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Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Dohany u. 2, Budapest 1075, Hungary
+36 1 342 8949
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The Hungarian Jewish Museum is located in the heart of Budapest, in the Historical Jewish quarter, within the building complex of the Dohany Street Synagogue that was built in 1859. The idea of an independent Jewish Museum arose in 1909, when our Museum was founded. The first home of the collection made up of approximately 1,500 artefacts was an apartment downtown Budapest. The Jewish Museum found its final home in 1932 at the building designed by Laszlo Vago and Ferenc Farago, which was constructed next to the Dohany street synagogue in a matching architectural style. In 1942 two employees of the Hungarian National Museum hid the valuable artefacts of the Jewish Museum in the cellar. Thanks to their bravery the entire rich collection exists today. The permanent exhibition was rearranged in 2017, displaying the Jewish festivals and lifecycle. Our Milev-App The Milev-app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.
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Dohany u. 2, Budapest 1075, Hungary
District VII / Jewish Quarter
+36 1 342 8949
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It rivals the most beautiful cathedrals. It represents a murdered culture and people. I kept thinking how better and different the world would be had 6 million of us had not been murdered. And then this beautiful tribute they left behind! Stunning!

Thank robert d
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once there were over 400000 Jews in Hungary,now it could be as few as 35000.This exhibition helps remind people of how this came to pass to ensure it never happens again.

Thank wingate
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

The museum is in connection with the great Dohany street synagogue so if you visit the synagogue, do take 30min for the museum, too. There is plenty of information about Jewish traditions and many beautiful artefacts on display. The history of the museum is also...More

Thank lmsk2014
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Whereas the Holocaust Museum way off the town's center tells the sad end of their history, this museum reviews the glory days of Hungarian Jewry, particularly within the Austrian Empire. A must for visitors who want to learn...

Thank GranZorro
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The Great Synagogue and Cemetery are the main attractions, but the museum has an educational flow that most non-Jews will find very informative.

1  Thank Rick B
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This museum was not what I expected. Being attached to the Great Synagogue and the Cemetery (mass grave from Nazi victims), I thought this would be a museum of the holocaust. It is not. The collection pre-dates WW2 and has items dating back to the...More

1  Thank gdtrfb58
Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

Thank you! We hope you really enjoyed your visit! See you again!

Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Upstairs from the synagogue, the national Jewish museum is a good introduction to Jewish traditions and the history during the war. Included in the ticket for the synagogue, not essential though

Thank Guillaume R
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The museum isn't well laid out and items are not well documented at all. There was a way to enter a code to get online information but if you didn't have web access, not sure what you're supposed to do.More

Thank CreateSF
Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

Dear Visitor, Sorry for your experience. I have to tell you, that we have more than 100.000 character-long text documentation via our Mobile-App, including more pictures, sounds etc. The Museum offers free wifi all-over the compound - so you can use our application for free...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017

Overpriced for what it was and the English guide would not even explain to my (Jewish) husband what the Hebrew words were on all the gravestones. Other visitors were also interested as it was on all of them - maybe like RIP? but he refused...More

Thank Soos52
Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

Dear Visitor, Sorry four your experience. The Hebrew characters on the gravestones (ת'נ'צ'ב'ה') are an abbreviation, and refer to a quotation (תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים.) „May his soul be bound in the bundle of life” so you recognized it well, it is almost equivalent...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017

Great place to visit but get a guide to explain to you all little details inside the Jewish Museum, way to many little details that is not on any book

Thank Francis V
District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses
the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and
colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in
an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes
and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic
crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of
the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in
Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly
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Response from Ann C | Reviewed this property |
yes, you do. As per galen w's comments, the Raoul Wallenburg memorial and tree of life are in a courtyard accessed via museum. It is visible from a side street looking thru' fence bars but you won't get the enormity of it... More