Budapest History Museum Paintings
Budapest History Museum Paintings

Budapest History Museum

The exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum focus on the turbulent history of the 2000 years of the city now known as Budapest: what the once separate towns of Buda, Pest and Obuda were like. You can visit the museum free of charge with the Budapest Card.

Historical Budapest

Life before 1873 when Buda and Pest were united, life during the Habsburg monarchy when Austrian noblemen ruled over Hungarians, and after the Compromise creating the Austro-Hungarian Empire with some power equilibrium. Much of the exhibits were lost in WW2, but you will still see many interesting items on display to feel the splendour of the Castle.

Budapest History Museum Exhibits
Budapest History Museum Exhibits

The items on display vary from photos, furniture, everyday tools, clothes, books, graphics and more, but one thing is common is that they all somehow reflect life in Buda and Pest aka Budapest throughout the various ages and styles.

If you like history, and like Budapest too, the Budapest History Museum (Budapest Torteneti Muzeum) is an ideal place to visit in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill.

Buda Castle History Middle Ages
Buda Castle History Middle Ages

The Museum is open on many bank holidays, but closed on Mondays. During Festival days (Crafts Festival, Wine Festival, etc.) a special festival entry is needed to approach the museum, where the festival entry includes the price of the museum entry. The Festival entry prices are approximately in the range of the museum ticket prices, depending on the festival theme.

Opening Hours

Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
(all year round)

Christmas Opening Hours
Recommended from 6+
Free admission on national holidays
(15 March, 20 Aug, 23 Oct)
and for ICOM card holders


Adults: 2400 HUF
Visitors aged 6-26: 1200 HUF
Visitors aged 65-70: 1200 HUF

Audio guide: 1200 HUF (Currently not available)

Address: 2 Szent Gyorgy Square Budapest 1014
Phone: +36-1-487-8854

A new entrance was opened to the Budapest History Museum leading the way in the Royal Cellar in 2014. The new entrance allows access to visitors coming  from the Castle Garden Bazaar (Varkert Bazar) via the moving staircase or elevator from the Bazaar, and from the Savoy terrace in front of the National Gallery through the palace garden.

Medieval Buda Castle Exhibition

King Matthias Coat of Arms Buda Castle History Museum
Coat of Arms Buda Castle

Some of the fine displays from the Middle Ages are the coats of arms of medieval ruling and aristocratic families on carved stones and stove tiles. Detailed information of each period of the Buda Castle is provided on touch-screen displays. You can learn about the various ruling families of the Buda Palace, including portraits, seals, coins, coasts of arms in pictures and through interesting anecdotes and legends.

Visitors can see the fine books of the royal libraries, like Matthias Corvinus’ library from the Renaissance period, the medieval latrine, the accommodation of the castle guards or a stone carving workshop, and artistically painted constellations (King Matthias loved astrology).


Budapest History Museum – Exhibitions

This is a nice ad teaser for an exhibition which showed the life of citizens in Buda in the 19th century:

Special Festival Events – Opening Hours

The opening hours of the Budapest History Museum are affected by some of the greatest national festivals taking place in the Buda Castle, such as the Festival of Crafts and the Wine Festival around Aug 20 and early September (typically between Sept 6-10, depending on which days are on the weekend).
Ticket holders of the Wine Festival can visit the permanent exhibitions of the History Museum free of charge.
Last updated: Jan, 2022


  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Do you have reduced ticket prices for school. We want to visit the museum on Octobre 3rd with a group of 30, 27 students and 3 teachers? Can we make reservations?

    Thanks in advance.
    Kind regards,

    E. Aytekin

    • Dear E. Aytekin,
      thank you for your inquiry.
      We will soon be in touch with you regarding your group quote via email. Thank you for your patience.

  2. Hello,

    I will be visiting the museum on July 14th, but I would like to know if it is possible to buy tickets on advance online.

    Thank you for your help!

    Best Regards,

    Mr. Jorge B.

    • Dear Jorge,
      unfortunately it is not possible to buy Museum tickets online in advance, only on the spot. Thank you for your understanding.

  3. Hello,

    My name is Filipa and I am planning a trip to Budapest in September.
    I would like to know where and at what time can I purchase the tickets to the museum?

    Thank you in advance,

  4. Good morning, do you have reduced tickets for disabled people or free entrance for a companion

    • Dear Maria Alicia,
      thank you for your inquiry.
      Disabled people and their companions (1 companion per person) can visit the Budapest History Museum free of charge.

  5. Dear staff of the Budapest History Museum,

    My name is Ana and I am organizing a field trip to Budapest for an international high school from Skopje, Macedonia. The the topic of the trip are the Austro-Turkish wars, the Ottoman period, and its cultural legacy in Budapest. We are going to visit your museum on the 21 of March. Would you be able to organize a guided tour for us with focus on the above-mentioned periods and events? There are 33 students and three chaperones in the group. If this is possible, would you be able to tell us the cost of the tickets and whether we can purchase them online?

    Thank you very much in advance,


  6. Hello,

    I’ d like to ask you about the opening hours of the Budapest history museum on 15th of March.

    Thanks in advance,


  7. Dear madam/sir,

    Is there a ticket that we can buy so we can enter into different museums in buda castle please?


    • Hello Diana,

      thank you for your comment.

      Tickets are needed to be bought separately when entering the museums in the Buda Castle area.

      I hope I could be of help.

  8. Andrea Gendiarova

    Good day,
    we would like to visit Budapest History Museum with our pupils on 6. June 2018. Could you please tell me how much we will pay for tickets? We are a group of 33 pupils ( 15 years old) and two teachers.
    How much time do we need to spend there? I need to know that, so I can organize our other activities.
    It is possible to make reservation for certain hour?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Andrea,

      thank you for your inquiry.

      We will soon send you an email to your email address. Thank you for your patience.

  9. Sarah O'Malley

    What is the entrance fee for visitors over 70 years? Also does the pensioner rate apply to visitors outside the EU? My parents are from New Zealand. My father had an Irish Grandmother and could apply for Irish citizenship if he wanted to. My mother has great-grandparents from Scotland and Ireland. I am not sure how pensioner discounts work in Hungary?

    • Dear Sarah,
      the entry to the Budapest History Museum is free for over 70 EU citizens.
      Non-EU citizens can purchase senior tickets for HUF 1,000 /HUF 1,200 (low/high season).

  10. Sebastian Siński


    Does Budapest card affords a free entry? I can’t find any information about that.
    Best regards, Sebastian

    • Hello Sebastian,

      thank you for your email.

      Entry to the Buda Castle District is free.

      The 2 free Budapest Walking tours that comes with your Budapest Card proves that your card is really a 2 in 1 Budapest tourist card & travel pass.
      Meeting time and location of Buda Walking tour: 2 pm at the Holy Trinity Statue near the Matthias Church in the Buda Castle District, Holy Trinity Square, 1014 Budapest

      Have a great time in Budapest.

  11. Hi,

    Is the museum open on 16th August 2018?


  12. Hello

    I was wondering if the Budapest History Museum has a exhibition about the History of Budapest itself and if it will be open on the first of November. Thank you in advance!


    • Dear Lore,
      yes, the Budapest History Museum has a permanent exhibition about the history of the capital. The Museum will be open on Nov 1.

  13. Hello:

    My family and I are planning a trip to Budapest in August and I was wonder if there were a lot of steps to enter and access different parts of the Castle/Museum/Gallery. My parents are 71 and it is difficult for them to climb too many steps. Are there elevators/escalators that make it easier to access one level from another?

    Thank you,
    Future Traveler

    • Hello Vincent,

      the magnificent Buda Castle is located on top of the Castle Hill on the Buda side of the river Danube. Despite the elevated location, it is very easily accessible on foot, or by public transport.

      You can walk up there, or use an elevator and you can also access the Buda Castle by public transportation.

      Please find more on the topic on:

      Have a great time in Buda Castle.

  14. A bit dissapointed you had almost nothing about Barbara Celjska even though she was Sigimund’s wife and the Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Hungary

  15. Good morning,

    I’m planning to visit your museum with my customers, about 40-45 adults, 9th of November 2019. Can you please tell me what will be the price per person. Do you have any Polish speaking guide? What is the price for a guide and how long the tour will take? Can you please tell me about the price of parking for our bus? I have to include all these in my calculation.

    Thank you so much,


  16. Ive been researching the Cuman/Kunok/Kipchak people who fled from central asia to Hungary in the Middle ages. Do any of your exhibits contain information on them? If not can you point me in the direction of a museum in Budapest that does?

    • Dear Cody,
      Thank you for contacting us regarding exhibitions in Budapest History Museum, Hungary.
      Please contact the Museum directly at

      Hope we could help. We wish you a successful research!

  17. Michał Kamiński

    Hi !
    This is Michał Kamiński.
    I represent Polish scouts from Zakopane.
    There will be from 4 to 7 students, aged 17-23.
    We will be visiting Budapest between 17-27.07.2021.
    I wonder if we could get any discounts sightseeing the Royal Castle of Budapest ?
    I’m waiting for a reply.
    Thank you in advance.
    Michał Kamiński

  18. Hello,

    I am visiting Budapest and I want to visit museums with medieval silk textiles in the collections. How can I find out if there are any medieval silk textiles at Buda Castle Museum? Is there a collection database available, or a curator I can contact?

    Many thanks,

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