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

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.

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 (renovated in 2018) 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.

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. Ticket counter from 10:00 to 17:00.

3Hungarian National Gallery – exhibitions in Budapest

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The Hungarian National Gallery is located in Buda Castle and houses the largest public collection of Hungarian fine arts. Its permanent exhibition traces the history of Hungarian art from its founding to today with many works by the most famous Hungarian painter, Mihály Munkácsy.
The National Gallery also houses works of Correggio, El Greco, Memling, Bruegel, Cranach, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Bellotto, Gauguin, and Rodin, among others.
Temporary exhibitions are also scheduled (find programming on the dedicated website).

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

4El Greco Exhibition until 19 February 2023

El Greco Budapest

For the first time in Budapest, a complete exhibition of the work of the Spanish painter El Greco is being presented. From 28 October 2022 to 19 February 2023, the Museum of Fine Arts will present a broad overview of the work of El Greco, or Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), one of the most outstanding masters in the history of European art, with approximately seventy works on display. Considered the founding painter of the Spanish School of the 16th century, his singularity influenced many 20th century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

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.

5Vaszary Exhibition at Buda Castle until until 2 April 2023.

This exhibition at the National Gallery of Buda Castle introduces you to János Vaszary (1867-1939), one of the greatest masters of Hungarian art. The paintings on display cover almost the entire range of Vaszary’s work, from his impressionist beginnings to his expressive compositions, from his art deco style in Paris to his paintings of the Danube promenade and his seaside scenes with a Mediterranean feel.
An exciting exhibition that we recommend!

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

6Vasarely 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 vasarelyHe also is responsible for the famous facade of RTL studio, rue Bayard in Paris:
exhibition vasarely rtlThe Vasarely Museum in Budapest was renovated in 2017 and features more than 150 works.

vasarely museum

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

7Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts

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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.

8Museum 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.

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

9Communist 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.

10André Kertész – until december 31, 2022.

Capa center Budapest

André Kertész (1894-1985), of Hungarian origin, is one of the most famous photographers in the world. The work of André Kertész has had a decisive influence on the recognition of photography as an artistic discipline in its own right. In the 1920s, he was the only one with Man Ray to choose photography as his exclusive medium of artistic expression. Kertész makes photography not the reflection of reality, its recording, but on the contrary the matrix of new forms.

The photographer spent the summers of his childhood in Szigetbecs, experiences here which had a great influence on him. He himself selected the photos from this collection given to Szigetbecs at the twilight of his life, as a gift to the community which gave his childhood magical experiences.

Address: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Nagymező u. 8, disctrict VI, Pest – map  – Website. Open hours: from 14:00 to 19:00 from Tuesday to Friday, from 11:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday.


pinball museum budapest

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 machines Museum in Budapest is the largest permanent pinball exhibition where you can try 140 machines!
Admission for 10 € (6 € 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: 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.