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Top 5 Must Visit Museums in Budapest

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Budapest is a city with rich history, culture, and art, and its museums reflect this diverse heritage. If you are an art enthusiast, history lover, or just curious traveler, these five top museums in Budapest are must-visit destinations.

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Hungarian National Museum

Founded in 1802, the Hungarian National Museum is the oldest and one of the most significant museums in Hungary. It is dedicated to the history, art, and archaeology of Hungary. Explore the comprehensive collections that trace Hungary’s history from the ancient times through the medieval period to modern history. View the beautifully embroidered coronation mantle worn by Hungarian kings since the 11th century. Also you can relax in the museum’s scenic garden, which is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Located at Heroes’ Square, the Museum of Fine Arts boasts an extensive collection of European art, from ancient times to the end of the 18th century. Here you will find works by famous artists such as Raphael, El Greco, Goya, and Titian. Explore a vast collection of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art and artifacts. The museum holds one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside Spain. Also during a significant renovation in 2015-2018 the museum enhanced its facilities and exhibition spaces, making it more accessible to the public.

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Hungarian National Gallery

Located in Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery is dedicated to Hungarian art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Discover religious paintings, altarpieces, and sculptures from the Gothic and Renaissance periods. You can observe here the works of prominent Hungarian artists such as Mihály Munkácsy and László Paál. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions featuring both Hungarian and international artists. In addiction to its amazing content the gallery offers stunning panoramic views of Budapest from its terrace, providing a perfect blend of art and scenic beauty.

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Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ludwig Museum is Hungary’s premier contemporary art museum, showcasing modern and contemporary art from Hungary and around the world. View works by international artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. Discover the vibrant contemporary art scene in Hungary through works by prominent Hungarian artists. The museum frequently hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events. Also Ludwig Museum is part of the Palace of Arts (Müpa Budapest), a contemporary cultural center that houses the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Festival Theatre.

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House of Terror Museum

The House of Terror Museum is a chilling reminder of Hungary’s turbulent 20th century, focusing on the fascist and communist regimes that ruled the country. Learn about the oppressive regimes through detailed exhibits, personal stories, and historical artifacts. Explore the reconstructed prison cells in the basement, where political prisoners were detained and tortured. The museum serves as a memorial to the victims of these regimes, with a wall of portraits honoring those who suffered. Interesting fact that the museum is housed in the former headquarters of the secret police, which make the experience even more poignant and immersive.

Budapest’s museums provide unique insights into Hungary’s heritage and contemporary life. These five museums are essential stops for any visitor looking to surround themselves in the cultural heart of Budapest.

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