The building of the Museum of Ethnography was originally built to be the HQ of the Ministry of Justice.
Alajos Hauszmann was commisioned to plan the building. The work of the later "Hall of Justice" started in August 1893 and was finished exactly at the date the contract stated: on the 1st of May 1896 (year of the Hungarian Millenium).
Constructed in antique Roman style the building is grandiose but at the same time it also shows some restraint. However, you will see no restraint if you enter the Ceremonial hall :)
The museum is hosting regular (e.g. hungarian ethnograpy) and temporary (e.g. World Press Photo) exposition as well.
Opening hours: 10am - 6 pm, closed only on Mondays. Adult entarnce fee for special exhibitions: 500 HUF. See other details on the homepage.
The museum of ethnography or the 'Néprajzi Muzeum'
is among the largest of it's kind in Europe.
139 00 Hungarian objects show you the
traditional culture of the Hungarian people.
The building is in front of the parliament
and used to house the 'royal high council'.
Do I need to tell that it is a magnificient
building. The amazing room shown in the
picture made us quit for sure.
The temporary exhibition we visited was of
a very high qualtiy. Being western European
we always seem to forget that other nations had
bagpipe instruments in their
history apart from the scottisch
All sorts of decorative bagpipes. The nicest
thing at the end of this temporary exhibit was the
opportunity to play in a cabine the instrument
yourself by a computer simulation.
Wen enjoyed that a lot.
The museum is internationally orientated.
The texts are provided also in English and
at the entrance a folder in different languages
Free with the Budapest card except
the temporary exhibit.
The Museum of Ethnography is a kind of museum that I like. It shows traditional Hungarian life and the exhibitions starts in a room with folkloric dresses. In the other rooms you will see items from the daily life of farmers and craftsmen in the 19th century. There are tools, painted furniture, ceramics and woven and embroidered clothing etc.
Entrance was 700 ft (February 2006).
We tried to visit the Parliament on a rainy day, there were no tickets left, it had just started raining again, and the most logical thing to do was to step into the Ethnographic Museum on the opposite side of the square, Kosuth Lajos Ter.
The main appeal to us, as for most visitors that day, was not the permanent museum collection but the temporary exhibition of World Press Photos. This also accounted for the expensive entrance ticket, 2500 Ft per adult for the conbination ticket.
The museum is located in an imposing 19th century building which used to serve as district court and appeals court. The huge open internal space was now used for the World Press Photo competition exhibition, which was most impressive, artistically portraying human suffering all over the globe.
The permanent exhibitions had very few visitors, but were also interesting. Colorful costumes from various parts of the Greater Hungary; the life cycle in rural Hungary, from cradle to grave; agricultural tools; country markets; festival masks and costumes; old furniture and interiors from the countryside.
This museum is worth visiting, especially if you are already in the Parliament Square.
The Museum of Ethnography (Neprajzi Muzeum in Hungarian) is located very close to the Parliament , on Lajos Kossuth square.
In the museum you will learn about life and culture of the previous generations , you will see clothing and furniture.
A ticket will cost you 800 Forint and if you want to take pictures you should add more 300 Forint.
The Museum of Ethnography is one of the oldest institutions in Hungary. It wad founded in 1872. The first collection was János Xantus's, since them it devaloped a lot and today its a house for around quarter of a million objects.
The museum became an independent institution in 1947.
Trough the history the museum chanfged its place a few times and today its situated opposite to the Parliament at the former Palace of justice.
Even if you don't want (or don't have time) to visit the museum itself, it's worth having a look at it from outside as it's in a beautiful building.
When you go to see the Parliament, it's just on the other side of the square.
I read in a magazine that this is one of the best ethnography museums in Europe and I thought it was excellent. The building itself is absolutely STUNNING inside and was used earlier as a "Royal High Council". Lots of very well-done exhibits of past daily life in Hungary with lovely objects and clothing. There is a whole room of traditional costumes and I spent a long time looking at those - they are SO beautiful and the craftsmanship is SO intricate. It just boggles the mind. Also, many very interesting blown-up B&W historical pictures of people, customs, celebrations, markets, etc. Many other things too. Nice little cafe downstairs. I learned a lot here and visiting this museum was one of my favorite parts of my trip. Well worth a visit! When I visit Budapest again, I will come back here.
The museum has a beautiful exterior and interior, too.
It houses an exhibition on the folk culture of Hungary in a fully restored condition.
Open: 1000-1800. Closed on Monday.
Fees: adults: 1200, students: 600 HUF
Holds the world press exhibition every year and houses an incredible collection of peoples snapshots of Budapest and Hungary , including those of the 1956 uprising.
The building was the Supreme Court of Hungary until 1945 and is located directly opposite the Hungarian Parliment. Exhibits inside incude traditional costumes and uniforms from Hungary's history.