The Museum of Fine Arts by night

The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) by night

The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) is a museum on Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), facing the Hall of Art (Műcsarnok). It was built by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog in an eclectic-neoclassical style, between 1900 and 1906. The museum’s collection is made up of international art and comprises more than 100,000 pieces. The collection is made up of various pieces from the Buda Castle, Esterházy and Zichy estates, as well as donations from individual collectors. The Museum’s collection is made up of six departments: Egyptian, Antique, Old sculpture gallery, Old painter gallery, Modern collection, Graphics collection. The institution celebrated its centenary in 2006.

The Ancient Egyptian art; including painted mummy sarcophagi; and Old Master Paintings; including 3,000 works by artists such as Raphael, Correggio, Titian, El Greco and Goya; are the most significant collections, but added to these are the constant temporary exhibitions, like the current ‘Boticelli to Titian‘ exhibition (click here for more details) which are often great, including many borrowed works to compliment the museum’s own collections.

An adult ticket costs 1,600 HUF (about 6 Euros) but the temporary exhibitions will cost extra and there are plenty of other ticket options, so click here for more ticket information! The Fine Art Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am – 5.30 pm (last entrance at 4.30 pm) and on Thursdays until 9.30 pm, as part of the ‘Museum plus events’ (admission from 5 pm, only with tickets purchased for the Museum + events) and closed on Mondays.

Click here for the Museum of Fine Art’s English website!

The Museum of Fine Arts by day

The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) by day

There is the Heroes Square Metro line 1 stop and bus 105, trolley bus 75 and trolley bus 79 also stop there. Oktogon is also a 10-15 minute walk away.

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I will update with posts about future temporary exhibitions so check back and let me know if you have any queries or reports about the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest in the comments section below.

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