum. Very stark reminder of how brutal we are as humans and the horrid atrocities...  more »
  • The exposition was created excellent museum specialists. Declare as a man from the theme of dimwitted. Everything from the color of the walls and lighting to exhibits and music dedicated to the creation of the visitor of fear at times Soviet terror:-) in Hungary. Everything revolves around the year 1956. The Museum is positioned as a memory of Nazi and Soviet terror, but on the fact of three stories about the fascists only three rooms. Hungarians themselves recognize that when Germans terror was not, as the country was an ally of Hitler. Particularly impressive Gibbets in the basement and slowly descending elevator, where on the screen the executioner's story is broadcast about how people were executed with all naturalistic detail. Descent into this elevator from one floor to another takes 5 minutes. Touching the halls dedicated to the lifestyle of Hungarians in the Soviet era. They still life of inhabitants of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION in those days. Naïve. Rejecting publicity husk, the Museum is worth a visit to remind yourself about the Stalinist times in our country. As it began to forget about this recently, embarrassed to justify the killing of innocent people and the Gulag. Not worth it. And of course all the Museum employees be sure to visit.
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  • A sad piece of history that everyone needs to know about. Left there in tears knowing that the pain and suffering experienced by the Hungarian people was for what??? Nothing was achieved other than pa...  more »
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  • This is a really well thought out museum. Being housed in the original building used by the various oppressive authorities and devoting different halls to different topics and the amazing reconstruction of the basement cells and terror apparatus make for a memorable visit. You cannot come away untouched nor without learning much interesting and important history. The combination of audio visual and lighting as well as abundant authentic artifacts create the relevant atmosphere. Entry price is very reasonable at 2000HUF. Cafe, bookshop and toilets on site.
  • Very interesting and well made museum which details the life and suffering of the Hungarian people under two oppressive regimes. Some may feel that the images and cell exhibits are too much, however it is important to see the reality of these things. Definitely an important thing to see while in Budapest. Get there early as the line can be extremely long during the day. Added 02/11/17: Get the audio guide, the museum is much better with it, and many complain that the experience is confusing and poor without it. The English guide is actually pretty well done.
  • Not worth the visit, unless you pay extra for a video/Audio Guide, which is expensive. The staff say there are text to read off walls at the exhibitions. When you actual go in the museum, there are paper sheets with essay style literature which take ages to reading and not engaging and annoying. Especially, when you are a tourist and on holiday. as you want quick, simple, easy to read and understand literature to understand the subject. Waste of money and takes to long to read and understand, get the Audio guide which is 5 Euros extra i think to hire. i forgot ho much i paid. Nice building, Also at the paying desk there is a sign stating no complaints after visiting because customer are unhappy with the experience and price and the fact you have to read essay.
  • Not a fan of museums, but it was quite interesting. It have real t-52 (I think) tank. Unique roof casts shadow to the ground and walls. Also a peace of Berlin Wall could be found there.
  • It is a really good, well thought out museum. It is located in the building originally used by the secret services during the communism, you can even visit the cells in the basement. It presents every aspect of life in communist Hungary. There are sheets of paper with a lot of information printed on them in almost every room, so you can immerse yourself in the history if you want to, or you can just look at the exhibits and breeze through the museum.

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