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If you're craving some culture, Budapest has more than enough to satisfy your appetite. Try a stroll through Statue Park and walk amongst stony reminders of Budapest's communist past, soak up exciting new art in one of the city's art galleries, or watch your kids 'moonwalk' in the Palace of Miracles. Whether you're looking to discover new talent, or want to learn more about Hungarian art and culture, Budapest has a museum that's sure to suit your fancy.
The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), founded in 1896 and opened in 1906, features the history of visual arts in Europe. Dedicated to paintings, drawings and sculptures of European origin, one of the highlights of its permanent exhibit is the horseman sculpture carved by Leonardo da Vinci.
Getting to the Museum of Fine Arts:
Take the Millennium Underground (M1) to Heroes' Square
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Exhibitions in the National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria) feature the history and development of Hungarian painting. The permanent collection also represents the past five hundred years of art in Hungary, including Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures and altarpieces.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
The Museum of Music History (Zenetörténeti Múzeum) tells the story of music through exhibitions, recitals and concerts. The emphasis on Hungarian music, which is rich in folk traditions and covers a wide spectrum from the rhapsodies of Liszt and the compositions of Bartók and Kodály to Hungarian gipsy music.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (A Magyar Szecesszió Háza) is a museum dedicated entirely to the Hungarian Art Nouveau style. Everything from the building itself to the jewelry sold in the gift shop recalls the beginning of the 20th century, the time when Art Nouveau flourished in Hungary. The museum holds a unique collection of furniture, décor, paintings and other objects related to the Art Nouveau movement.
Getting there: Take Subway (M2) or Streetcar 2 to Kossuth tér
Monday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
The House of Terror Museum commemorates the victims of both the Communist and the Nazi regimes in Hungary. The building served as the former headquarter of the ultra-right (Nazi) party in 1940, and its basement was used as a prison. During Communism, the building was taken over by the State Security (Hungarian version of the KGB). Hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, were tortured in the House of Terror.
Getting to the House of Terror: Take the Millennium Underground (M1) to Vörösmarty utca
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
The Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum) is dedicated to the history of Budapest. Archeological items uncovered in various local excavations in Pest, Buda and Óbuda - the three cities which make up Budapest - are on display. The oldest finds date back more than 40,000 years. Unfortunately not many artifacts survived from the once famous medieval palace, however lower levels of the museum feature some remains and a modest selection of restored rooms.
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
During winter season (Nov 1 - Feb 28) Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
Memento Park, a Communist-themed outdoor museum located just outside Budapest, is a reminder of the fall of tyranny. In 1989, when Hungary chose to embrace a free market economy, the new government removed many of the statues and monuments identified with the former Communist regime. Now, these formerly revered relics of an unfulfilled dream stand together, providing unique experience
Monday-Sunday: 10 am to sundown
The Jewish Museum was constructed on the site where Theodor Herzl's house once stood. Adjacent to the Great Synagogue, this museum features Jewish traditions and costumes, as well as the History of Hungarian Jews, including the Holocaust.
When visiting the Synagogue you will have access to the Jewish Museum, the Heroes' Temple and the Jewish Cemetery too.
Sunday - Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm