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“Emotional and thought provoking!!”

Holocaust Memorial Center
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US$23.79*
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Ranked #32 of 508 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is something that needs to be continued and supported so future generations never forget and learn about the atrocities the war gave us. Emotional and moving accounts, learning of particular families you can help but feel the sorrow after your visit.

1  Thank Fiona H
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

I'll start by saying I do recommend this place, it's historical importance can not be overstated, it has a powerful message future generations need to not forget.

HOWEVER - the exhibitions are showing their age, they need routine checking, many boards are looking tatty with missing letters and interactive displays not working. Some headphones were broken. The roof garden was closed off.
Yes the price is reasonable but it somehow feels wrong that such a emotional part of a cultures past could be neglected. I hope the owners/managers/director spend a day in there and see the work to be done.

5  Thank another-dan368
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This museum lies in southern Pest, and is easily reached by foot or metro. Walking into the courtyard leading to the entrance, the first thing you notice is that the building leans to one side, and straight lines don’t match up. For example the entrance doors are as you would expect, but the walls defining the corridor behind them lean to one side. The whole thing creates quite a discordant effect, and I think that was precisely the purpose, especially considering what happened to the Jewish population in 1944.

The museum entrance is underground and tickets were 1400 HUF (less than £4).

The museum tells the story of what happened to the Jewish and Roma population of the area from the 1800s to just after WW2.

It’s done through a mix of pictures, information boards, newsreels and propaganda films and audio accounts. It very effectively tells of the restrictions placed on those groups, how property was seized, increasing exclusion from public life, and ultimately the mass deportation of 600,000 souls to Auschwitz.

It was interesting to see over how long a period the persecution took place. In particular the displays dealing with the Holocaust are just chilling, and very effectively done. There are a mix of, again, information boards, archive footage of deportations, some of the now infamous pictures taken in Auschwitz by members of the Sonderkommando (poor souls forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria), and other photos from German, and I assume Russian sources (as the Russians liberated the camp in 1945). Some of the pictures, and documentary footage is direct, and might upset some people, but it just tells of the tragic events which took place. Particularly chilling are the accounts from both survivors of the Holocaust, and some who took part in it. In fact, probably the most haunting is the matter of fact way their experiences are recounted.

3  Thank Adrian2753
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We never expected while visiting this museum to see an exhibit featuring a survivor from our hometown, but there she was, Eva Mozes Kor. The museum uses sound, light and darkness very effectively. The staff was very kind and excited when we talked with them about knowing Eva. We found it very interesting that you exited through an active Synagogue.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

The centre is quite modern, and includes numerous displays of text, pictures and movies from the holocaust. Naturally, the exhibition focuses on how the holocaust influenced hungarians, with jewish people and romas in particular. It took me quite a lot of time to read all the plaques of text, so if you're very interested you should plan to have a few hours. I'm a slow reader though, but still - a lot of text. Some pictures and movies shows dead people and other scenery that can be upsetting; and I don't recommend bringing children here.

2  Thank ailingrav
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