Museums and Galleries
If you like to go to museums, look at beautiful paintings and sculptures, or you are interested in niche topics, Hungary has the best places for you to visit. Budapest is full of different museums and exhibitions ranging from paintings from different eras to collections of antique stamps.
If you are interested in art, you should visit the following museums:
Museum of Fine Arts
Located in Heroes Square, Museum of Arts is full of international art, where you can find a vast number of art pieces from Europe from all periods of time. The Museum houses several permanent exhibitions, such as, Ancient Egypt, Classical Antiquity, European Art 1250-1600, European Sculpture 1350-1800 and Art in Hungary 1600-1800. There are numerous temporary exhibitions too that you can check out on their website.
Additionally, they organise family events, guided tours and museum walks during which the museum educators talk about special and current themes.
Address: Budapest, Dózsa György út 41, 1146
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art
Ludwig Museum is the house of contemporary art, showing off works of Hungarian and international artists. The museum was started with the donation of 70 international contemporary art pieces by Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig, and was complemented by the donation of the Hungarian National Gallery. These pieces made up the initial exhibition of Ludwig Museum, that has been expanding since.
Today, apart from the permanent collection, visitors can enjoy a variety of different temporary exhibitions, events, guided tours and a library.
For the theme of temporary events, check out their website.
Address: Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095
Budapest Hall of Art
Standing opposite of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest Hall of Art is the centre of contemporary Hungarian art. Their main goal is to give aesthetic value to visitors, and apart from the traditional exhibitions, they host a number of different events where artists can express themselves.
One of these events was Paint Up! In 2012, during which artist were ‘painting’ the outside of the building with 3D technology and powerful projectors. This became the theme for a whole festival, called Light Festival, where they go around to country to paint on different buildings.
Address: Budapest, Dózsa György út 37, 1146
If you are more interested in unusual exhibitions, you might consider visiting one or more of the following places:
The House of Houdini
Within the walls of Buda Castle, you can visit the House of Houdini, which possesses the only collection of original Houdini artifacts in Europe.
Address: Budapest, Dísz tér 11, 1014
The postal museum lets you see how mails were transported between places, what vehicles they used and how they sorted them out when they arrived at the post offices. Additionally, you can check out their uniforms and equipment they used.
Address: Budapest, Benczúr u. 27, 1068
Hungarian Electrotechnical Museum
Inside this museum, you can get an insight into the history of Hungary’s electrical industry.
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 21, 1075
If you would rather spend time learning about the history of Hungary, you could check out these museums:
Inside Castle Hill, the labyrinth was used for many purposes. It was once a shelter, a patio and even a prison. During your visit you can walk through the cave, where you can see statues of Hungarian kings, medieval stonework and wax figures.
If you visit the labyrinth at 6pm, you can go on an oil lamp tour. The cave will be pitch dark, with an oil lamp as your only source of light.
Address: Budapest, Úri u. 9, 1014
House of Terror
The House of Terror was created to commemorate the victims of the two regimes that ruled Hungary in the 20th century. Inside the museum, visitors can see what life was like in that era, and what happened to those who were held captive there.
Address: Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062
In case none of these captured your interest, you could look around here for other museums and exhibitions: