Hungarian National Museum : Michelin's recommendations
Founded in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchenyi, it occupies a Neo-classical palace fronted with a portico with Corinthian columns. The sculpted tympan depicts some allegories: Pannonie, surrounded by the Sciences and Arts. In front of the façade, a statue of János Arany, a great Hungarian poet from the 19th Century Don't try to look for the crown jewels here any more, which were on the ground floor of the museum: they have been transferred to the Parliament. Take a plunge into the past and walk around the halls which will present you with the great moments of the country's history, from the arrival of the Magyar tribes till after communism. Each period is very well illustrated by maps, plans, paintings, works of art or everyday objects, arms, furniture, clothes, videos, etc. In the hall devoted to the age of Mathias Corvin, you will see some very beautiful gothic stalls taken from the Church of Bártfa. In the one which has the remains of the Ottoman occupation, some other stalls (Franciscan Church of Nyírbátor) are a marvellous piece of work by the Hungarian cabinetmakers of the period. Also look out for the hall devoted to the expulsion of the Turks with a beautiful caisson ceiling in ceramic tiles. The contemporary period very well depicts the role played and suffered by Hungary under the grip of dictators like Miklós Horthy and Mátyás Rákosi.
- Address : Múzeum krt 14-16 H - Budapest 10881088Budapest
- Phone : 3382122
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.mnm.hu
- Prices : 1100 HUF