National Gallery Budapest

The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) is one of the top museums in Budapest, Hungary. “The Hungarian National Gallery is an overwhelming collection spread across four floors that traces Hungarian art from the 10th century to the present.” (Lonely Planet) “With a collection of over 10,000 art objects, this museum is not for the cultural faint of heart. […] Hungarian artists have produced some outstanding work, particularly the period for which they are most famous, the late 19th century.” (Frommer’s)

Pal Szinyei Merse Skylark, 1882 - Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Pal Szinyei Merse Skylark, 1882 – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Hungarian National Gallery

The gallery is on the hilly Buda side of Budapest, in the Castle District up on the Castle Hill. While the Museum of Fine Arts in Heroes’ square features the works of artists from all over Europe, the Hungarian National Gallery displays various collections made by Hungarian painters, sculptors, etc. There are approximately 6000 paintings, 2100 sculptures, 3100 medals, 11,000 drawings, and 5000 prints.

On the one hand, Hungarian National Gallery is one of the top attractions recommended by the US News Travel magazine (number 2 on the top ten things to do in Budapest list). On the other hand, interestingly enough, travellers’ websites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet seem to put it way low on the Budapest things to do lists (#54 of 158 Attractions in Budapest in the TripAdvisor list, and #206 of 636 things to do in Budapest in the Lonely Planet list), but if you like art and are interested in Hungarian fine arts, this is your place.

True, most of the tourists going to Budapest seem to prefer to go to baths and restaurants rather than spend sunny summer days in cool art museums. Even the single most important art museum, the Museum of Fine Arts is way down below the  TripAdvisor list based on tourists’ votes: #48 of 158 Attractions in Budapest (Ludwig Museum taking away the best position by #30 of 158 Attractions in Budapest).

Admission Fees
Permanent Exhibitions: 1000 HUF
Temporary exhibitions (combined with admission to permanent exhibitions): 2000 HUF
Free admission on national holidays: 15th March; 20th August; 23rd October
Address:
Szent Gyorgy ter, Buda Castle , Wing C
Disz ter 17 Budapest

How to get there?
Bus 10 from Szell Kalman Square or 16 from Deak Square to Castle Hill.
Alternatively, you can take the funicular railway at the bottom of Castle hill from Clark Adam Square.

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (Mon closed), the gallery ticket offices close at 5pm

Official Website: http://www.mng.hu

Reviews of Hungarian National Gallery (excerpts)

“In this splendid art museum ,the works of art are listed in English as well as Hungarian and this art museum exhibuts its works in a very appealing manner.Personal favorites were;Syrinyei Merse Pal'”Skylark”,Tivador Csontary Kostka’s”Greek Theatre in Taormina”,and Josef Rippl-Ronai’s”Models” (tourist feedback on TripAdvisor)

“The Hungarian National Gallery (if this is the art museum on Castle Hill) – has interesting and impressive works by artists we had seen nowhere else (and we, too, are avid art museum visitors) – made us realize how western-euro-centered our art history background is. (Do watch your step on the museum’s most highly polished and slippery marble floors).” (tourist feedback on Fodor’s)

 

Karoly Ferenczy - Boys Throwing Pebbles into the River,  1890 - Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Karoly Ferenczy – Boys Throwing Pebbles into the River, 1890

 

Lajos Deak-Ebner: Fifine, 1875 - Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Lajos Deak-Ebner: Fifine, 1875 – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

 

Hungarian National Gallery Budapest

Hungarian National Gallery Budapest – photo by Jaime Silva

Karoly Kernstock, Riders on a river bank (1910):

Karoly Kernstock, Riders on a river bank - National Gallery Budapest

Karoly Kernstock, Riders on a river bank – photo by Jaime Silva