Memento Park is an open-air museum in Budapest, dedicated to monumental statues from Hungary's Communist period (1949–1989). There are statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as several Hungarian Communist leaders. The park was designed by Hungarian architect Ákos Eleőd, who won the competition announced by the Budapest General Assembly in 1991.

Memento Park is divided into two sections: Statue Park, officially named “A Sentence About Tyranny” Park after a poem of the same name by Gyula Ilyés, and Witness Square (also called 'Neverwas Square'). Statue Park houses 42 of the statues that were removed from Budapest after the fall of communism. Witness Square holds a replica of Stalin's Boots which became a symbol of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 after the statue of Stalin was pulled down from its pedestal in 1956.

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Founded: 1991
Category: Museums in Hungary

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Daniel (15 months ago)
Fascinating place where all the Communist era statues ended up after the regime fell. It gives you an amazing sense of how Soviet the city must have looked before. An excellent idea to preserve them here as a reminder of those times.
Damon Lesjack (15 months ago)
Great collection/reminders of a pivotal time in the history of Hungary and how it ties in with the history of Europe and politics of the world. Tons of freaky authentic souvenirs from back in the day. Posters, postage stamps, post cards, pins, mock coffee mugs. Even a car sitting outside rotting away.
Joseph Hatch (2 years ago)
For history buffs interested in life under the old communist regime; this is an interesting outdoor museum showcasing some of the most popular statues and monuments that would have been found around Budapest. Many of the monuments are replicas, but there are a few originals. I recommend finding a tour with transportation since this is a bit outside the city center. Also, it was very interesting having a tour guide that was able to describe what it was like for them growing up during the Soviet era. There are bathrooms and a small gift shop. I recommend bringing a snack or eating before you go. If you have a few extra minutes after touring the grounds, try walking around Lenin's boots outside the gate to find the "secret" exhibition.
Eden Armstrong (2 years ago)
Beautiful open air museum. They sell Hungarian Revolution books that I highly recommend. If you buy the book your admission is included and you can see both sides, the honor of the communist past but also get a glimpse into why they revolted, what they were going through, and the reality of their lives then. It's a bus ride out of downtown, but I loved it. I visited on independence day, so I felt a particularly deep connection to both sides during my 1.5 hours there.
Cheryl Campbell (2 years ago)
An absolute must do if you've got at least 3 full days in Budapest and feel comfortable using public transit. I popped a SIM card in my phone so I could use Google Maps and track the bus schedules. It was very easy to get here using public transportation, and seeing the park was a delight. Don't miss the Spy films in the adjacent building. by the guidebook when you go in so you know what the significance of the statues are. It also helps explain the era better and you can look at it after you leave
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