Even if you are not interested in the history of agriculture in Hungary (we understand, no offense taken), the building complex of the museum is so special and fascinating that it is well worth visiting the museum for its architecture, romantic atmosphere. And also for its festivals, like the summer concert series or the winter Christmas Market in Vajdahunyad Castle.
The Museum is situated in the City Park, close to Heroes’ Square and a bunch of Budapest attractions like the Szechenyi Baths, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthalle, the Giant Hourglass Monument, the 1956 Monument, the Budapest Zoo, etc. See attractions near Vajdahunyad Castle.
Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, Budapest
The Museum of Agriculture is in fact the biggest museum of agriculture in Europe. The building where the museum resides is called the Castle of Vajdahunyad merging different architectural styles by featuring details of well-known buildings of historical Hungary. The building was erected in 1896 originally for the Millennial Exhibition (to celebrate the 1000 year old history of Hungarians in 1896 in the Carpathian basin), and it has been used to host the museum of agriculture once the temporary wooden-cardboard structure was rebuilt as a permanent building. More about the history of Vajdahunyad Castle here.
The permanent exhibitions in Vajdahunyad Castle, of the Museum of Agriculture, include amazing handcrafted items arranged in a still life focusing on the following branches of agriculture: House animals, Hunting, Forestry, the History of Hungarian agriculture (from the beginnings till 1945), Hungarian wines in Europe, Hungarian fishing, Nature reserves and protection in Hungary, Plants and Nature Preservation. Some of the recent temp exhibitions were offering a deeper insight into Horses and Horse breeding, Optical illusions (the secrets of the mind and the human eye), Hungarian Handmade Masterpieces (clothes, accessories, etc.)
Miscellaneous info about the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture:
Unfortunately many of the items displayed at the permanent exhibitions in the museum (Magyar Mezogazdasagi Muzeum) are not interactive, but the displays themselves are really nice. Recent temporary exhibitions are designed with lots of interactive items and workshops for children to get them really involved.
There is a small buffet in the museum with some snacks and drinks.
Tue – Sun 10am – 5pm (closed on Mondays)
special opening times in winter (1 November – 31 March): Tue – Sun 10am – 4pm, Sat-Sun 10am – 5pm
a bargain of 1100 HUF for adults, and 550 HUF for students, while family tickets are HUF 3500 (photo tickets are pricey though: 5,000 HUF)
Free visits to the Museum on 15th March; 20th August; 23rd October
1146 Budapest, Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár
Last updated: February 2013