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. Our Budapest trip planner makes visiting Hungarian National Museum and other Budapest attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Hungarian Museum was very interesting, I learned a lot about Hungarian history. There are also archeological exhibits. There are three levels and we were there for an hour and a half. I...  more »
  • Very intelligently arranged, starting in the basement - from Roman (ultimately unsuccessful) endevours in the region up through rooms orderded to take you through a comprehensive history of the...  more »
  • Very dusty museum with few modern technologies to tell the story in an engaging way. The staff was not very helpful, had a non service minded attitude (rude is the right word) - it is hard to believe....  more »
  • The content is AMAZING. But the staff are all miserable. Could have done with some guidance on which ways to go around the place, I walked into a dead end.....while some old woman watched me do so, didn't even try and tell me nothing was that way. But alas, it has an excellent retelling of Hungarian history. Right back to caveman times. Very interesting indeed.
  • We came here in February, our third visit as we come here every time we visit Budapest, this time around we were over with loads of friends and family for our wedding and so came in as a large group. Everyone at Museum were so friendly and accommodating of our needs as we all needed to arrive at different times. The food here is always a highlight for me and my husband but every one of our guests were also raving about it! It's all very rich, traditional Hungarian food so a must if you want some authentic food. The restaurant itself is proper old school and beautiful, you feel like you are transported back in time. The service is also impeccable, very attentive. Upon leaving the restaurant this time round the manager gifted my husband and I a lovely bottle of wine to take home as a wedding gift, a very thoughtful touch and a lovely end to the night. Highly recommended for a special meal whilst in Budapest.
  • Unacceptable. The museum guides are rude and don’t speak English. I asked 9 different people from the museum staff for an exhibition I was interested to see, and the reason why I paid the entrance fee, and nobody was able to tell me where it was. Some of them looks like where there just to say “No” and “No photo” while others had no idea where the exhibition was, which is unthinkable to me since I used to work as museum guide. Moreover all museum guides were elder women (probably retired), which I find a good initiative, but if this institution has an international prospective they cannot afford to have as museum staff people who are not able to speak English and don’t know about the collection the museum preserves. Moreover is not well signaled, so it doesn’t help your experience there. I’m truly disappointed and I hope next time I visit Budapest they have qualified staff.
  • I love this place. Lots to see and read. I don't have the picture here to download but if you love history, it's a great place to go.
  • Interesting museum, when buying the ticket if you want to see the temporary exhibitions you need to ask for it as it isn’t included in the entry price. Rooms are nice but English translations are not quite adequate and in some places the letters are falling off of the boards. Feels like a museum from the late 80s that the city hasn’t quite got around to updating for the modern era.

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