Budapest Museum of Music History Buda Castle
Museum of Music History

Museum of Music History

The small, but utterly captivating Museum of Music History in the Buda Castle District will take you through the Hungarian music history highlights, Franz Liszt, Kodaly, Bartok. There are frequent concerts in the Museum, which can be visited free of charge with the museum entry.

Museum of Music History

Museum of Music History Budapest Buda Castle
Museum of Music History

The Museum of Music History (aka the Institute for Musicology), as its name suggests, tells the story of music in Hungary from the 18th century to the present days in several exhibition rooms through recitals, sheet musics and original scores. The museum is housed in a magnificent courtyard near the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church.

All the exhibitions have a multimedia setting as well, therefore visitors are able to listen to the recordings of the exposed instruments making this place a great experience for anyone with even a slight interest in music.

Museum of Hungarian Music History Buda Castle Budapest Piano
Museum of Hungarian Music History Piano

A highlight of this museum exhibits the recording gramophone used by Hungarian composers Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly to capture the authentic folk music of many nations living together the Carpathian basin, influencing each other’s musical heritage (Hungarian, Szekler, Transylvanian, Romanian, Slovakian, etc.).
The unique and very impressive collection of original scores, programs, books and historical musical instruments are all numerically labeled, some in English.
The emphasis is on Hungarian music, which is rich in folk traditions and covers a wide spectrum from the rhapsodies of Liszt and the compositions of Bartok and Kodaly to Hungarian Gipsy music.

History of the Museum of Music History

The Museum is part of the Music Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Institute was established in 1974 amalgamating the classical and folk music researches of the Academy. In 1984 the Museum got its new place in the 18th century Erdody-Hatvany Palace in the Buda Castle, presenting the music legacies of several outstanding characters in the history of Hungarian music, e.g. most recently, in 2014 Erno Dohnanyi’s Legacy – thanks to Seán Ernst McGlynn, Dohnanyi’s grandchild – was moved to Hungary from Florida US. The Hungarian composer’s special collection enriched the museum’s collection with beautiful musical exhibits, documents, tape recordings, letters and more.
Opening hours:

Museum of Hungarian Music History Harp Buda Castle Budapest
Museum of Hungarian Music History Harp

Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Closed on Mondays, 23-26 December, 30 December and 1 January


Adult: 1000 HUF
Child / Student / Senior Citizens: 500 HUF
Discounts for families and Budapest Card holders
Free for Children under 6 and ICOM Card holders
Free Entry on historical national holidays: March 15, Aug 20, Oct 23

50% Discount with Budapest Card

Address: 7 Tancsics Mihaly Street, Budapest, District I, H-1014
Telephone: +36-1-214-6770


  1. Irina Mihailescu

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I own a beautiful, Hungarian Mogyoróssy Gyula piano that I think would perfectly fit into the musical instruments’ collection of your museum. If you are interested to discuss about an acquisition offer, please contact me.
    It is a half-tail piano made by producer and collector Mogyoróssy Gyula in Hangszergyár Budapest at the beginning of the 20th century. As you know, the factory had become the biggest one producing musical instruments in the 1930’s. It was closed after the World War II bombings.
    The piano is functional and in great shape. I used to play on it back in my 8 years of piano studies, but then I chose another profession and I believe it deserves more than to just sit in an apartment. It is a wonderful instrument of high quality: massive mahogany wood, bronze plate, 88 ivory keys, 2 pedals (sustain & piano), round legs, complete & original components. You can review photos of it here:
    And a demo here:

    Looking forward for your answer and, again, I think it would be a great addition to your music museum.
    Thank you!
    Irina Mihailescu

    • Hello Irina,

      thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, we only manage online reservations. Please contact the museum directly.

      Thank you for your cooperation.

  2. Could you please advise me on how to contact a scholarly researcher in the Music History Department at the Music History Museum in Buda — someone who could advise me about the following image:

    Military exercises in Esterhaza Castle courtyard (in conjunction with Prince Anton Esterhazy’s installation in 1791)
    HUNGARY – JANUARY 16: Military exercises in Esterhaza Castle courtyard in Fertod. Detail. Hungary, 18th century. Budapest, Zenetorteneti Muzeum (Music History Museum)

    I would be interested in obtaining a high resolution copy of this image (600 dpi) for use in a forthcoming publication.

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Professor Caryl Clark
    University of Toronto

  3. Fans of Music History


    You’re open between Thursday 7th of and Sunday 10th of June from 10 A.M. to 4. P.M.?

    How many hours should we have to explore the whole museum?

    • Hello

      Opening hours of the Museum of Music History:

      Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
      Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
      Thursday: 10am – 4pm
      Friday: 10am – 4pm
      Saturday: 10am – 4pm
      Sunday: 10am – 4pm
      Closed on Mondays.

      I would think 1-2 hours are needed to explore the museum.

  4. Hello,
    We would like to visit National Gallery and Museum of Music History . Can we buy tickets just for these two museums at the enterance?
    Thank you.

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