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“A gem of a museum”

Museum of Music History
Ranked #199 of 443 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: Located in the magnificent Baroque surroundings of the Erdody Palace, this specialty museum traces the history of musical life in Budapest from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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“A gem of a museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Wandering about the Castle area on a wet Saturday, I stumbled across this lovely museum. For a very modest charge, it contained a surprising amount of instruments and information including traditional Hungarian instruments (eg zither etc) and composers such as Liszt and Zoltan Kodaly as well as composers less well known outwith Hungary, such as Ferenc Erkel, the father of Hungarian Opera.

Lots to see and there were PCs in every room with more information or soundclips of the instruments on display.

Well worth a visit regardless of the weather!

Visited April 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Folk Instruments, Bartok and Subtle Guides”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

I stumbled onto this museum by accident while wandering the streets of Castle Hill. For very little money, I was shown into rooms that contained, as the previous reviews mention, folk and historical musical instruments of Hungary, Bartok the Folklorist, a Salon of Medals, historical instruments to play on and many other interesting letters, musical scores, photographs, textiles and to admire. There were two guides who would play from audio excerpts of the historical instruments I was observing as I gazed at the craftsmanship. They were never pushy, but there in the background, truly guiding me as I went from exhibit to exhibit. One of the explained, in Hungarian, the scores and dance writings of Laszlo Lajtha. Even though I don't speak very much Hungarian, I realized what she was trying to show me...something I would have missed if left on my own. I found this museum to be thoughtfully laid out. There were some wonderful prints, photographs and musical scores to be seen. It was a very enjoyable way to spend my time and learn about the cultural history of Hungary. I highly recommend this little visited gem!

Visited March 2014
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Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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“Hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

Museum is situated on the Castle Hill, at Táncsics Mihály utca 7, just 200 meters from The Fishermen's Bastion and Saint-Trinity Square with Matthias Church. Currently the exhibitions occupy eight rooms which are respectively:

1. Folk Musical Instruments in Hungary
2. Bartók the Folklorist
3. Salon of Medals and badges
4. Historical Musical Instruments in Hungary
5. László Lajtha Memorial Exhibition
6. Famous László Lajtha Music Salon brought from his flat at Váci utca.
7. Historical instruments to play on - cimbalom, two pianos, zithers and clavichord
8. Franz Liszt, a series of posters prepared by Maria Eckhardt

All of the exhibitions have a multimedial setting as well. The visitors can listen to the recordings of the exposed instruments and many unique sound documents. A major part of the exposed prints, letters, notes, pictures and other materials are originals owned by the institute. They organize concerts as well for pre-booked groups which all visitors are welcome to join. Concerts are held in the exceptional Béla Bartók Music Hall with a breathtaking panorama of the Pest side and Parliament. In the Hall there is a concert piano owned by Bartók during his Budapest years and made especially for him.

The exhibitions are open to explore individually or with guides (in Hungarian, English, German, Italian or Polish language).

A must for a music lover and anyone interested in Hungarian culture!

Visited July 2013
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“Great place to check out some good recitals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

I went there today to check out the violin recital of 3 students (based on Google translate of their program). It was quite a fun experience. The students were very good, and played a mix of more obscure violin sonatas and popular pieces (Beethoven's violin concerto, Paganini Caprices). All for 600 Forints, this was an hour well spent!

Visited August 2012
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“Budapest Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a tour through the Museum of Music History. Initially I was just tagging along, for I had no knowledge of Classical Music nor much interest. It took but a few minutes to begin an appreciation. I guess I was first drawn in by the history of Franz Listz. And, for sure the knowledge and enthusiasm of the museum guide was very infectious.
This museum appears to be rather smallish at first, but the displays are presented in a well lit non-cramped method. We also did get a performance by the renown pianist Csaba Kiraly. Being a first timer to something like this I was very pleased. To watch him play so emotionally, and the museum guide - whom stood just off his left shoulder - turning the pages of the music with such ver-whelming feeling, was etched into my memory. I am hooked. I would've loved to have stayed longer, but our tour group had to move on. I rated this very good, not because I have a huge knowledge of this, but because it allowed a beginner to appreciate this world. I would definitely return for a longer visit.

Visited June 2012
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