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.
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.
House of Terror is a museum located at Andrássy út 60 in Budapest, Hungary. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.
The museum opened on February 24, 2002 and the Director-General of the museum since then has been Dr. Mária Schmidt.
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.
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.
The House of Terror may sound like an amusement park attraction but in reality it is a museum charting two of the most tragic periods of Hungarian history. The Museum is dedicated to the victims, from periods of time when Hungary was controlled by Nazi and Communist regimes.
The actual buiding itself was headquarters to the Nazi Arrow Cross Party in 1944 and subsequently from 1945 - 1956 was headquarters to the notorious communist terror organistaions, the ÁVO and ÁZH. The Museum is located on the beautiful Andrássy Boulevard but hidden deep in the basement lie torture and prison cells in which the Nazi's and Communists carried out many atrocities. The building at 60 Andrássy út has long been a symbol of terror and tragedy in Budapest but now it is a memorial to the victims of this shameful time in budapests history.
Looking more like a nightclub than a monument to the thousands who suffered at the hands of the autocratic regimes that ran Hungary into the ground in the latter half of the 20th century, the House of Terror remains a very popular tourist destination. It's a museum that charts the horrors of the fascist Arrow Cross Party, and the longer period of pain under the Communists.
It's a fascinating period of Hungary's history, but the museum has drawn some criticism for its political nature, not least because its first exhibition is a video that details the loss of Hungarian territory under the Treaty of Trianon, a popular theme with Hungary's far right.
This building on Andrassy Avenue at number 60 was the headquarters of the secret police first under the Fascist Arrow Cross regime (who called it the "House of Loyalty") and then the communist regime. The building now operates as a museum telling the story of the repression of the Hungarian people under these two regimes (with a heavy emphasis on the communist regime).
The route around the building starts on the 2nd floor and works down to the basmement where you see the cells that many of the regimes' victims were incarcerated in. The displays are on the whole evocative and emotive (with atmospheric, foreboding background music) rather than informative. The information is conveyed instead through printed A4 information sheets which you pick up as you enter each room (in Hungarian or English). Each room does provide a great deal of information in this way and you can take these info sheets away with you. Many of the rooms also have screens showing interviews with people who are telling their stories about the actions of these regimes (victims and staff).
In my opinion, this was the most interesting museum in Budapest. It is housed in the building that served as headquarters to the Nazi party and then to the Communist party while the country was under Soviet rule. As you make your way through the museum, a collection of artefacts, documentaries and info sheets give you information about this determining era in the history of the country, which ones tend to forget given how much Budapest has changed and recovered from its battle wounds. It also serves as a memorial to the victims of these two totalitarian regimes. The visit includes a tour of the basement's cells where people were detained, interrogated and executed by the KGB.
Admision costs 2000 forints and the museum is closed on Mondays.
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
I must confess: When I planned my visit to Budapest the House of Terror was not high on my list: Given its name and the fact that in popular travel websites it was rated first in popularity among all the Budapest sights, I expected some kitschy tourist attraction that commercialized Hungary's grim history in the 20th century and sold this story to attraction-hungry tourists from overseas. Well, I was mistaken, I was wrong.
This is a serious, comprehensive display of the troubles in Hungary from the 1940s to 1991: The Second World War, the Arrow-Cross regime, the rounding-up of Hungary's Jews and their dispatch to liquidation, the short "spring" after Hitler's defeat, then the Communist takeover, the early suppression of liberal, democratic voices, the 1956 uprising and its cruel suppression, the totalitarian regime up to the Soviets' departure in 1991.
Although serious and comprehensive, the display is extremely well put together, the stories are thrilling, the atmosphere created in every room different according to the topic but very realistic. This creates for the visitor a personal journey through recent history, experiencing what the Hungarian nation has been through.
The setting is the grim building of the secret police, with its authentic prison cells. And where, of all places? On the elegant Andrassy Street, in central Budapest.
Yes, it is claustrophobic; a Russian tank occupying the center of the small inner courtyard on the ground floor; an elevator which takes you (one way!) down to the prison cells in the basement. You can't go back up in the elevator; you have to make your way through the small labyrinth of the prison to find the way up again, and then the atmosphere changes abruptly: It is happy and solemn, the Russian tanks are leaving, this time for good.
One of the powerful halls of the museum is deisgned as a courtroom. You actually sit on a wooden bench and watch a black & white documentary of the trial of Imre Nagy, the Hungarian leader who wanted more freedom for his people.
A humorous interlude is the room dedicated to Communist consumer propaganda: Bright lights, colorful posters, some of them saying that American-bred insects are destroying the Hungarian crops (see photo)...
Whatever you do in Budapest, the House of Terror is a must!
This museum is one of the best I have seen in Eastern Europe. It has interactive displays, state of the art equipment and English description. It is 3 floors of rooms, taking you from the Nazi occupation, to liberation by the Soviets and then to the Soviet occupation. There is a mock prison in the basement and the weirdest fountain I have ever seen in my life in the lobby- an oil fountain. The tank in the lobby has an incredibly slow dripping oil fountain. The normal price is 1500 HUF for adults, 750 HUF for students, but on Sundays its free, all you have to do is show your ISIC or other card like it. I would give yourself 45-90 minutes to go through it, depending on what kind of a museum person you are.
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.
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.