Museum of Ethnography, Budapest

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Learn more about Hungarian folk life, culture, and history at Museum of Ethnography. The museum is in Kossuth Square, directly across from Parliament. Originally purposed to house the Ministry of Justice, the building itself is quite extravagant, with grand staircases and imposing marble architecture. Gain insight into everyday life before World War II with the museum's diverse collection of over 200,000 ethnographic artifacts, including music recordings, films, photographs, furniture, traditional dress and costumes, farming tools, and pottery. Other collections include exhibits about Oceania, Africa, America, Asia, and Indonesia. Stop by the gift shop on your way out to purchase some folk art for yourself. Plan to visit Museum of Ethnography and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Budapest attractions using our Budapest trip itinerary builder website .
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  • Once this building was for the High Court in Budapest. Today it is a very nicely organized museum, what is a lot of interesting artifacts.  more »
  • Museum of Hungarian tradition... Of many of the old life, clothing, utensils, etc...
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  • Loved this beautiful building and as former clay artist I always appreciate how things are made. This collection is very similar to the Folk Art Museum in Innsbruck Austria but the large dark spaces p...  more »
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  • We ended up here while waiting for our Parliament tour to start and were pleasantly surprised by this little museum across the plaza from Parliament. There is a permanent exhibit upstairs and an exhibit of world press photography on the mail level. (the press photos were spectacular btw!! ) Plus this is a beautiful building! The permanent exhibit was all about rural Hungarian culture over the years with extensive photography of peasant life at the turn of the last century. My grandparents left Eastern Europe in 1921 and it was interesting to see photography of how they might have lived before they came to the states. This was well worth the 90 minutes we spent here
  • Disappointed with the the museum. It was recommended in our guide book but did not find it engaging. Only spent about twenty minutes inside.
  • Really beautiful building, which was the palace of justice until around WWII. (The building itself was the runner-up in the competition to design the parliament building at the end of the 19th century.) The ethnographic exhibit is extensive.
  • shoes shoes...loads of shoes. Kind of expensive. should deffo have been part of the budapest card but was not. 2nd level was better. Loads of things on display...but 2800 huf was a bit steep. should at least have discounts for budapest card holders. Nice and clean toilets.
  • Very nice building. The exhibition is not that great, but good place for first rendezvous.

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