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“Can't exactly be discribed as enjoyable but a very interesting museum.”

House of Terror Museum
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
Reviewed 19 October 2011

A museum dedicated to the Hungarians who died during the 1956 uprising & charts both Nazi & Soviet occupations. The lay out of the exhibits (some have english explainations but not all) in rooms throughout the building take you in a logical progression & each room has a fact sheet that can be taken away to read at leisure. Video interviews (some subtitled) from people effected are dispursed throughout, some very moving. All in all a very interesting visit all about 60-90 mins. NB there is also a pleasant cafe on site.

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Reviewed 18 October 2011

I didn't fully understand what Hungary had gone through from the Nazis and the Arrow Cross to the sick communist regime-its all shocking and terrible. The museum is a combination of history, theatre, interactive experience and education. It seems inappropriate to say the museum is really good-because it is actually really awful. I came away feeling lucky that I was born in the United States and a sincere sympathy for the horror and terror the people of Budapest and much of Europe endured. These are the original terrorists and we have to be educated on what has happened to prevent it from ever happening again. I highly recommend this museum-you just have to prepare yourself for the shock you'll experience.

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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Highly recommend the English audio tour. You can pick up a lengthy essay at each room and sit and read but the audio tour allows you to explore while listening to the story. Horrific but fascinating history of the Hungarian people, it gave me a nightmare that night.

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Reviewed 17 October 2011

For anyone wanting to know what it was like to be Hungarian living under Nazi and Communist regimes this is an essential visit. As the guide book says “The museum commemorates the victims of terror, but it is also a memento, reminding us of the dreadful acts of terrorist dictatorships”. We were both deeply moved by the personal stories, videos and reading / hearing about the lives and deaths of ordinary Hungarians. Reconstructed cells where people were held and tortured, with photographs of victims, are difficult to bear. Detailed English explanations are available for all rooms / displays. We came out saddened and depressed, and wiser, but shamed that we knew so little about what Hungary experienced from the early 1900s to 1990. Make sure you have ID as there are big discounts for EU citizens.

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Reviewed 12 October 2011

I would NOT recommend this museum to anyone visiting budapest it is a waste of your time and money. My reasons for this are - nothing is translated into english!!!! in each room there is an A4 piece of paper this is the only english information you get, so really you could just read a book instead of going to this museum and get more information.
The information displayed is a total white wash of the role Hungry played from 1920 to end of World War 2. There is hardly any information on the Holocaust victims or World War 2, most of the information is on the soldiers and the soviets.
This museum is a tourist trap and the first exhibition room is like a bad MTV music video, from here on the rest of the museum (if you can call it that) is a disapointment.

I would say to anyone who has been to this museum and disagrees with what I have writtern visit the Holocaust Memorial Center - address Pava Str 39, Budapest, it costs less to get in, has more information, everything is translated in to english and tells the true stories of the victims and the role hungry played in the war.

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