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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!

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The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

⚠️ 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.

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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!

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 bus tours also stop at the Hungarian National Gallery. They’re quite a practical option when it comes to getting around the city.
More info: hop-on hop-off bus tour

💡 Relocation of the Hungarian National Gallery 💡

For your information, the Hungarian National Gallery is scheduled to move to the Városliget (the “City Wood”), east of Budapest. 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

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