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Hungarian National Museum

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Hungarian National Museum
  • (interesting)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Free
  • half day
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The oldest museum in Budapest featuring Hungarian history

Budapest, Múzeum krt. 14-16, 1088 Hungary
Permanent exhibitions are free

The Hungarian National Museum is the oldest and one of the most interesting museums in Budapest. Founded in 1802, it was designed in a Neoclassical style by Mihály Pollack and its construction took ten years.


It features collections that will give you a very deep insight into the history of Hungary through history, art and archeology.


Originally, the museum was a library owned by Count Ferenc Széchényi until his wife donated a collection of minerals and it slowly became a museum with the help of the Hungarian Parliament.


The museum has seven permanent exhibitions, which are:

  1. History of Hungary from the foundation of the state to 1990 Middle Ages
  2. Modern and Contemporary History
  3. Scholar Hungarians Who Made the 20th Century
  4. On the East-West frontier: History of the people of the Hungarian lands from 400.000 BC to 804 AD.
  5. The Coronation Mantle
  6. Medieval and Early Modern Lapidary
  7. Roman Lapidary


Aside from the permanent exhibitions, the museum also hosts temporary ones, concerts, attractions for children and more. Also featured in the museum is the Museum Festival, which you can read more about in the official website.

Opening hours

10:00 - 18:00

Closed on Mondays

How to get there

Metro: Astoria or Kálvin tér stations