This building used to be the HQ of the secret police and the brilliant museum inside details the atrocities that happened here along with information about nazism and communism in Hungary.
All the rooms were full of information and ideas and you could even take home commentry, enough to fill a book, in Hungarian or English to take away and read at your leisure for free. Something that would perhaps be good in other museums you pay to enter.
The House of Terror is a good place to visit to get an understanding of what life was like under communism.
This building was the headquarters for the Arrow Cross-Hungarian Nazis and the AVO/AVH-communist terror organizations.
In the basement you can see the cells that the captors had to live in.
They say that "this museum commemorates the victims of terror , but also reminds us of the awful acts of the terrorist dictatorships"
There are lots of good, informative fliers that you can read about the rooms you pass through. I heard that the audioguide goes into to much detail and is not necessary.
Don't be scared. It's a museum dedicated to Jew and it shows the tortures that Jew from Hungary suffered at Worls War II. Even it's a depressing place it really worths a visit as it includes a part from world's modern history
The House of Terror is a museum over the terror during the Nazi and Communist regimes. With texts, photos, old films and sounds the cruel fate of many people is shown and it is very touching. . People were killed, imprisoned, sent to death camps and to labour camps.
The building the museum is housed in is indeed a house of terror. This was the headquarters of the nazi party, and later the communist secret police. In the cellar of the building many people were tortured an killed.
They don?t let too many in at the same time. Even if we came early a morning in February we had to wait, but only for 5 minutes. Guess the queues in summer can be much longer.
The entrance fee was 1500 ft.
Next stop was the House of Terror, which I will admit to not knowing enough Hungarian history to completely understand. It consisted of two or three histories of occupations in Hungary. The Crossarrow/Nazi/Communist occupations which if anyone knows about feel free to enlighten me. I believe two of them are words for the same occupation but I could be mistaken. Lots of English handouts, no shortage of info. That was almost the problem. Unless you wanted to spend the day there reading you could digest all the info given. And I read pretty fast. For best viewing pleasure I recommend doing a bit more homework than I. Well worth the trip but did remind me of visiting concentration camps in Germany. Similar information and feel.
This museum records the period from pre World War 2 when the Hungarian National Socialist movement's Szalasi branch rented space in the building from 1937.The movement was known as the Arrow Cross Party and during the war the Hungarian Nazis used it as their headquarters, using the cellar for torturing and killing hundreds of people.
In 1945 Hungary ended up under Soviet occupation and the building became the home of the Department for Political Police.
The museum covers 3 or 4 floors, including the cellar which was converted into cells and still retains some of the torture weapons. The displays chronicle the period in graphic detail, using photos, newspaper articles, actual uniforms etc, video recordings of actual warfare etc, including the 1956 uprising.
It is a very thorough display and well worth a visit for those tourists wanting to know the recent history of this country.
This is one of the most effective museums I've ever been to. It's about the Hungarian Communist regime and what they did to the people of Hungary. It tells a story that's not so well known with thought-provoking, and sometimes shocking, exhibits. It's definitely worth the 600 forint (student rate) admission.
This house was home to both the Facists and the Communists and has a lot of history. The museum itself is very well laid out and has been very well designed for visitors. The exhibitions are both informative and formidable.
Definitely one of the best museums I have visited in a while.
We found this museum just by chance. We were walking down Andrássy út heading to the Heroes' Square when we saw this grey building. We didn't know what it was, but we saw the name on the wall. We decided to go inside, and then we were surprised. This museum shows the terror history of Hungary, from the nazis to the communists. The rooms are very well organized, with a lot of information in all of them. I really learnt a lot of history in this museum. Don't miss it!
The Terror House is as much a memorial to victims of the abusive occupation by Nazi and then Soviet powers as it is a history museum. Information and artifacts from the period (1941 - 1989) are presented in a heavily themed environment intended to give the audience an intense emotional response. The place is meticulously constructed with detailed rooms, hours of video and audio, and dramatic music. It is an impressive shrine and well worth the visit.
1200 Forint entrance fee; you don’t need the audio guide (an additional 1000 Ft.) but be prepared to stand around and do a lot of reading.
This is a really good museum but if your language is English you wont get as much out of it.
I enjoyed it but there was lots I didn't understand because not all vidoes had subtitles and not all displays were translated.
Having survived 2 terror regimes, it was time to build a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times.
In December 2000 "The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and Eastern European History and Society " purchased the building (ex State Interior Protection building - was the house of real terror once...) with the aim of establishing a museum in order to present these two bloody periods of Hungarian history. The House of Terror Museum was completed in February 2002.
Prepare yourself to see "strong" history.
Once the headquarters of the communist special police the house that stands in the Andrassy street has a long history as the house of terror. Windows of the house are closed, and an impressive cornice hangs over the pavements and screams 'TERROR' in man-sized letters.
The House of Terror takes visitors on a journey through the many traumas of totalitarian rule: fascism, Soviet occupation, the gulag, and persecution of the peasantry and the churches.
Unusual feature of this museum is the entrance procedure - a real monument to old regime's heartlessness and inefficiency. Visitors stand in the line to get in. The museum only opens its doors every 15 minutes, to let in a handful of visitors, the rest must wait on line outside.
A new museum that is in the building formerly used by the Gestapo and secret police of the Communist regime. It was once the most feared address in Budapest and is now a memorial to the victims. I wish more English explanations had been available (we're spoiled) though there were some papers there with details in English. In the courtyard, there is a full sized tank that really gets your attention. It is moving to walk through the prison cells and to see the pictures of many of the victims. There was also a film on the Holocaust in Hungary, which really did not get underway until late in the war. I think this stop is important for anyone wanting to get a grasp for Hungarians and their real and recent history
If you're in Budapest this is a must!
It's about the terror regimes that Hungary has been under during the 20th century but is also an interesting introduction to Hungary's history.
Very modern, very big, very interesting and very scary.
The only minus is that it's hard to understand some of the things shown if you don't understand hungarian.