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Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

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Stroll through the garden where Sandor Petofi is said to have recited the national song during the Revolution of 1848 on your visit to Hungarian National Museum, a symbol of national freedom. Learn about the history of the country through exhibits on archeology, prehistoric times, the Avar period, and the modern era. Be sure to explore the extensive exhibit on Medieval and Early Modern stone inscriptions and carvings. Note that if you would like to take pictures in the museum, you must purchase a photo pass when you buy your admission ticket. Make Hungarian National Museum a part of your Budapest vacation plans using our Budapest vacation builder.
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  • This was the highlight of our week. They have a Reformation Gallery open and it was one of the best exhibits that I have ever been too. Warning though!! This is not assessable for wheelchairs or for a...  more »
  • Although it is not a spectacular museum to visit, we very much enjoyed the familiarization with Hungarian/Magyar history. It helped us to better appreciate the things that we saw for the next few days...  more »
  • This is well worth the visit. The chronological history of Budapest, most interesting and well done. The highlight is seeing the piano which Beethoven, and subsequently Liszt played. There is enough e...  more »
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  • This museum was great. We learned a lot about Hungarian history and the exhibits were English friendly and informative. I enjoyed seeing all the armor and swords, and my girlfriend loved seeing all the historic jewelry and artifacts. In 2 hours we only saw the medieval half of the permanent exhibit, then ran out of time but were satisfied nonetheless. In response to another review...the lack of rum raisin ice cream at the cafe proved inconsequential to our enjoyment of his museum 😄
  • Lots of pots, most of which are reconstructions. In fact, virtually everything was a reconstruction. And one of the first exhibits I saw, entitled Robot Duel, was pretty much just two Battle Droids from the Star Wars trilogy. Also, the cafe didn't have rum and raisin ice cream which you'd come to expect in the summer months in British museum, for example. Substandard, although I did get in on a student ticket which I hadn't originally expected, which is a turn out for the books. Also, I had a backpack which once I got upstairs I was told I wasn't allowed, which cheesed me off a little bit. All in all, worth a visit but you'd struggle to spend more than an hour or so in the museum.
  • Very informative, good to have an overview of the Hungarian history. Although there are many things which needs to be improved, such as explanations on the wall missing letters or too many things being exhibited which made me confused. The lady at the entrance was not really nice and helpful. Overall nice, but still not enough for a 'National Museum'.
  • Visit this place to know about Hungarian history. You may spend 1.5 to 2 hours. Unlike other floors, the 2nd floor (top) quite warm in the summer. Seems the garden there is public space.
  • One of the best museums in Budapest. The amount of information on Hungary available here is tremendous. Besides that for some people it might be "repetitive" since the museum presents the differences between the years in similar objects (as for example the clothes that were used through the time).