The Most Interesting Museums in Budapest
Budapest is such an amazing city that even saying it sounds like a cliche, however, it is true. Among the must see bridges, buildings, parks and statues, there are also some very special and interesting museums in the Hungarian capital.
Larger museums like the National Museum or the House of Terror are amazing, but there are some more hidden gems on the palette of Budapest museums that should be seen by anyone visiting one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. From among these little treasures did we pick four today, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Military Museum, the Vasarely Museum and the Jewish Museum. Enjoy the reading and put them on your bucket list for your next Budapest trip.
Museum of Applied Arts
You can see from the fist glance at the beautiful Art-nouveau building that it is a heaven for those who are interested in different cultures and those who enjoy beauty. Although the palace is an example of the 20th century Hungarian-style architectural trend, you can hind Persian and Hindu patterns as well.
The Museum of Applied Arts exhibits French furniture, Eastern carpets, glass works from the Art-nouveau period, Zsolnai ceramics, the treasury of the famous Hungarian noble family, the Esterhazys and many other wonderful pieces of -applied art. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 6 PM, but it is closed on Mondays. Entrance fee for adults in 2011 is 2000 Ft (about $10).
Military Institute and Museum
Won the Museum of the Year price in 2009, the Military Museum exhibits memories of the military history of the last 1000 years in the Carpathian Basin. They have a vast collection of uniforms, armory, flags and other military related objects from the Middle Ages on.
My favorite exhibit is called ‘The 13 days of the revolution of 1956’, as the name suggests its theme is the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, but I also love the 15 square meter scale-model of a Medieval castle siege… and many other things! The museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM every day except Monday; entrance fee for adults is 800 Ft (about $5) per person.
Did you know that the famous 20th century painter, the father of the op-art (optical art) stream, Victor Vasarely, was born as Vásárhelyi Győző and he was Hungarian? Well he probably knew it and that is why he donated a large part of his works to the Hungarian State in the ’80s; this donation makes up a big part of the museums exhibition material, but you can also see here the works of other modern artists, Hungarian and foreign.
The Vasarely Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 5:30 PM and entrance costs 800 Ft (about $5) for adults. It is a must-see for any fan of modern art and art in general.
The Jewish Museum
The Dohány street Synagogue, built in the 1850s is the largest synagogue in Europe up until today. It gives home to the Jewish National Museum of Budapest which presents the life, traditions and history of the Jewish people in the city. The church in itself is a wonder, it is grand and wonderfully decorated and the museum is very educational, you can get to know a lot about this nation and its troubled history.
The synagogue and the museum are open every day apart from Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM or 6 PM, depending on the day and season. Admission fee is 1400 Ft (about $7).
If you are interested in more Budapest museums, do not worry, there are more posts coming up about them!