Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), Budapest

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Browse works by Miro and Dali, part of the largest public collection documenting the development of the fine arts in the country, at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Located inside a castle, the gallery features artwork exclusively by Hungarian artists like Medieval and Renaissance stone carvings, wooden sculptures, panel paintings, winged altarpieces, late Renaissance and Baroque art, and paintings and sculptures from the 19th century. The Golden Altars exhibition incorporates the throne room and features a painted parallel ceiling, so remember to look up as you're exploring the exhibition. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at the gallery's outdoor cafe as well. Take a look at our Budapest trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I visited this museum during a trip to budapest with my companion. The Museum is located inside of the buda Castle, and admission is free if you own the budapest card, otherwise you pay 1800 guilders (about 6 euros). The Museum is great, arranged on two floors and houses a collection of remarkable paintings, of Hungarian painters but not only. Unfortunately not having much time we had to see it quickly, to actually see it well it would take at least half a day. But actually, the reason that prompted us to go away was airconditioning, practically freezing temperature, which is not exactly the best if it is hot outside. Still inside the Museum there is also a bar located on a very nice rooftop terrace where you can stop to drink something cool before setting off again.
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  • This is an outstanding collection, housed in beautiful, grand interiors. You are perched high above Pest so you are drawn to outstanding views while passing windows. The museum shop has great products...  more »
  • Wednesdays in July there is live music and "wine tasting" in the main lobby with guided art tours. It is very interesting and the live music creates a special ambiance. They call it WineWednesday, wha...  more »
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  • We (4 adults and 2 children) visited this museum. Overall, it was very nice, only the staff is terribly unfriendly. We had practically a watchdog around us, watching every step of the way. My husband wanted to take photographs and was checked in every room, if he had paid for the sticker. It was terrible, we will not visit it again.
  • Fascinating place. Nice mix of "traditional" and "modern" art, well documented and signed too. The walk up to the top of the cupola is worth it for the views.
  • Nice gallery in a great location with a view across all of Budapest. For some reason, entry was free on the day we went so that was a bonus but even for the moderate prices, the gallery is very big and definitely worth the money.
  • * Warning: This is a bit long story. * Summary: 1. I was annoyed by a staff of the Hungarian National Gallery asking about my nationality, implying "I know for sure that you are not an EU citizen so I don't need to check any of your official IDs (because you look different with Europeans and you look obviously Asian)." 2. I was annoyed by a student discount policy which treats me only as a non-European, not as a student. ---------------------- "Good evening! Ah, I'm a student, could I get..." When I was about to show my student ID for a possible student fare, a staff of the Hungarian National Gallery refused to see it and instead, asked me with a little bit annoyed look, "Where are you from?" "Ah... I'm from South Kore..." "You are not an EU citizen. You cannot get a student discount." I sometimes couldn't get a student discount because I'm over 25 years old. But the staff's explanation was totally new to me. I didn't want to look like an Asian person who is really obsessed with a discount to her, so I tried to kindly make a claim. "Oh, this is my first time ever to hear that I cannot get a student discount because I am not an EU citizen. Is a policy a bit different with that of other museums here?" "You are not an EU citizen, right? Only EU citizens can get a student discount." Even after I entered the museum, I could not focus on the exhibition well. It seemed like all Hungarian painters' great pieces talked to me, "Hey, what are you doing here? Why are you looking at me?" "How come are you studying European affairs in our European countries? You are not even an EU citizen!" I started to think she probably judged me based on my facial color and appearance and felt like discriminated. She should've checked my ID first before directly asking about my nationality. I went back to that staff and asked for the document which elaborates on the related policy. (Attached below. You can see that it only kindly requests Swiss citizens' understanding.) At one taco place near the gallery, I carefully read the document. Even then, I still hoped all was due to an individual staff's misreading and misunderstanding. Unfortunately, that taco place was where I realized the actual Raison d'Etat of the European Union lies in the exclusion of non-Europeans. It is the European Union because there are non-Europeans. I might be a person sticking to a discount. Maybe. But I am also a student with a social science major supporting anti-racism. I experienced racism in the museum because I do not look like a European person. It might be just a trivial happening compared to a serious racism problem in the world. According to my elementary school teachers, however, this is nothing else but racial discrimination.
  • Good art museum, but awful staff. Maybe they were having a bad day, but they were suuuuper unfriendly. Then again, maybe there was something on my face? I was followed like a child in an ice sculpture museum the entire time I was there.

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