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The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

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Nestled in Buda Castle, on the right bank of the Danube, the Hungarian National Gallery ( Magyar Nemzeti Galeria in Hungarian or MNG) is home to the largest collection of Hungarian art in the country. It is one of the best museums in the capital!

Follow the guide!

⚠️: do not confuse the Hungarian National Gallery with the Hungarian National Museum, located in the former city of Pest and dedicated to the history of Hungary.

Accommodation, flights, activities, citypass …
You’ll find all the Captain’s suggestions in the section
Captain Ulysses’ favourites at the very end of the article!

The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

Visiting the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

If the Hungarian National Gallery gathers collections dating back as far as the Hungarian conquest, it is best known for its altarpieces dating from the late Gothic period as well as for its collections from the 19 th and 20 th centuries.

The museum’s collections are diverse and varied: historical scenes, portraits, landscapes, Art Nouveau, Cubism, etc.

👉 Middle ages : the former throne room is home to a collection of late Gothic altarpieces (15 th and 16 th centuries). The museum also showcases Baroque works inspired by Austrian art.

👉19 th and 20 th centuries : the Gallery exhibits a large collection of paintings and sculptures from the 19 th and 20 th centuries, including pieces from famous Hungarian artists, among whom Miklós Izsó, Mihály Munkácsy, László Paál, Károly Lotz, Pál Szinyei Merse, Bertalan Székely, etc.

👉 Photographs : the Hungarian National Gallery is also home to a large collection of photographs, including photos from Brassai and Ervin Marton.

👉 Panoramic views on Budapest: from the terraces surrounding the dome, you will have a panoramic view on Budapest!

⚓Attention, sailors! ⚓
Want to find out more about Budapest’s top landmarks and museums? Check out the Captain’s article on the best things to do in the Hungarian capital!

Hungarian National Gallery - Budapest


Getting to the Hungarian National Gallery

To get to the Hungarian National Gallery, head for the district of Buda, on the right bank of the Danube. The museum is located in Buda Castle, dating from the 14 th century.

The nearest public transports are:

  • The funicular
  • The bus: Dísz tér stop (served by lines 16, 16A and 116)

Hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses also stop at the Hungarian National Gallery. They’re quite a practical option when it comes to getting around the city.

💡 Relocation of the Hungarian National Gallery 💡
For information, the Hungarian National Gallery is scheduled to move to Városliget (the “City Wood”), east of Budapest, in 2021. Stay tuned …

Opening hours

The Hungarian National Gallery is open every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is however closed on Mondays.


Entrance to the Hungarian National Gallery is included in the Budapest Card. Otherwise, the entrance rates are:

Adults3200 ft
Visitors aged 6 to 26 and visitors over 60 who are members of the EU1600 ft
Children under 6 and visitors over 70Free of charge

👍 The Captain’s tip 👍
Captain Ulysses highly recommends this Budapest free tour.
You’re free to choose how much you want to tip the tour guide at the end of the tour!

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and tours beforehand!

👉 Looking for tips and recommendations? Here are all of Captain Ulysses’ suggestions!

🛏️ Accommodation: if you’re looking for an accommodation in Budapest, Captain Ulysses highly recommends Booking. You’ll find a wide choice of hotels, hostels and apartments in the Hungarian capital. The Captain recommends in particular:
– for small budgets: Avenue Hostel
– for intermediate budgets: Hedonist Lodge, Dolce Vita Rumbach and Tempo Life Apartman
– to treat yourself: Hotel Moments Budapest 

🎟️ Activities: As for booking visits and tourist activities, Captain Ulysses recommends three websites: GetYourGuide, Tiqets and Civitatis. Guided tours, cruises, skip-the-line tickets, tourist activities… there’s plenty to choose from!

🎫 Citypass: If you are staying in Budapest for several days, you might want to consider investing in the Budapest Card. It includes free public transport, free entrance to the Lukacs Spa, two guided tours, free entrance to 17 museums, as well as numerous discounts.

🚐 Transfers: Budapest airport is located about twenty kilometers from the city. If you want to take a load off your mind, you can book a private transfer into Budapest’s city centre from the airport. A car will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the city. Find out more: shared transfer or private transfer.

🚌 Transport in Budapest: Budapest’s public transport system is well-developped and quite easy to navigate: metro, bus, tram and even ferry. If you wish, you can also opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the top tourist attractions in Budapest (audio guide included). Otherwise, there’s always the good old local ways of getting around the city: in a russian jeep or a Trabant.

✈️ Flights: Captain Ulysses highly recommends booking your flights on Skyscanner. You’ll be able to compare countless offers to find the best deal. If your dates are flexible, you can also compare prices over several months to find the cheapest flights possible.

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