The Palace of Arts in Budapest, also known as MUPA for short (Muveszetek Palotaja), is one of the most buzzing cultural and musical centres in Budapest, and as such one of the liveliest Budapest attractions. There are high quality jazz, classical music, world music, opera, ballet, folk music, contemporary dance, etc. performances almost every day, so it is well worth taking a look at the daily programmes of the Palace of Arts, and book a ticket online in advance.
Think of the Palace of Arts as a cultural complex, which includes the Festival Theatre, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall and the Ludwig Museum. All three wrapped into one fascinating contemporary building with superb acoustics, great halls, the exquisite mixture of lights and shadows, etc.
The cultural hub opened its gates in 2005 on the river Danube Embankment, by the modern Rakoczi Bridge. MUPA’s functionality and flexibility due to the 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard and of various dimensions (the building is also highly scaleable).
Cultural Events at the Palace of Arts, Budapest
What kind of cultural events can you see at the Palace of Arts? MUPA offers the following options (you can also filter your search for them in the search box on the right side):
- Classical Music
- Jazz (e.g. Jazz Spring)
- World Music
- Pop Music
- Folk Music
- Ballet (mostly Hungarian ballet performances by the Gyor, Szeged Ballet Companies)
- Contemporary Dance (mostly Hungarian, like the Yvette Bozsik Company)
- Folk Dance in a 21st century spirit (e.g. the Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble, Bihari Folk Dance Ensemble)
- Fin Art Exhibitions (contemporary arts)
- Film screening at the MUPA Cinema
- Children activities
- Matinee concerts
- Baby music (Rhymetime, Singing along songs with babies )
- Playtime creative games
Miscellaneous info about the Palace of Arts, MUPA Budapest
- MUPA Budapest is a non-smoking building.
- Public areas at MUPA can be entered freely during opening hours. Besides, there are free guided tours at the Palace of Arts, Budapest to see and learn about the excellent contemporary palace and its fantastic organ. Here are more details about the free guided tours at the Budapest Palace of Arts (MUPA).
- No recording of performances is allowed.
- Latecomers will not be allowed to take up their seats until after the interval.
- WiFi covers all foyer areas, as well as the Glass Room and P’Art Coffee House terrace
- Places to eat and drink at the Palace of Arts, MUPA: there is a nice restaurant and a cafe. See more info on dining at MUPA, Budapest Palace of Arts.
- There are cloakrooms at the Palace of Arts for your convenience. Their use is not compulsory, but they request that winter coats, umbrellas, large bags and rucksacks be deposited in the cloakroom as they can restrict movement between seats.
- Every weekday afternoon there are free concerts at the Palace of Arts, Budapest MUPA
Tickets Online at the Palace of Arts, Budapest
How to buy tickets at the Palace of Arts, Budapest?
You can order tickets via the official website of the Palace of Arts (MUPA at mupa.hu) by picking the programme you like, scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the yellow Ticketing button. This will redirect you to the mupa.jegy.hu website by showing the ticketing map of the concert halls. Click on the seats you like (prices appear by hovering above the little green squares, i.e. the available seats. Then click on the yellow To Basket button, see if the price and performance are OK, and hit Payment (or Back). Then you will be informed that no booking / reservation is possible, if you click on payment again, it will mean an actual purchase, that you buy the tickets. If you accept the terms (clicking in the white square at the bottom), you will finally get to the actual ticket payment page with the bank card / credit card info.
Note: students can buy so called ‘standing tickets’ for concerts in the Bartok Bela National Concert Hall, and the Festival Theatre for the discount price of HUF 500 by showing their student identity card one hour before the concert. One ticket per student ID card. These discount tickets at the Palace of Arts can only be bought personally, not online.
Opening Hours at the Palace of Arts, Budapest
All week (from Mon to Sun): 10 am to 8 pm
The Palace of Arts is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and of course until the performances finish.
Read our detailed Getting to the Budapest Palace of Arts guide at How to get to the Palace of Arts, MUPA Budapest?