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Hungarian National Gallery in Castle District, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery in Castle District by F.H

Hungarian National Gallery in Budpest

The building of the National Gallery – located in several wings of the Buda Castle – is a stunning piece of art, as are the views over the city and the river Danube from the Dome terrace. See the masters of Hungarian fine arts offering insights into the history of Hungary, every-day life and rural landscapes through beautiful paintings.

There is also a collection of masterpieces of international art. Every information board on each display is written in English, and a free English guide is also frequently available offered by volunteers. The Gallery has a nice Gift Shop and a Cafe.

Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle
Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle by D. Entwistle

The paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries are probably some of the most favoured items on display as they visualise the turbulent history of the Hungarian nation dramatically presenting the years of the Turkish occupation immediately followed by the Austrian occupation.
Art lovers can easily spend here half a day, some wishing to return, but the exhibitions are intriguing to lay persons too through the wonderful arts. You can take pictures in the Gallery with a photo permit (the permit is very cheap).

History

Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle by Jenni Konrad

The Hungarian National Gallery was established in 1957 with the aim of presenting the Hungarian art from the settlement of the Magyars in the 10th century, through medieval ages, until the present day. This overwhelming collection – 6000 paintings, 2100 sculptures, 3100 medals, 11,000 drawings, and 5000 prints – can be found in the A, B, C and D buildings of the Buda Castle, including nearly a hundred thousand artefacts in chronological order dating from the 10th century until the present days. This rich collection was moved to the Buda Castle in 1975, and became a highlight of the museums in Budapest.

Permanent Exhibitions

Until 2018, when the Museum of Fine Arts reopens again, a selection of top tier international artworks, like a statue of Rodin or paintings by Monet and Gauguin, are housed in the Hungarian National Gallery.

The Hungarian national Gallery’s permanent exhibitions show the development of Hungarian fine are over centuries, from the Middle Ages to Modern ages.

The displays include Medieval and Renaissance stone carvings, winged altarpieces, fragments and wood carvings from the Gothic period, monumental works, fresco sketches recalling the richness of Baroque ecclesiastical art, as well as significant works and paintings from the 19th century Historical Romanticism.

Woman Carrying Fagott by Mihály Munkácsy. Hungarian National Gallery
Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle by BriYYZ

A separate room contains the works of Mihaly Munkacsy.

He was an internationally known celebrity of his time, whose works fetch record prices at auctions (the most expensive was a staggering HUF 75 million / approx €236,000).

His well-known oil painting, Woman carrying faggots is from 1873.

Dome Terrace – Views form National Gallery

The Dome Terrace is a great place to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Pest side of the city and the river Danube.

The sights you can enjoy are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and can be best appreciated from the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Citadel atop Gellert Hill, the Dome of the National Gallery and from the many river cruises in Budapest, which go day and night with bustling boats, dinner cruises and sightseeing tours.

The Dome Terrace is free to visit with the Gallery entry, and is open from 10 am to 4.45 pm. Unfortunately, the Dome is closed in bad weather.

Opening Hours in National Gallery

The opening hours are subject to change, these are the regular opening times and days:
Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm (entry until 5 pm only)
Mondays: Closed
Occasionally, for certain temporary exhibitions, like the 2016 Picasso exhibition in the summer, the Gallery stays open on Mondays (only the temporary exhibitions, not the permanent exhibitions)
Entry is allowed until 5 pm (with pre-purchased or free tickets as well)

Cashier: Tue-Sun: 10 am – 5 pm
Shop: Tue-Sun: 10 am – 5.45 pm
Cafe: Tue-Sun: 10 am – 5.45 pm

Recommended from 6+

Tickets in National Gallery

Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle Budapest
National Gallery / Photo by D. Entwistle

Permanent exhibitions:
Full price: HUF 1,800 per Adult
Discount price: HUF 900 per Student / Senior Citizen
Audio guide: HUF 800

Free admission on national holidays:
15 March, 20 Aug, 23 Oct

On historical national holidays the admission is free of charge for EU citizens to the National Gallery.

Please note, that the default ticket entitles visitors to see all the permanent exhibitions, but temporary exhibitions require a special entry (prices vary depending on the content of the temporary exhibitions). This also applies to Budapest Card free entries to the National Gallery (to permanent exhibitions only)

Address: 2 Szent Gyorgy Square Budapest 1014. Buda Castle District 1

7 comments

  1. Hello,

    I am planning a trip to Budapest with a group of friends and we wish to visit the National Gallery in September.

    My question is how can we get a “free English guide is also frequently available offered by volunteers” as you describe? Do we have to schedule it or are there any tours in certain hours?

    Also, some of my friends turned 25 years old in 2017, but they are still students. Can they purchase tickets with student discount if they present their International Student ID card?

    Thank you in advance.

    Kindly awaiting your response,
    Filipa

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