For the second set of Hungarian museums, we selected 5 museums, one of which is temporarily closed due to renovations, but is still worth mentioning since its architecture is truly extraordinary. The other 4 focus mainly on Hungarian history, culture and lifestyle, while offering entertainment fit for all generations.
#6 Budapest History Museum (Castle Museum) (Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays)
Located in Buda Castle, this museum presents Gothic sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda, as well as the history of Budapest from the prehistoric age and the medieval Royal Palace of the Buda castle. The Budapest History Museum itself is made up of 3 separate locations: the Aquincum Museum (see below), the Castle Museum, and the Kiscelli Museum located in Óbuda.
#7 Hungarian National Gallery (Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays)
Located inside the Buda Castle, this art gallery has an extraordinary collection of Hungarian fine art.
It has several permanent exhibitions: late Renaissance and Baroque art, Medieval and Renaissance stone carvings and the art of Mihály Munkácsy, just to list a few. The temporary exhibitions are also amazing, displaying fine art from all over the globe. The location and the regularly changing exhibitions make this gallery a tourist must-see.
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#8 Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park (Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays)
This museum is quite different from all the others, since most of it is outdoors, that’s what makes it perfect for a sunny day! Here you can see the ruins of the ancient city of Aquincum, which was part of the Roman Empire. The indoor part holds the archeological findings of the area, but taking a stroll in the Park is absolutely enchanting.
#9 Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Mondays)
The Ludwig Museum has the biggest contemporary collection in Budapest, focusing on pop art, Hungarian art from the ’60s along with modern Eastern and Central European art. The museum itself is in the building of the Palace of Arts, right next to the Danube. The permanent exhibitions present the national art in an international context, and the pop art collection holds pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns. The less famous Eastern European artists from the era receive equal representation, enabling visitors to appreciate the parallels and differences between the artists.
This particular museum is one of most magnificent of Art Nouveau architecture in Budapest, decorated with Zsolnay porcelain tiles. Its permanent exhibition displays Hungarian craftsmanship and artwork, but the establishment hosts design events and temporary modern exhibitions. According to the renovation plans, the whole collection will be digitalized, and accessible online by December 2020.