In addition to the traditional museums with a long historical past, discovering the city's hidden cultural treasures is also recommended. Traditional exhibitions are not always the norm, and different areas of fine art are presented from a new perspective. It doesn't matter if you prefer the masters of old of more contemporary artists; in Budapest you are sure to find exhibitions that impress and inspire you.
Classical institutions with a long history
The rich historical collections of Budapest's largest museums are impressive in themselves, but they are also worth visiting because of the buildings that house them. The historicising buildings of the Hungarian National Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts have been considered among the most beautiful museums since the 19th century. The Hungarian National Gallery will soon leave behind the imposing spaces of the Castle District and move to a new, modern-style facility. These institutions offer a captivating atmosphere to visitors who are interested in the cultural heritage of the Hungarian people and in the treasures of European art. The museums’ collections include historical relics (including the Hungarian coronation robe in the Hungarian National Museum), paintings and statues from different eras, archaeological finds and other valuable artefacts. The objects in these museums cover not only the past but also exciting topics of the present: the Hungarian National Gallery's Shifts collection, for example, presents the diversity of the second half of the 20th century, while the museums' temporary exhibitions often focus on current social and cultural issues and use new approaches to modern-day art and history.