Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery( known in Hungarian as Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) is the largest public collection documenting and exhibiting the history and development of Hungarian painting. The permanent collection also represents the past five hundred years of art in Hungary, including Gothic wood sculptures and altarpieces. It is definitely a must see museum with even its garden giving a magnificent panorama view of Budapest.

In 1975 the Museum moved to its current location, the former Royal Palace of Buda but it has operated as an independent institution since 1957. In 1957, the new institution included approximately 6000 paintings, 2100 sculptures, 3100 medals, 11,000 drawings, and 5000 prints. Its collections cover Hungarian art in all genres, including the many nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hungarian artists who worked in Paris and other locations in the West. The exposition is divided into several sections – Middle Ages and Renai ssance stone sculpture, Gothic art, late Gothic altars, Renaissance and Baroque art, 19th century painting, photography and graphical art, as well as contemporary art.

A few years after the transition, permanent collections were created. In 1879, two exhibitions ‘Panel Paintings and Wooden Sculptures from the Mediaeval Period’ and ‘Baroque Art in Hungary’ were opened. And in 1989, the crypt of the Habsburg palatines was opened to the public. There were several other exhibitions opened in between then such as the ‘Mediaeval and Renaissance Stone Carvings’. Besides the permanent exhibitions you’ll also find that there are temporary exhibitions available to increase variety.

The museum is a fun, perfect way to spend a rainy day warm inside or even to avoid the hot weather in the summer. Either way, the Hungarian national gallery is a great visit and it even offers tours in foreign languages; English, French and German.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Monday: Closed

Entrance fees:
Adult: HUF 1,200
Temporary exhibition
Adult: HUF 1,200-2,400

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Tours on which you will see the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

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