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Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle
Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle by T. Quine

Museum of Military History

Being packed with military memorabilia, loaded with weaponry and bringing battle scenes to life an exciting and fun family day for all is guaranteed in the Institute and Museum of Military History.

The museum contains collections relating to Hungary’s military history from the medieval times to the world wars and beyond and also displays impressive series of weaponry, uniforms, armour, flags, and coins.

Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle
Museum of Military History in Buda Castle

In addition to the story of Hungary’s history of warfare, there are some cannons by the entrance in the beautiful courtyard along with a few cannonballs in the wall (dating back to the Revolutions of 1848-49) and there is an outdoor statue and memory park providing a magnificent view on the River Danube.

The institution is also a research centre with a library and archives, housing national and international conferences, events.


Although originally built as an army barrack in the 1830s, the museum itself was established in the early 1920s with the aim to research, organise, systematise and exhibit the artefacts of both universal and Hungarian military history and to house military items.

Not surprisingly, the building itself was damaged during WWII and, unfortunately, much of its contents was destroyed.

Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle
Military Museum Budapest / T Quine

The exhibits focus particularly on the 1848–49 War of Independence and the Hungarian Royal Army under the command of Admiral Miklos Horthy (1918–43).

One of the most grievous collection describes and displays the events of the Revolution of 1956, a nationwide uprising against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet  friendly policies, lasting for less than a month and bloodily suppressed by the Soviet troops.


Opening hours

Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle
Institute and Museum of Military History in Buda Castle

Tue – Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Closed on Mondays


Full price: HUF 1,500
Students/seniors: HUF 750
Family ticket: HUF 3,000

Address: 2-4 Kapisztran Square, Budapest 1014
Phone: +36 (1) 325-1600

Recommended from age 6+


  1. Dear sir or madam,
    My name is Maria Koutra and I am from Greece. On Tuesday 2 May 2017, my family and I visited the Museum of Military History.
    We loved your city and your museum. As we watched the exhibits, my son who is eleven years old, forgot his hat in the museum. We bought his hat from your city and on it was written the name of your city which is Budapest. So my son is very sad.
    If you found the hat and if you could sent it to me, I would be very grateful.
    My address is
    Agias Sofias 94
    Thessaloniki 54634
    Thank you in advance.

    Yours faithfully
    Maria Koutra

  2. I am a collector and researcher of European enameled orders of decoration. I live in the USA. How might I see pictures online of your collection of medals? Thanks

  3. I am a photo editor for World War II magazine, based here in the US. I’m looking for historic images from the Dec. 1944 siege of Budapest. I’m hoping that you might have some sort of archives, and have images that I’m looking for. Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convienence.

    Thank you so much!

  4. Hello, my name is Michelle Dolin, I live in the U.S. I have pictures of an army passbook that was my great grandfather’s. I was hoping to see if someone could translate it for me (there are four pages total that I have copies of). Also, could you offer me direction in finding any of his military records or if that is even available? Any assistance would be greatly appreciate. Thank you.

  5. Hi,
    What are the rules regarding bags? Does the military history museum have a cloakroom, or are backpacks allowed?
    Thanks, Alexia

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