- 13 Nov 2019 4:22 PM
The Museum of Fine Arts, as part of the Heroes’ Square monument complex, is one of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Contrary to the National Gallery – which centres around the Hungarian fine art – the exhibitions focus on European fine art.
We should not miss the newly renovated Romanesque Hall, which was closed from visitors until this year’s reopen due to damages suffered in World War II.
In addition to the permanent masterpieces, the current temporary exhibition displays the Golden Age of Flemish painting through the art of the Baroque master of European art, Peter Paul Rubens’s paintings.
The exhibition features 120 works from forty large-scale collections, including the Louvre, Hermitage, Prado, and National Gallery of Washington and London.
The foundation of the National Museum dates back to 1802, when Ferenc Széchenyi applied for permission from Emperor Francis I to donate to the nation his rich collection of Nagycenk. Completed in 1946, the museum was an island of national resistance, playing an important role during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
On March 15 1848, the museum was an important venue for the revolution, where, according to tradition, Sándor Petőfi recited the National Poem to the crowd.
Among the treasures of the permanent exhibitions that showcase Hungarian history, we should not miss the Coronation Mantle of the state’s funding father King St Stephen and his wife Queen Gizella from 1031.
After the visit of the museum, the garden of the museum offers a pleasant walk.
The Hungarian National Gallery which was founded in 1957 is the largest public collection exhibiting the development of Hungarian fine art.
The Gallery moved to the Budavár Palace in 1975. The collection ranges from the foundation of the state to the present, from the earliest Hungarian memories to contemporary art.
The permanent exhibitions provide a comprehensive picture of the history of Hungarian art.
Just to give some emblematic examples, the museum features works of painters such as Viktor Madarász and Bertalan Székely, depicting Hungarian history, or the younger generation teaching at the Munich Academy (Sándor Wágner, Sándor Liezen-Mayer, Gyula Benczúr).
The museum is also home to the art works of internationally famous Mihály Munkácsy and Pál Szinyei Merse, who was the pioneer of Hungarian painting.
You get a 10% discount on the entry price of each of the three museums, with minicard. Find cards at our distribution points, hotels, information offices, Budapest Info Points (Sütő utca, Heroes’ Square), Bubbles self-service laundries.
You can also use the link below to find the nearest minicard distribution point on the map.