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“Not for the faint hearted”

House of Terror Museum
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US$31,48*
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Budapest City Sightseeing Half-Day Tour
Ranked #97 of 595 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent our last morning in Budapest here, which on hindsight wasn't the best idea! The museum is well worth the visit but it left us all in very low spirits.

It is laid out very well but would recommend an audio tour if you can't read or speak Hungarian. Each room did have an English essay to read and pick up.

The museum is about the history of Nazi and Communist occupation - not for the faint hearted at all but highly recommended for history.

Thank treacle17
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent nearly an hour in the queue, for the same amount of money and time, it’s overpriced and overrated. Personally I’m quite into history but still I found it pretty boring in this museum.

Thank kayyy11
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history that you learn about is incredibly important but it could have been presented in a much more powerful way.

There were no audio guides left so we had to read all of the information. It's A LOT to read, you come away with a huge stack of paper. Some of the information could definitely be more concise.

The videos were a good way to present the information.

Queueing was disorganised.

Overall, a really important part of Hungary's history is in this building and it has so much potential...

Thank NJM1993
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We queued for 40 minutes to enter the museum and had a mixed experience whilst we were there. The museum is unfortunately very badly organised, the staff are most unhelpful and rude (especially the lady working at the sweet stall!) and far too many people are allowed in at the same time.

Our arrival in to the museum was chaotic. Firstly, you queue for ages to get to a ticket desk, you then have to fight your way back through the queue to start the tour. You are then told you can't take any bags (including handbags and small rucksacks) through in to the museum, so you are directed back out and told to go the cloakroom. Inevitably, there are huge groups of people trying to navigate their way around the entrance foyer and ticket desk - completely chaotic and unnecessary.

The museum is respectfully curated and the history is very well presented. The pieces of A4 paper on each room (in different languages) are a good idea and provide you with some further information. There is plenty to see and experience whilst you are there and it is certainly a humbling experience whilst you are walking around.

The temperature once you're inside is very hot - take some water! The amount of people allowed in at anyone time does not help this. You struggled to see some exhibitions due to the sheer volume of people. There are very few places to sit down once you're in the museum.

It's one of those things to do whilst in Budapest, but just be warned for unecessary chaos, high temperatures and lots of people. The staff could certainly make this a better organised experience.

Thank S1805
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the objective of the museum is to share the oppressive sensation the prisoners held and interrogated there must have felt, then the attraction is definitely a five-star experience.

Otherwise, the music, lightning and abundance of information thrown at you is overwhelming. We visited during a period which ch many school classes where visiting the same places. This added somewhat to the chaos and disarray of things.

Both my wife and I felt quite anxious upon leaving the building; it became easy again to breath once outside. Kudos to the museum for helping us understand what it must have been like living in Hungary during those years.

Thank MEN45
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