Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

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    Hungarian National Museum

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    I thought it was a rather small collection considering it is a national museum. Though it was fairly chronological it was a bit hard to follow since so little of the exhibition had any description in English. They could have done a bit better with the museum collection, especially considering that Hungarian history is so eventful.

    The one part of the exhibition that I really liked more than anything was the exquisite collection of meerschaum pipes, intricately carved.

    *extra charge for taking camera in.

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    Hungarian national museum

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Hungarian national museum (Magyar nemzeti museum ) is housed on a beautiful neoclassical building that was built in 1847.

    It covers a long period through the history of Hungary, from the foundation to Modern age but also stones from Paleolithic period, old roman stones etc Although there are a lot of items in the museums the info boards aren’t the best you will ever see so you don’t have a good motive to stay and enjoy more but in any case the main info board in every room puts you in a general understanding of each period (the exhibits are placed in chronological order)

    There are interesting coins, old uniforms and clothing, armor, paintings, documents, old photographs and several other different stuff and artifacts, the collection of meerschaum pipes was very good too.

    It’s open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00
    Normal fee is 1100huf but we payed 550huf with Sziget pass, with Budapest card you pay 880Huf.
    Free for Europeans over 70 and those under 26 on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
    Extra charge for photo(2500Huf!!) and video (4500Huf!!)

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    Hungarian National Museum/Museum of Ethnography

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I LOVED this place, but it might have just been the Anthropologist in me. I thought it was very well layed out and user friendly. My favorite part of it was the traditional clothing room. Not only did I enjoy looking at the folk costumes, but I also liked watching the video in which a woman was fitted for her wedding gown-what a long, tedious process. And how many layers! I would definitely recommend this as a museum and a good way to spend a rainy afternoon, as I did.

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    Hungarian National Museum

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    The Hungarian National Museum was the original home of the Ethnographical Museum as well, and I think that the split of the institutions has helped ensure that they are of a much better quality than the combined institution is in other cities. The National Museum follows the history of the Hungarian people, addressing, as it does so, major events in the history of the Hungarian nation rather than the day-to-day lives of the people. If that is what interests you, I suggest you go to the Ethnographical Museum instead. This museum devotes very little to the pre-historic or ancient history of present-day Hungary (for which I, frankly, am thankful), although it is unclear whether this is because it was found to be uninteresting or because the nation’s history effectively begins in the 9th century AD is unclear. The movement through the ages is also at just the right tempo: there is a fair amount of information provided about each of the eras, which examples of armour, dress, documents and replicas of architecture to demonstrate specific innovations or important dates (the Italian tourists love playing with the weaponry, it appears), but nothing is gone into in painstaking detail. My favourite part of the exhibit was the modern (1840s onward) section, which, I felt, gave a good description of a less-known period in Hungarian history. After all, once the Hungarians were no longer on the front lines of Europe’s defense against the Turks, they sort of faded from history. In particular, it explains quite well the development of Hungarian national identity, the sense of betrayal stemming from the Treaty of Trianon and the reasons for the rise of a dictatorship that sided with Hitler rather than the Allies. The museum also has special exhibitions. When I visited there were two: one dealing with the “forgotten minorities” of Europe that was fairly interesting; and another of Stephen I’s coronation crown. The latter, obviously, attracted far more local tourists than the former.

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    by Toshioohsako Written Aug 18, 2008

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    Its a must to see museum. It has a wonderful collelction of medieval and modern masterpieces of Hungary.
    The garden gives also a magnificent panorama view of Budapest. Its a museum you enjoy side and outside.

    You can see the work of Munkacy Mihaly (1844.1900) , Paal Laszlo (1846-1879) and others - all are artists represent Hungary and people are proud of their work.

    open: 10-18

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    National Museum

    by ophiro Written Jul 16, 2008

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    The national museum is located very close to Kelvin square , just in front of the hotel i stayed in - Mercue Korona.

    The museum was built on 1802 , although the current building was built between 1837 to 1847 in Neo classical style.

    Inside the museum there are seven permanant exhibitions that are free entrance to the public.

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    The Hungarian National Museum

    by 1courage Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    The Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum (Hungarian National Museum) is the biggest museum in Hungary.
    This is the second building of the World wich was constructed as a museum, so it had no other function in the past (the first is the Brittish Museum). Built on the plans of Mihály Pollack, and it was inaugurated in 1846. Nowdays it has more than 1.000.000, objects of mostly inestimable value from the prehistorical era to the modern times (for example the royal mantle of Saint Stephen). The building has just been renovated and in 2005, 8 meters underneath the museum long cellars were found, constructed in the the baroque era (XVIII.century).

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    Hungarian National Museum

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    I've been here since I went inside...
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    This was one of my favorite musuems, you see I have this weird passion for military gear and armor along with historical relics that give you a bit of history behind the country.

    The musuem houses some of Hungary’s art and artifacts relating to its turbulent history along with some excellent period costumes, important relics and other art relating to Hungary. It is quite small by museum standards and few hours is all you need to experience this museum.

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    A great museum

    by muratkorman Written Oct 11, 2007

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    National museum in Budapest contains lots of interesting sections and artifacts from Hungarian history. Everything is exhibited in a good way. There are many paintings coming from different eras. You can learn a lot about Hungarian history if you visit this museum. The entrance is free on Saturdays so adjust your visiting time according to this tip in order not to pay entrance fee.

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    Hungarians' history

    by metallemon Written Dec 12, 2006

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    It’s the museum which contains the whole Hungarian history from 11th century until today.
    It worth to see the royal crown and clothes, and also the clothes of the knights.
    It also contains a paleontology exhibition and åêèÝìáôá of modern art.

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    National Museum

    by Babzz Written Aug 25, 2006

    An excellent museum in which to learn a lot about Hungarian history and culture. I spent quite some time here. Everything was well-labelled (in English at least-can't remember what other languages were offered).

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    The National Museum

    by DPando Written Dec 6, 2005

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    The Hungarian National Museum is a museum of history. Its task is to collect, preserve, and process the historical material in connection with Hungary and its introduction to the people. This process has been practiced for over 200 years by the museum.

    In 1807 The Hungarian Parliament nationalized the new institution and asked the nation to donate. One of the most valuable donations was that of the wife of the founder, Julia Festetics's mineral collection, which provided the basis for the Hungarian Natural History Museum.

    Though the building was totally renovated in 1926-27, WWII caused serious damages in it which were repaired by 1948.

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    Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum - Hungarian National Museum

    by MedioLatino Written Jun 13, 2005

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    The columns of thr Museum at night

    HNM is a history museum, collecting all the Hungary related historical relics. It was founded in 1802, when Count Ferenc Szechenyi asked Franz I., then emperor, to grant his huge Hungary related collection to the nation.

    Then it was decided that a new building should be elevated to be a National Museum. The construction lasted from 1837 until 1847.

    The building is covering almost 8000m2 and stands in the middle of a nice courtyard. The facade you "usually see" from the building is a Roman stlye portico with 8 columns.

    In the middle of the tympanum above the columns you can see Pannonia. Inside the staircases show the frescos of Karoly Lotz and Mor Than.

    The Museum, besides conserving history, also made history in the past: it was a gathering place for the starting event of the revolution in 1848-49, on the 15th of March in 1848 Sandor Petofi, famous Hungarian poet recited here the "National Song". That is why every year on this date the center of the festivities is the garden of the Museum.

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    The Hungarian Museum

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    This museum is a great starting point before visiting the city. You can learn all the basics of Hungarian history and culture, from the foundation of the state until 1990. There's also stoneworks from the Roman times, as well as the Middle Ages.

    There's another reason why you should visit this museum: it's one of the symbols of the 1848-49 - and still today it's at the centre of the 15 march celebrations in the city.

    Attention: the museum is closed on Monday.

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    best FREE national museum i've encountered

    by NSEW Written Nov 11, 2004

    impressive. all inclusive hungarian history. ancient artifacts to current times. amazing displays!!! the NAZI and Communist rooms are particularly interesting. if you're in Budapest, do make a stop here - it's free.

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