Why visit: history of Hungary, Neo-Classicist architecture, beautiful garden
The Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) is the oldest public museum in Hungary. The museum's present building was built between 1837 and 1847, and it stands as a great example of Neo-Classicist architecture. Founded 200 years ago, the museum is dedicated to the history of Hungary and today it remains a symbol of Hungary's national identity.
The permanent exhibition includes furniture, textiles, weapons, metalwork and ceramics. One of the most valuable items is the Coronation Mantle (the Crown Jewels are on display in Budapest's Parliament).
The garden, surrounding the National Museum, is a beautiful green spot in the center of the city. There are a few statues along with some beautiful townhouses, built by the aristocracy in the 19th century, overlooking the garden.
Getting to the Hungarian National Museum:
Take the Subway (M3) or Streetcar No. 47 or No. 49 to Kálvin tér and take the short walk over to the museum.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
Adult: HUF 1,100
Student & senior: HUF 550
Children under 6: free