Hungarian National Gallery

Price guide: Budget

Szent Gyorgy ter 2, Building B, C, D, Budapest, 1014

Price guide: Budget

Hungarian National Gallery
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Art, Great views / scenery, History

Best for Culture - Expert review of Hungarian National Gallery

An enormous treasure trove of the country’s best art.

It’s best to dip in and out of the National Gallery – it’s simply too big a feast to digest in a single sitting. Filling three wings of the Buda Castle Palace, the gallery’s collection spans 10 centuries of the country’s artistic output, starting with the medieval and pitching up just short of the present day. Among the highlights surviving from the early years are decorative marble features from King Matthias’s palace and some stunning late-Gothic winged altars. If you’re unfamiliar with the names of Hungarian masters, look out for religious canvases by F A Maulbertsch from the 18th century, depictions of the tough lives of rural peasants by Mihály Munkácsy from the 19th century, and enormous, vivid paintings by Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka from the early 20th century.

Price advice: 

Entrance 1,000 forints (adults), 500 forints (EU citizens aged 6–26 and 62–70), free (disabled visitors, EU citizens over 70).

Expert tips: 
There’s free admission on every third Saturday of the month for visitors aged under 26 and a child under 18 with two adults.
Before you go into the museum, be sure to take a look at the massive equestrian statue of Eugene of Savoy (who liberated the country from Turkish occupation) in front of the palace and the charming Matthias Well (showing the Renaissance king out hunting) in one courtyard.

More information on Hungarian National Gallery:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Museum
Szent Gyorgy ter 2, Building B, C, D, Budapest, 1014
06 20 439 7325
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.

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