House of Terror

Budapest, Hungary

House of Terror museum contains exhibitions related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th-century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. The museum opened in 2002.

With regard to communism and fascism, the exhibition contains material on the nation's relationships to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It also contains exhibits related to Hungarian organisations such as the fascist Arrow Cross Party and the communist ÁVH (which was similar to the Soviet Union KGB secret police). Part of the exhibition takes visitors to the basement, where they can see examples of the cells that the ÁVH used to break the will of their prisoners.



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Founded: 2002
Category: Museums in Hungary


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Ray Towey (22 months ago)
If you like history or all things military then you may enjoy this. Photos and back packs are not allowed in the building there are lockers to leave these items. Upper floors are very hot so best to leave your coat to as it's very uncomfortable. Not really suitable for young children.
Judy Tran (22 months ago)
A very detailed and well planned museum showing the history of the wars and their impact on Hungary. Exhibits and videos with personal anecdotes from the survivors of the wars were very interesting and you could easily spend 2 hours here listening to the videos as they continue for quite a while without repeats.
Christie Quarton (22 months ago)
An intriguing place where you see the worst in humanity unfold while the best try to survive it. It was slightly unnerving to go so deep into the evil canals of history but they say those who don't know their history is doomed to repeat it. Well worth a visit while you are in Budapest! You will see and experience things like never before. A gripping experience.
Chrissie Walkden-Brown (23 months ago)
Really good and atmospheric. An important institution for keeping in mind the recent horrors Hungary has gone through. As others have said, if you don’t get the audio guide and are an English speaker, there are room sheets in each room, but I found these detailed and sufficient. ‘Enjoyed’ isn’t the right word but it was a worthwhile experience.
Namra Khan (23 months ago)
The Museum is a must see attraction on your to do list, it gradually takes you on a journey of how Hungarian people have suffered over time. Everything has been well preserved, they give u the option of paying extra for an audio device which explains in English or u can simply pick up script in English from each room.
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