Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

4.0
#7 of 273 in Museums in Hungary
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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  • Agree with the review that noted poor management. We too waited too long in lobby to purchase tickets, while the guy working the coat check just looked on telling us to “wait.” This small museum can b...  more »
  • I don't know why all these negative comments. I checked the reviews before visiting the museum. And I was about to cancel my plan to go there but then I decided to give it a try and good that I didn't...  more »
  • Surely this is not the most beautiful Museum of Budapest (definitely more interesting to applied arts), but gives a nice overview of the history of the city and of Hungary. Very low ticket price
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  • I absolutely loved visiting this museum. I was a bit bummed because that day I had originally planned to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, but it was closed until October. With that being said, this place did not disappoint. I paid extra for the photo pass and I am glad I did! So many wonderful exhibits. You can pay extra for an English speaking guide, or English audio, but everything is written in both English and Hungarian so it isn't necessary. If you enjoy history I would most definitely recommend coming here.
  • I loved the Hungarian National Museum. It's big and figured into rooms with reference to centuries. It's big and well organized. I also had a chance to visit the World Press Photography exhibition which was on. Amazing. You won't be disappointed.
  • Lovely museum, and I applaud the researchers, historians, and curators who put together some of the fascinating exhibitions and other pieces. I only had a day in Budapest and figured I would just hop in on a time crunch, and I’d recommend against that because the map is confusing and the Budapest card doesn’t let you into what felt like half of the museum. We had to buy a “picture pass”, and even when I had it I kept having occasions of staff approaching me even though the sticker was ON the side of the camera I was taking photos with, so I felt discouraged to even take photos. We had the free pass to get in, but little do they tell you that every other room is a temporary exhibit that you can’t access. Each time we walked in they rudely asked for our tickets and kept telling us “you can’t be in here”. The map was little to no use unless you have a good 10 minutes to sit down and interpret it. Would have been a great experience if they would have explained the temporary/permanent thing with the Budapest card, or the map would have been simpler. I’m sure if we would have had more time and had done some extra research beforehand the experience would have been different as well. But the staff definitely made an unpleasant experience out of an astonishing historical and cultural museum.
  • Stunning museum. We visited “only” the Hungarian history part and it was very interesting and exciting. The structure is well maintained and the personnel is kind and competent. Next time we’ll visit the other sides. One note, all around the building and the garden was under construction so not beautiful to see but it preludes to something good.
  • You need at least for hours or half a day to go through the entire museum including the temporary exhibits. One star less for not allowing Budapest card holders to visit the temporary exhibits and also because everyone has to queue despite having free entry or online tickets. They should install a ticket vending machine for easy access.
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