Budapest offers many exhibitions, permanent or temporary, not to be missed during your stay. Discover our Top 10 exhibitions in Budapest in 2024!

1Highlights from the Collection of international art after 1800
National Hungary Gallery at Buda castle

The 19th century section includes the art of romanticism and symbolism with works by the greatest representatives of the French Impressionist era: Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet can be admired alongside Austrian, German, Belgian and Scandinavians artists such as Franz von Lenbach, Wilhelm Leibl, Constantin Meunier, Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

The 20th century and contemporary sections are organized around the most important movements of modern international art: kinetic art, op art, geometric abstraction and are represented by works of major artists such as Günther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Josef Albers, Peter Halley, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Erwin Wurm, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Vera Molnar and Simon Hantaï.

In particular, you will be able to discover the works of the most famous Hungarian painters such as Károly Lotz, Mihály Munkácsy, Pál Szinei Merse, Csontváry, Rippl Rónai and János Vaszary among others.

Discover the National Gallery of Budapest in video:

Address: National Hungarian Gallery, Szent György tér 2., 1st district, Buda – mapwebsite. Open hours: from 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

2Museum of Fine Arts – European Art 1250–1800

Budapest Fine Arts museum

The renewed Egyptian exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts awaits visitors with numerous new artefacts and themes with a larger exhibition space. The ancient Egyptian world is presented in three thematic units: Temples – Gods; The Nile Valley – People; Tombs – The Dead. A new addition is the “Egyptian chamber of secrets”, where visitors can make numerous great discoveries and can learn exciting new facts.

Discover great permanent exhibitions:
European Art 1250–1600 – Rafaelo, Dürer, El Greco, Bruegel,…
European Sculptures 1350-1800 (Messerschimdt, Sansovino,..).
Art in Hungary 1600–1800 (Bogdány Jakab, Mányoki Ádam, Stranover Tóbiás,…).
Egyptian Art and Antiquities.

Museum of Fine Arts video:

Address: Museum of Fine Arts, Dózsa György út 41, XIVth district, Pest – website.
Open hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays.
Temporary exhibitions: from 10:00 to 17:30.

3‘The World of Banksy’ exhibition until 22 September 2024

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Banksy is the world’s most famous and controversial British graffiti artist, turning streets into giant canvases across the globe, from London to New York, Gaza to Tokyo. The exhibition ‘The World of Banksy’ brings together the largest number of life-size murals by this mysterious artist from Bristol.
The exhibition features more than 100 works, murals, canvases and videos covering the whole of Banksy’s output, from paintings in the very early phase of his career to his final years, from works created using the graffiti technique by hand to those created using stencils, which allow for faster execution.
Presented for the first time in Budapest, this exhibition takes place in the Komplex gallery, whose exposed brick walls, dynamic lighting and careful staging make for a complete and immersive experience!

Address: Komplex, Király utca 26, 1061 Pest – mapwebsite. Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm.

4Superluminal at Light Art Museum until June 23, 2024

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Located in the former market hall on Hold Street, the Light Art Museum’s Superluminal exhibition presents the fascinating results of the interaction between art, science and technology. The exhibition features works by over 40 nationally and internationally renowned artists.
The works of art on display will give you a better understanding of the nature of light from new perspectives: from supernovas to black holes, from artificial nature to parallel universes, from programmed neural networks to glowing glass objects, among others. This immersive exhibition plays with your senses through its light installations and projections for an astonishing and unique visit! Watch the museum video on this link.

Address: Ligth Art Museum, Hold utca 13, 1054 Budapest – mapwebsite. Open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

5Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience, from 2 February to 1 September 2024

A cursed and misunderstood artist, a sensitive and tortured spirit, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) has become a legend. Thanks to the new exhibition ‘Van Gogh The immersive Experience’, discover his life, work and secrets through 2D and 3D digital projections, numerous copies of his paintings (including a series devoted to his famous sunflowers) and an absolutely memorable sound and light show. The programme includes a truly immersive journey through his most iconic paintings!
Don’t miss the short film explaining the work ‘The Starry Night’ (1889), an iconic painting that depicts what Vincent Van Gogh could see at night from his room in the asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
In the vast main hall, an immersive show lasting around thirty minutes is presented in 360 degrees! Sun loungers and benches are available for you to admire this superb presentation in complete tranquillity. A drawing workshop and Virtual Reality experience complete the exhibition.

Address: ‘Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience’ at BOK Sportcsarnok, Dózsa György út 1, 14th district, Pest – map – Metro Puskás Ferenc Stadion – website.
Open daily from 10am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Sunday from 9am to 7pm.

6Robert CAPA The Photojournalist – permanent exhibition

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Robert Capa the Correspondent, the world’s first permanent exhibition of the work of Robert Capa, opened on 13 June 2023 in the new exhibition space of the Robert Capa Center in Pest. This unique exhibition presents some 140 photographs, many of which have become emblematic, and explores the major stages in the photographer’s life.
Born in Budapest in 1913, Robert Capa, a war correspondent who saw five battlefields, photographed the war, the fighting, the soldiers in the trenches and everyday life in the hinterland as a participant observer, with boundless compassion. He was there with the soldiers, at the heart of the action. It was this closeness, this participation, that recreated the genre of war photography. Robert Capa had a major impact on the profession of photojournalist and on war photography, as evidenced by his famous and often-quoted phrase: “If your photos aren’t good enough, it’s because you weren’t close enough”.

Address: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Nagymező utca 8, 6th district, 1065 Budapest – mapwebsite. Open Tuesday to Friday, 2pm to 7pm. Weekends from 11am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays.

7Vasarely Museum – exhibitions in Budapest

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Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), a Hungarian plastician and naturalized French in 1961, is recognized as the father of the optical school of Op Art. He developed his own style of geometric abstract art and also worked for many French companies including Renault on its logo:
exhibition vasarelyThe Vasarely Museum in Budapest was renovated in 2017 and features more than 150 works.

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Address: Vasarely Museum, Szentlelek tér 6, IIIrd district, Buda – planwebsite.
Open hours: 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

8Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts – exhibitions in Budapest

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The Ludwig Museum offers contemporary and modern works of art including American Pop Art (Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, etc.) and also Central European artists with a focus on Hungarian art of the sixties to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are scheduled (find programming on the museum website).
Pictures gallery:

Address: Ludwig Museum, Komor Marcell u. 1, IXth arrondissement, Pest – mapwebsite. Open hours: 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

9Museum House of Terror

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The House of Terror museum, opened in 2002, traces the history of the Fascist and Communist regimes in Hungary in the 20th century through a reconstruction of events, places and the projection of documents. It was one of the most controversial museums in Budapest when it was inaugurated.

House of Terror museum video:

Address: House of Terror museum, Andrássy út 60, Sixth District, Pest – mapwebsite.
Open hours: 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

10Communist Statues Park – Memento Park

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Located 10km south of Budapest, Memento Park is an open-air museum of some 40 communist-era statues in Budapest, which were brought together in this park in 1991.

Address: Memento park, Balatoni út – Szabadkai utca sarok, XXII District, Pest – mapwebsite – Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Sunday.

11Exhibition Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Capa… / Hungarian photographers in America (1914-1989)

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For the first time, the works of photographers of Hungarian origin who emigrated to the United States are the subject of a comprehensive exhibition in Hungary. The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, presents the work of more than 30 photographers, including André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Martin Munkácsi and Robert Capa, and introduces the public to the rich heritage of Hungarian-American photography. More than 170 works by 32 artists will be on show at the Fine Arts Museum on Heroes’ Square from 6 April to 25 August 2024.

Address: Museum of Fine Arts, Dózsa György út 41, XIVth district, Pest – website.
Open hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays.

12EXHIBITION CINEMA MYSTICA

The Cinema Mystica exhibition is an immersive digital exhibition space covering 1,200 m2, with around ten rooms that take you on a journey of all your senses into a new digital world. These visual and audio experiences are also interactive, with some of the artistic installations reacting to our movements, buttons or even our questions thanks to artificial intelligence. One of the main attractions of the current exhibition is the space called “The Garden“, where you can walk on the interactive floor and discover life pulsating in the impressive Tree of Life in the centre of the room.
The Hungarian creators of Cinema Mystica have succeeded in pushing back the boundaries between technology and art with this unique sensory experience.
You can also watch a video of the Cinema Mystica exhibition on this link.

Book your ticket in advance and avoid the queues:
Mystica Exhibition information and tickets – click here

Address: Cinema Mystica, Ferenciek tere 10, 5th district, Pest – mapwebsite.
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday.

13INTERACTIVE PINBALL MUSEUM

pinball museum budapest
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Let’s get out of the classic exhibition scene in Budapest with a different kind of museum. Are you nostalgic for pinball machines? The Pinball Museum in Budapest is the largest permanent pinball exhibition where you can try 140 machines!
Admission for 13 € (9 € for those under 27 and over 62) offers you unlimited games on the pinball machines of your choice!

Open hours: closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday-Friday: 16: 00-24: 00, Saturday: 14: 00-24: 00, Sunday: 10:00-22:00.
Address: Pinball Museum, Radnóti Miklós u. 18, XIIIth district. websitemap.

This article on the exhibitions in Budapest is regularly updated, but do not hesitate to check the open hours on the websites of the exhibitors to avoid any unforeseen surprises (public holidays, private events…).

Also discover our section ‘calendar’ on this link  for festivals, concerts, exhibitions in Budapest by month and our article on the best museums of Budapest on this link.